Redemption…

...not rebellion.

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There’s a part of us, especially when we are young that is keen to consider rebellion. There are things and systems that seem unfair to us. We are often cast in a qualification or status that is not always what we believe is to our advantage. Matthew 26:55-56 (NIV) 55  At that time Jesus said to […]

Perspective…

...not reaction

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In these days, we are being challenged on many fronts about our positions on matters political, racial, and personal. I am amazed at how quickly we can judge and categorize people by mere mention of a perspective. In this incident with Jesus we witness a disciple’s reaction to a dire circumstance with no reference to […]

Resting…

...or wrestling.

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Jesus clearly advises us that if we are weary or heavy laden we can come to Him for rest. In the occasion of the account below, He admonishes the disciples for resting when they should be on watch. Matthew 26:44-46 (NIV) 44  So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, […]

How about an hour?

...pray without ceasing.

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Matthew 26:36-41 (NIV) 36  Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37  He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38  Then he said to them, “My […]

Why The Salvation Army?

...It started from the Bible.

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This is a great set of questions by Jesus that forms the basis of The Salvation Army ministry. Matthew 25:31-46 (NIV) 31  “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32  All the nations will be gathered before him, and […]

Faith…

...a type of investment.

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This is an interesting passage with an important question from Jesus. We are to live by faith. That’s how we trust God. Matthew 25:14-30 (NIV) 14  “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. 15  To one he gave five talents of money, […]

Faithfulness…

...right up there with integrity.

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As I see it, integrity is lost without faithfulness. One needs to be dedicated to others and to good causes even to the point of sacrifice. Without cost, faithfulness is simply compliance. Matthew 24:45-51 (NIV) 45“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his […]

Human Accomplishment…

...not permanent.

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The accomplishment of a society or culture is often seen in the buildings and artifacts they produce. Great care is exercised in excavating civilizations to best define and discover the significance of that people. When Jesus was walking with His disciples, such a question in the context of perpetuity became prominent in the conversation. Matthew […]

Snakes and Vipers!

...not me, Lord.

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In this passage, Jesus is speaking specifically to religious leaders who have perverted to truths of scripture for their own gain and have rejected His teaching. He gets pretty serious here: Matthew 23:33-36 (NIV) 33  “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? 34  Therefore I am sending you prophets and […]

Where do you stand?

...temporal or lasting position...

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This particular passage refers to swearing by something. It really means, by what do you base your life upon. What is your foundation? Some of us have found shifting values and perspectives through the years. Batter than that is the foundation set by God through Jesus. Matthew 23:18-22 (NIV) 18  You also say, ‘If anyone swears […]