The Wine will Flow

Still turning water into wine here… Mary, despite not actually asking her son to fix the problem of the wine running out, clearly shows a trust in him to be able to do something.   So when Jesus says to her “What’s that for us?”, “His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”   So […]

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Leading By Example

It’s amazing sometimes how we miss the pieces of the puzzle coming together.  It’s all the more amazing to us when we have our eyes opened and can now see what we’ve always missed before.  I’ve been reading N.T. Wright’s book “The Day the Revolution Began; Reconsidering the meaning of Jesus’s Crucifixion”, and it’s bringing […]

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Desiring mercy, not sacrifice

In my message a couple days ago about Jesus being “perfect theology”, I asked the question “does God shun sinners?” To which I answer emphatically NO, he welcomes them. There are many “proof texts” I could use, but the one that comes quickest to mind for me is this from Matthew – But when he […]

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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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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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Supernatural Spectacular

Another temptation of Christ. The second temptation recorded by Matthew, the temptation of spectacle. Immediately following the first temptation, which Jesus deflected with scripture, the tempter comes in using scripture itself to convince the son of Man of his next “good idea”. Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on […]

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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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Only Human

“I’m only human!!” How many times have we heard that? How many times have we said that? We think that in saying that we are only human, we are merely confirming the fact of who we are. Being human means being sinful, right?? There’s just one problem with that. We were never supposed to live […]

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