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Finding Happiness (Part 6)

Matthew 5:8
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“Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.” (NKJV)

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I know that it isn’t fair mentioning this so close to lunch time, so I ask your forgiveness in advance.  Did you know that the Food and Drug Administration has a publication that gives acceptable levels of ingestion of food contaminates? The first paragraph of their  “Food Defect Action Levels” booklet says, “Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 110.110 allows the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to establish maximum levels of natural or unavoidable defects in foods for human use that present no health hazard. These "Food Defect Action Levels" listed in this booklet are set on this premise--that they pose no inherent hazard to health.”  (

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Not too bad, right?  I’m not done yet.  Did you know that, according to this publication, it is healthy for your Fig Newton to have up to thirteen insect heads per 100 grams of fig paste?  Did you also know that up to four rodent hairs in a jar of peanut butter, or 5 milligrams of rat excrement per pound of sesame seeds won’t hurt you? (

Our text says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.” (NKJV)  What do you think Jesus meant by pure?  What level of defilement can a person have in their heart and still be pure?  Is it four rodent hairs or 5 milligrams of excrement or 13 insect heads? 

About eight years ago, long before the increased security measures resulting from 9-11, I was selected at random for a high tech search of my laptop computer as I passed through the security check point at the Albuquerque Sunport. The guard took a paper towel and wiped the outside of my Pentium -75 laptop and put the towel over a small pipe emitting air. A moment later, she showed a printout to her supervisor. I strained to hear their conversation. "Run it again," he said. 

By now, a line was forming behind me. She repeated the routine. Wiping my laptop, putting the paper over the small pipe and talking to her supervisor. After the third time, the supervisor came over and asked to see my ticket. 

People were staring at me. I began to feel self-conscious and kinda guilty. Guilty of what? I didn't know, but I felt the same way I did as a freshman in High School setting outside the principal's office because I smarted off at a teacher.

"Is there a problem?" I asked. "Your computer has set off three alarms, and we can't let you on the plane without the approval of the airlines." "What do you mean alarms--what kind of alarms?" Looking at the tape, the supervisor said, "The alarm is for plastic explosives." "Wait just a minute, the official from the airlines will be here soon."

There must be some kind of mistake, I thought. I looked at my watch, I'd been in line now for 30 minutes, I could miss my flight. I considered my options. I could leave my laptop behind, but I needed it for the work I was supposed to do on the trip.

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