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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The Bible Says…

We are getting to the jump off point now for many would be Christians. We are at the hard points of the teachings of Jesus, the points where even those who want to follow find it too unwise, too risky, too hard. Just as many of Jesus’ early disciples turned away and left, we still […]

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My First Neighbor

I’m going to upset some people today, but sometimes there’s no way to it but to go right through it. I’m going back to the sermon on the mount, we have a long way to go with this. But the subject we’ve come to now is a sticky subject: Jesus’ teaching about divorce. But, we’ve […]

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Just Daydreaming

Back in the Sermon on the Mount today, continuing to trace Jesus’ teaching on what it means to be living in the Kingdom of God. Jesus began by holding up the Old Testament teaching of the law regarding anger, which says, simply, don’t murder anyone. Of course, we bring about all kinds of misery in […]

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Restoration and Condemnation

Some words from the apostle Paul concerning our tendency want to “correct” others we think are doing wrong. Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Right here, right off the bat – you who are spiritual. It is not for any and […]

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Know Jesus, Know Peace

Know Jesus, know peace. No Jesus, no peace. We’ve all seen the bumper sticker. Nice, easy slogan. Maybe we believe it, maybe we don’t. But one thing I’m sure of is that even if we do believe it, we are only talking about our own personal, inner peace. The wars that go on inside our […]

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Known by Love

Happy New Year!!  A message on carrying our message into the world in 2017. As Christians today, the world knows all about what we are against. In fact, we are known to the world mostly by what we are against. We have learned the art of protest, the art of shouting down those we disagree […]

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Without Forgiveness

Since Sunday I have been angry. I have been yelling. A lot. I’ve been steaming, fuming. I’ve gotten into better moods, only to flash back into anger. I sit steaming, wondering “what am I supposed to do here.” I know I’m supposed to be able to forgive. But I also have my honor. My pride. […]

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A Hard Walk

Have you ever just felt like you were under attack? Have you ever felt like it’s just you against the world, you’re under attack, and it’s time to fight back? Have you ever felt that way yet avoided the temptation to justify yourself, avoided the drive to fight fire with fire, as we say. Jesus […]

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Male and Female

Sometimes I read things and it just makes me stop and think. About a month ago my pastor recommended for the church to read a book by Dr. James Garlow titled “Well versed – biblical answers to today’s tough issues.” He had copies available to take, so I took one. I’m still reading the book, […]

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