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The Beatitudes from the Back Side [Paperback]

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Pages   122
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.44" Height: 0.33"
Weight:   0.42 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2008
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN  0687650844  
EAN  9780687650842  


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Using his method of approaching Bible passages from an unusual angle or a unique starting point, J. Ellsworth Kalas presents new insight into the beatitudes, Jesus? blessings from the Sermon on the Mount.

The book contains sessions and a study guide for personal use or for use in groups.
This book continues Kalas' popular series of ?Back Side? books.

The beatitudes form the introduction to what is no doubt the best-known sermon ever preached. We call it the Sermon on the Mount (see Matthew 5?7), and of course it was preached by Jesus.
When we start examining the beatitudes we realize that in Jesus? view, happiness is not something we get by pursuing it; indeed, almost the contrary. We are told that we will be happy?or blessed, if you prefer?in what appears to be the near antithesis of happiness. If we choose to live by the beatitudes, we make a declaration of dependence. We put ourselves into bondage to such things as poverty of spirit, purity of heart, and a readiness for persecution. This isn?t the sort of product they advertise on prime-time television; indeed, I?m not sure that it appears overly often in our prime-time worship services. That is because this is not a spiritual quick fix. It doesn?t come in a five-easy-lessons capsule. Instead, it is largely contrary to the way we live and to the way we think.
Before we go any further, however, let me say that over the past twenty centuries a very great many people have found in these beatitudes a depth of peace and joy beyond anything our common culture promotes and seeks. But it isn?t easy, and it isn?t obvious. There?s nothing easy or soft about this kind of dependence. Rather, it is an attitude that demands a huge store of courage. It?s the kind of dependence the trapeze artist displays when he or she lets go of the bar and with no safety net awaiting, flies off into space, trusting.
Welcome to the beatitudes. And may you be eternally happy, beginning now.

Publishers Description

Using his method of approaching Bible passages from an unusual angle or a unique starting point, J. Ellsworth Kalaspresents new insight into the beatitudes, Jesus blessings from the Sermon on the Mount. When we start examining the beatitudes we realize that in Jesus view, happiness is not something we get by pursuing it; indeed, almost the contrary. We are told that we will be happy or blessed, if you prefer in what appears to be the near antithesis of happiness. If we choose to live by the beatitudes, we make a declaration of dependence. We put ourselves into bondage to such things as poverty of spirit, purity of heart, and a readiness for persecution. This isn t the sort of product they advertise on prime-time television; indeed, I m not sure that it appears overly often in our prime-time worship services. That is because this is not a spiritual quick fix. It doesn t come in a five-easy-lessons capsule. Instead, it is largely contrary to the way we live and to the way we think. Before we go any further, however, let me say that over the past twenty centuries a very great many people have found in these beatitudes a depth of peace and joy beyond anything our common culture promotes and seeks. But it isn t easy, and it isn t obvious. There s nothing easy or soft about this kind of dependence. Rather, it is an attitude that demands a huge store of courage. It s the kind of dependence the trapeze artist displays when he or she lets go of the bar and with no safety net awaiting, flies off into space, trusting. Welcome to the beatitudes. And may you be eternally happy, beginning now.

adapted from the introduction

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More About J. Ellsworth Kalas

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John D. Schroeder is a freelance writer and has written more than fifteen study guides for small groups, including the Leader s Guides for Sisters: Bible Study for Women. He has also coauthored four books, including How to Start and Sustain a Faith-Based Small Group, How to Start and Sustain a Faith-Based Young AdultGroup, Dear Lord! They Want Me to Give the Devotions, and Dear Lord! They Want Me to Give the Devotion Again. John has been a newspaper reporter, and a copy editor and director of communications for several corporations. He currently lives in Minneapolis.

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Teaching UNITED METHODIST ADULTS  Feb 12, 2010
Beatitudes From the BackSide - KALAS - Always a good source for a series of lessons for adults. Promotes discussion.
 
Beautitudes from Back Side  Feb 11, 2010
Have really enjoyed reading this author writting. Presents a fresh look .
D.Brown
 
Great for a discussion group.  Oct 2, 2009
This was purchased as a study guide for an adult Sunday School class. We have used Dr. Kalas previously. As Dr. Kalas points out, it is not quite as strong on the "Back Side" approach, since the Beatitudes are already "on the back side. However, the guide is very well written and lends itself to a vigorous and profitable discussion experience. It brings new and expanded understanding of their meaning in our current times.
 

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