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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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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Let It Burn??

Looking at a prayer of discipleship to Jesus from the Psalms. On trusting in the Lord as our teacher… To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. Indeed, none who wait for you […]

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Counting the Cost?

Have you ever been “on fire” for Jesus? Maybe when you first came to Him and prayed that prayer, and felt the Holy Spirit invade you for the first time? Just how “on fire” for Jesus were you? How excited are you, right now, to know that you have a personal relationship with the creator […]

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For All People

Looking at a meeting on the road of life between the apostle Philip and a certain man who, though excluded from the temple of God, lived his life with reverence and love for God anyway. Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes […]

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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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