Tag Archives: Jesus

2-25-16 “Peace”

Storms can be scary and destructive. Hot/cold air collisions and seasonal change can produce some nasty weather. In our personal life, it’s also true that changing winds can bring a storm. In the Gospels, there’s a pivotal moment where the … Continue reading

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2-24-16 “Tiny”

Big results in God’s kingdom often start very small. Jesus explained it this way: “To what shall we liken the Kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it? It is like a mustard seed which, when it is … Continue reading

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2-23-16 “Sowing”

The seed parable is a powerful illustration. Found in Luke 8:4-15, it describes four different results of the same type of seed falling onto the ground. A combining of the story with Jesus’ explanation renders four pictures: The Hard Soil-no fruit at all (seed … Continue reading

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2-22-16 “Labels”

We can be labeled many things by others; “nice”, “mean”, “attractive”, “talented”, “clumsy”, etc. Some are welcome-some aren’t. In the Bible, there’s a lot of people who knew about labels. One of them encountered Jesus while in a lifestyle so colorful … Continue reading

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2-20-16 “Burdens”

Sometimes the journey of faith is filled with “stumped toes” and “skinned knees”. Do you ever feel like sitting down, tending to your wounds, and giving up? If so, you’re not alone. Jesus understands the struggles we face. Think about … Continue reading

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2-19-16 “Humility”

Humility is different than weakness. A person can be in a position of weakness, or forced into submission, and still not have humility. Humility only comes when there is a decision of the will. A strong will can be a … Continue reading

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2-18-16 “Rock”

Wise builders start with a solid foundation. If the substructure is faulty, what’s above will eventually crumble. Jesus said not everyone who says “Lord, Lord” shall enter the Kingdom. Consider His words: “Many will say to Me in that day, … Continue reading

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2-17-16 “Fruit”

In several different ways, scripture points to fruit as the mark of a disciple’s life. For example, Jesus said: “You will know them by their fruits.” – Matthew 7:15a NKJV Sometimes fruit can be clearly seen (like walking through an … Continue reading

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2-16-16 “Pathways”

The life of a disciple is not readily understood or embraced by popular culture. Consider how Jesus described the contrast: “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and … Continue reading

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2-15-16 “Judged”

No one likes being judged; especially when it’s based on someone else’s standards. Jesus gave a rule we call “golden” that says:  “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law … Continue reading

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2-13-16 “Worry”

Do you ever get anxious and try to “look over God’s shoulder” to see if He’s “reading the instructions” correctly? Jesus spoke on several occasions about the subject of worry. As He pointed out the lifestyle of the birds and … Continue reading

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2-11-16 “Treasure”

What captures your heart? What pursuit, activity, person or possession do you treasure? Consider Jesus’ words about the heart’s allegiance: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and … Continue reading

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2-9-16 “Glory”

How do we pray “In this manner…concerning glory.”? The last phrase in Jesus’ model prayer is: “…For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” Matthew 6:13b Acknowledging that the kingdom, the power, and the glory all … Continue reading

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2-7-16 “Forgiving”

The fourth phrase in Jesus’ model prayer is: “…And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” – Matthew 6:12 Genuinely asking for someone’s forgiveness goes against pride. It’s based on contrition and repentance; whereas superficial requests are self-centered … Continue reading

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2-5-16 “Yours”

How do we pray “In this manner…concerning kingdom”? The second phrase in Jesus’ model prayer is: “…Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:9-10 What exactly are we asking for when requesting His kingdom … Continue reading

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Have People Lost Their Ever-Loving-Mind?

Over the last few weeks, there’s been a number of news stories that make you wonder if some people have simply “lost-their-ever-loving-mind”. For example, commentators and politicians are blaming everything (but the shooter) for the terrible murder of the reporter … Continue reading

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Being Grieved Over Sin Doesn’t Make You a Bigot

There’s a collective sadness sweeping over our beloved country. It isn’t hate-filled, small-minded, or nostalgic; it’s grief. It’s a genuine, heart-felt, deep-in-the-soul sigh over legal affirmation of sin. Of course that statement probably offends some, but the desire isn’t to … Continue reading

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Three Reminders from Elijah’s Road Trip

Elijah was a mighty Prophet of God. He witnessed spectacular, dramatic and powerful displays of God’s power. However, Elijah was “a man with a nature just like ours” (James 5:17). Even though we’re not calling fire from heaven, there are … Continue reading

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Life after Christmas

I’ve been thinking about Mary and Joseph “the-day-after”. The whole scene at the manger has always intrigued me, what with total strangers showing up to celebrate, only to leave and tell everyone in town about it. So what about the … Continue reading

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Does it Really Matter? The Essentials: Part 4-Who is Jesus?

Asking “Who is Jesus?” on the street in most cities would rarely produce a clear consensus. No other name in history equals His influence, but there are still various opinions of Christ. It’s interesting how little that’s changed in 2,000 … Continue reading

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