Little Rich Man

I’ve been working my way through the gospel of Luke, now we are into chapter 19. Ever since chapter 9, Luke has been retracing the final journey of Jesus to Jerusalem. From right after the transfiguration in chapter 9 to the triumphal entry at the end of chapter 19, Jesus is on a journey from […]

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The Comfort of His People

Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. […]

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What Does This Have to do With Me?

Keeping it simple today (I hope). A question I have asked previously is “Does God resent human pleasure?”  Was the pastor/father from the movie Footloose (at least the 80s version) right?  Does all partying and dancing make God the Father angry, and risk hellfire and brimstone crashing upon us? I know where that picture of God […]

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They Could Have Been Saved

I’m continuing what I started yesterday, looking at Jesus on the road to Jerusalem with the full knowledge of what the outcome would be.   Beginning today with his entry into Jerusalem, that triumphant entry where the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty […]

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Called Out

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.   Jesus is the good shepherd! We can say that again, Jesus IS the Good Shepherd!! But The thief […]

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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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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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