Posts with the tag “following-jesus”
Coming to our Senses
May 1st, 2021
The results are the same; God seeks to get our attention through the crises of our lives....
Looking for Loopholes
April 25th, 2021
One does not try to or need to justify oneself if they know they are doing what is right. There is no need to use mental gymnastics to reinterpret the plain words of scripture if in your heart you kn...
Not Against Me but For God
April 23rd, 2021
I think there are denominations and other expressions of our Christian faith that honestly think they are the only ones who are the true followers of Jesus Christ and would keep others who call on Jes...
Listen to Jesus
April 21st, 2021
The importance of what God says from the cloud on this day cannot be overstated. In the presence of Moses and Elijah, God announces that Jesus, his Son, his Chosen is the one to listen to. ...
Taking Up Your Cross
April 17th, 2021
The cross was not something that was unpleasant, the cross was a cruel and unusual instrument of torture and death. The end result of carrying a cross was the end of your life,...
The Answer Makes a Difference
April 16th, 2021
You see, our faith does nothing to change the truth of who Jesus is. No matter what we choose to believe about Jesus, Jesus is still who he is. Just because we believe something different does not m...
April 12th, 2021
One of the things that has not changed is that we are still called on by Jesus to share the good news of the kingdom of God even when we may not be received well. The fact that others may not want to...
April 6th, 2021
I think Jesus is asserting a very similar principle. It is not that Jesus doesn’t love his mother and his biological half brothers but, his deeper connection is with those who are profoundly connecte...
What is My Witness?
April 2nd, 2021
What is the Church’s answer to the question, “Are you the representative of Jesus on earth, or should we wait for another?” Is the Church of Jesus Christ able to point to acts of mercy, healing, good...
All Are Welcome
March 21st, 2021
Tax-collectors in Jesus’ day and community were seen as traitors to the occupied nation of Israel. Not only did they collect money for the occupying country of Rome but, they were often accused of co...
March 15th, 2021
I don’t remember when I first realized what this verse was actually revealing. Peter, James, and John, which Luke tells us in verse 10, are partners in a fishing business, decide to walk away from th...
March 12th, 2021
The thought that comes to me within this context, is that I can be easily distracted from God’s primary call on my life. I can easily feel like I’m doing a good thing right where I am in the very way...
March 6th, 2021
It is clear that we all have the capacity to choose that on which we will focus. I don’t think I’m going to far to say that, in this case, it is the same as worshiping. What we focus on, what we inv...
What Makes Jesus Tick?
February 23rd, 2021
John seems to be saying that we can be sure we know what makes Jesus tick, if we live as he has told us to live. Remember, for those of us who have claimed Jesus as Lord and Savior, what we have real...
Joining the People of God
February 11th, 2021
What an amazing thing it would be if we modeled Jesus’ method of attracting those who were being pushed out and excluded by the religious leaders of his day. Jesus invited the broken and the hurting ...
Rooted and Grounded in Love
January 30th, 2021
According to this mornings text, it is the Spirit of God that allows Christ to dwell in our hearts. But, for me, the most important thing is the Holy Spirit roots me and grounds me in love. I can ha...
Do Not be Afraid
January 7th, 2021
Jesus does not always lead us to places that feel safe. The life of one who is following closely to the will of God in a world that is so full of selfishness, power-lust, greed, avarice, and material...
Dust on Your Clothes
December 28th, 2020
There is a blessing that is often given to a disciple in Judaism, “May you be covered in the dust of your master.” This is talking about the disciple following so close to their teacher that the dust...
Motivation for Continuing
December 15th, 2020
Living the Christian life in a culture that is anything but Christian, is like kayaking against the current in both directions. It can be extremely tiresome. It would be so easy to allow one’s self ...
Truly Follow Jesus
November 21st, 2020
It is the power of the Holy Spirit that changes a desire to follow Jesus into the ability to follow Jesus....
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