Kingdom Come!!

Looking at one of my favorite passages in the Bible this morning. I’m sure I’ve done this before, but there’s a lot to be said about this section of scripture, and this is just where I’m led today. In Luke 24, after the resurrection of Jesus. It’s been a long week for the followers of […]

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How to Move Mountains

Looking at an example of Jesus Christ, Son of God, living out his teachings in the Sermon on the Mount at a moment in time when it would have been very useful to him to NOT follow his own ways. But of course, that would have been very un-Christ like of our Christ, wouldn’t it? […]

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Do Unto Others

Having looked at the power of the request, both of man and of God, and especially of requesting from God and man at the same time, we come now to what we call the Golden Rule. So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law […]

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Change We Can Believe In

Back to the issue of asking, of making requests, instead of demanding. We need to always understand (and never forget) that we are made in the image of God. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis‬ ‭1:27‬ ‭ESV‬‬. It […]

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Just Ask

And now, continuing the thoughts about not condemning and manipulating through judgment and our “helping” them. Exactly how in the world do we go about actually “helping” someone if we can’t, don’t and won’t condemn them and their behaviors, and if we don’t force our will upon them by showing and telling them our more […]

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Giving Pearls to Pigs

  Sometimes, we just have the solution, don’t we? We just have that moment of clarity when it all comes together. Especially after we’ve “found God”, or “met Jesus”. Not only do we have the solution, but now we have His great commission to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in […]

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The Log In Our Eye

We looked at condemnation yesterday, but there is so much involved in this and in Jesus treatment of it, I have to go there again. Condemnation is very powerful. It cuts to the most vulnerable areas at the core of our being. This is why it hurts so badly when used against us, and also […]

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Family Matters

Jesus’ famous teaching on judging others, which is really another teaching on anger and condemnation. Again,I need to point out that Jesus great sermon really is just that – a sermon. Or really, a talk and teaching. It’s not disjointed teachings of Jesus randomly collected in one place by the gospel writer, it is an […]

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No Condemnation

During my contemplation time this morning, as Pastor Brian Zahnd would call it my time to “sit with Jesus”, I was thinking about beginning the home stretch of my look at the Sermon on the Mount. We’ve looked at Matthew Chapters 5 and 6, and hopefully you’ve followed along and seen that Jesus great discourse […]

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Appearances

Yesterday we began looking at Jesus discussion on anxiety and worry, and specifically our food, sustenance and just whom we are depending on for that daily bread. But while many of us do treasure our food place a high value on it, many others would rather starve than look bad. But the apostle John told […]

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