Cause and Effect

From the scroll of Isaiah, a vision of the end times. Isaiah gives us a vision not of death and destruction, doom and gloom. He gives us a vision of peace, a vision of joy, a vision of hope. For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not […]

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Real Authority!!

With Jesus having finished his sermon on the mount, Matthew adds these words to let us know the immediate effect the Jesus great talk had on those who heard him. “And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not […]

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Leaking Foudations

Jesus, the great civil engineer, talking about foundations of rock and foundations of sand. Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, […]

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“Cogito Ergo Sum”

“I think, therefore I am.” Or in Latin – “Cogito ergo sum.” As it first appeared in French – “donc je suis.” A well meaning man’s effort to get to the basic of being, of exactly who we are. Rene Descartes was a devout Catholic and believer in the resurrected Christ, but Descartes wanted to […]

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Our Will Be Done…

The Sermon on the Mount, and not all who read this will be happy with it. We live and grow up in a Christianity that tells us to say a sinners prayer, usually based on Romans 10:9 (“But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that […]

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Honor Your Father and Mother

Principle 6 of recovery (from the Celebrate Recovery principles) reads as follows – “Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others, except when to do so would harm them or others.” This differs from the secular 12 step program specifically in that […]

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Love and Truth

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that […]

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Frogs and False Prophets

Jesus continuing his sermon on the mount, giving us the hard truth that not all who claim his name will be what they seem. Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. This was a hard teaching of Jesus that remains difficult. Beware of false prophets. Remember […]

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Show Us The Father

The day after the 4th of July.  It’s Wednesday, “hump day!”  What greater day could there ever be?? It is a day which has been filled with the presence of Jesus Christ, as is every other day. Because, after all, he “…fills all things everywhere with himself.” ‭Ephesians‬ ‭1:23‬ ‭NLT‬‬. The world is burning with […]

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What We Believe

Took a break from the Sermon on the Mount for a while, but I’m jumping back in this morning. Hopefully, I can be brief and “keep it moving” today, because this part really is pretty simple. “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, […]

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