27 September 2020
Forgiving is hard work. In order to forgive, we often believe that we need to be owed something in order to forgive the person. If we don’t receive something we know it will cost us. Yet Jesus tells us that we should forgive endlessly. He knew best of all what forgiveness costs. Forgiveness always starts with the forgiver. It starts with our forgiveness given to us by Christ.
22 September 2020
We know that the church struggles under the weight of sin. We often DO act like hypocrites, and when you get a bunch of hypocrites into one room problems will arise. So when someone sins, how are we to deal with it? We point them to Jesus. Jesus dealt with sin completely. He called it what it was, but in love he also buried our sin in his tomb.
13 September 2020
A couple of years ago I went to visit my sister and she suggested that…
6 September 2020
Jesus asked his disciples who people said he was. Their neighbors, the people across the road from them and a couple houses down and weren’t quite sure. Men like Jeremiah, Elijah, John the Baptist, Matthew, and the Apostle Paul all confess the same thing in their own way, “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” And those words have taken hold of your life so that what you may not otherwise realize you now know full well.
30 August 2020
It wasn’t just any woman who came to Jesus that day, but it was a Canaanite woman. If you were an Israelite there wouldn’t be a much better candidate than a Canaanite for someone who is unclean and defliled. Yet, she had tasted his mercies before and by faith she knew what Jesus’ merciful response would be.
23 August 2020
Don’t be afraid.” This is a profound statement. To make it intelligible English the phrase is translated, “It is I.” But Jesus literally says, “Take courage! I am!” Jesus is showing us who he is. “I am who I am. I have always been. I will always be. I am present. I am here.”
16 August 2020
The disciples had a problem but they didn’t bring it to Jesus, they just told him that he should send the crowd away. They were being overly pragmatic. Yet Jesus cares. We might look at Jesus’ compassion as something that is miraculous. He shows compassion consistently and completely. But it really is not, because it is natural to who he is.
9 August 2020
Series: Life in the Weeds
As disciples in a world of weeds how can we ever hold dearly that which is treasure? How can we sell everything and hold to Christ when we face opposition? Holding to spiritual treasure is difficult. That is why Christ sought us out. That is why Christ gave up everything so that he might have us—his treasures and pearls.
2 August 2020
Series: Life in the Weeds
What are we to do as we live among the weeds? Dare we try to purify the world in which we live with rules and laws to make people more Christlike?