What is Hell??

The Pharisees theology always had the danger of causing them to be unkind to the poor and sick.  When they mocked Jesus for saying they could not serve God and money, Jesus gives them the Parable of the Rich man and Lazarus.  Or, we might say, a story of hell and how to get there. […]

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Chills

Just had a random thought enter my mind during my prayer time this morning. I’ve never thought about this before, and this thought line may be totally undeveloped for now, but I’m going to throw it out there anyway. Just had a thought about this particular verse of scripture – Truly, I say to you, […]

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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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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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Jesus the Great

Looking at the last temptation of Jesus in the Judean wilderness before the man Jesus of Nazareth embarked on His mission to bring the Kingdom of God on earth, just as it is in Heaven. Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and […]

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Human need

I’m back to the humanity of our Christ. I’ve looked at his temptations before, and I’m back here again. How we see Jesus temptations in that Judean wilderness will tell us much about how we see Christ’s humanity. Let me ask you a question. Do you believe Jesus was actually tempted by the devil? In […]

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Wrong Ideas

A story of Jesus which shows a dark part of what is in our human nature, and His response to it. Then a demon-oppressed man who was blind and mute was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the man spoke and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, “Can this […]

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The Battle is Not Yours

Got a little ambitious today. Hopefully it’s worth it. “And David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his armor in his tent.” King David leads a storied life in scripture. He is absolutely one of the central characters of the Old Testament. We know the story of […]

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A Man and his Demon

Looking at a short parable of Jesus with big implications for all of us. The story of a man and his demon… When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, but finds none. This man had a demon, some kind of a hurt, habit, or hang up […]

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The Root of Evil

We like (love!) to misquote Paul in saying that money is the root of all evil. In reality, this is what Paul told his young disciple Timothy – “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and […]

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