What’s important to you?

... that which is in your pocket or in your heart?

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Continuing to explore the many questions of Jesus, we come to this strong section where He minces no words and clarifies matters. The first is the contrast between our possessions and the place of our heart. Matthew 23:16-17 (NIV) 16  “Woe to you, blind guides! You say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; […]

He is Lord…

...Jesus.

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More important than anyone else, is Jesus. Read the Bible. See what it says and discover who He is. You might need a friend to help open your eyes at certain points. Can I help? Here’s a passage with another question from Jesus that is meant for our understanding: Matthew 22:41-46 (NIV) 41  While the […]

What’s next?

...heaven?

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With the greatly unexpected passing of my cousin Brian Morris this weekend, the question surfaces, What next? Based upon the Word of God and his personal faith, Brian is in heaven. There is simply no doubt about it. Matthew 22:23-32 (NIV) 23  That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to […]

Pay your taxes…

...and give to God.

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This is a very helpful encounter with Jesus for today and this season in the USA. I must admit I’m not one who believes that anyone should pay exorbitant taxes. We should be good citizens and exercise our rights in legal, appropriate ways to help with that reality. But we should pay the taxes due. […]

Open Invitation…

...coming?

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This parable that contains two significant questions from Jesus is meant for us to consider. God is inviting us all to a family celebration which He has prepared since the beginning of time. Are you prepared to get ready to attend? Matthew 22:1-14 (NIV) 1  Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2  “The kingdom […]

Outcomes…

...what do we deserve?

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The whole story of Jesus is about grace. What do we deserve for our choices, responses and behavior? In many cases, we act with love and caring, the nature of which does not seek benefit for oneself, only the object of our concern. Then there’s the options we exercise that are not God-honoring…sinful. What do […]

Integrity…

...an essential quality.

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All of us should aspire to be people of integrity. We stand for what is good and right and we keep our word. Jesus has something to say on this and on God’s position on the matter. Matthew 21:28-32 (NIV) 28“What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to […]

Who died and left you boss?

... Jesus is alive!

This is a curious, but common expression. The question is all about authority. We understand the place of authority in our culture and, for the most part, respect it. When questioned on this subject, religious leaders thought they could trap Him and spoil His favor among the people. It may even be that some were […]

Children Know More Than You Think…

...pay attention.

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A generation ago, kids were meant to be quiet and in their place. In many ways, that meant being invisible. That didn’t work out so well and so we’ve had an improving generation where we’ve begun to value the needs and roles of children. That’s not everywhere or with every adult, but the situation has […]

What do you want? (part2)

...hope?

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It is most interesting that in two successive passages, Jesus is asking the same question. This time it is most personal and very important. Matthew 20:29-34 (NIV) 29  As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30  Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus […]