Berlin Immanuel Church gathered on Sunday, 11 February, continuing in series on the Beatitudes with Matthew 5:8. The Pharisees tried to reduce faith and righteousness to actions and behavior; they were more concerned about the external religion and forgot the more important matters of the law which are to love God with all our heart and mind and love our neighbor. Jesus brings out this problem when speaking to them in many places in the gospels – in Matthew 15:18-19, 12:33-34, and reminds them what God told Samuel in 1 Samuel 6:7 that God’s main concern is the man’s heart. Heart is the focus and center of the teachings of Jesus and the one thing that he wants to transform. Blessed are the pure in heart, not only pure on the surface but in the center of their being, at the source of every action, thought and feeling. Heart is the source of all our troubles and is beyond cure, as Jeremiah 17:9 puts it, as the result of the sin.