Going Beyond

In Matthew 5:43-48 is another well known passage where Jesus is teaching on loving your enemies.  Matt 5:44 says “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Bonhoffer in “Cost of Discipleship” clarifies enemies are those who have hostility against us, not necessarily those against who we have hostility against.   How we […]

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Remembering 9/11

God does not cause evil, sinful men do evil as an act of rebellion against their Creator.  Yet, God is not helpless and unaware of the evil men do, he is sovereign over it…using it for the billions of reasons that we will never understand because we are not Him – yet we may catch […]

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Preventing Drift

Psalm 130 reminds us of a stark truth “if you, LORD should mark iniquities, who could stand?” In other words, if God actually treated any of us like our sins really deserved we should be treated NONE of us are standing. Here’s the but – “but with you there is forgiveness, that you may be […]

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Jesus in Judges

I read Judges 13 this morning and it kinda felt like I had never read it before.  It was like maybe little elves (spiritual elves, of course) came and added it to my Bible overnight. (C’mon…it could happen.)  It is a whole chapter – 25 verses – describing the encounter(s) of Samson’s parents with the […]

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Jesus Prays for You

John 17 is a very rich passage – it’s Jesus’ prayer before he is arrested, falsely tried, beaten and crucified. In it we see several things that are emphasized. Glorifying God – Jesus glorified God on Earth.  How?  By fulfilling the Father’s plan perfectly and faithfully. Likewise, we glorify God by doing his will – […]

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Disciples Bear Fruit

In John 15 is the well known section where Jesus illustrates that he is the true vine (as opposed to Israel, Jesus is perfectly faithful)  and we are the branches, we are to abide. Our word “abide” is to remain, to stay with. In other words, don’t leave Jesus for sin – stay with him, […]

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Path to Peace

In John 14:15-31 Jesus describes a sequence of interdependent events – If you claim to love Jesus you will know and obey his word (14:15, 21) If you love Jesus, you are loved by the Father (v21) If you are loved by the Father, Jesus loves you and reveals himself to you (v21) If Jesus […]

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Getting to the Real Issue

In working my way through John, we see the theme of belief coming up over and over again. This is the reason for the writing of the book (see John 20:31). However people coming to understand and believe that Jesus was the long prophesied Messiah and God in flesh wasn’t a good thing for everyone. […]

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Psalm 68:8/Ephesians 4:1-16

Psalm 68 among other things, speaks of the victory and presence of the LORD, verse 18 may ring familiar if you know Ephesians: “You ascended on high, leading a host of captives in your train and receiving gifts among men…” Paul quotes this verse in Eph 4:8, as he is writing about Christians walking in […]

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