Integrity…

...an essential quality.

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 […]

What do you want? (part2)

...hope?

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 […]

The 1%…

...the door is open for you too.

There is common conversation from politicians who are speaking about the upper 1% of wealthy in America. These are actually real people with extraordinary wealth. Here in the Scriptures, one of these come to Jesus with a hope to follow Him. It doesn’t end well, but Jesus never negates the possibility for all to follow […]

Marriage…

...a lasting relationship.

The definition of marriage is given in this passage today. It is meant to be a lasting relationship, and I would say is so regardless of any divergent outcome. Ask anyone who has found it necessary to divorce. The marriage remains in the mind and soul of the people involved, good or bad. My marriage […]

Non-offensive living…

...for good reason.

Often in our culture we are asked and required to do things that test our priorities and purposes in life. The laws of the land may not seem appropriate, consistent or even relevant to our faith. Many believers take issue with the sanctioning of marriage for same sex couples. Bakeries are being required not to […]

Learning from the Master…

...no time to waste.

When will we learn? The teacher wonders some times when the students will ever understand the lesson. With limited time and high priority, the teacher does their best to get the message across. We as students need to listen and apply the learning. When the lesson comes from the Master, all the more we should […]

Who is Jesus?

...the most important question.

From this series of blogs through Matthew, exploring the questions of Jesus, this one is the most important. Matthew 16:13-19 (NIV) 13  When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14  They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and […]

Wrong Direction…

...from wrong people.

For the best advice, ask someone who knows the truth. It seems simple enough. Why then was Jesus concerned about who the disciples were being influenced by? They had His advice and direction. There is none better. Evidently, He knew of the influence of the opposing perspective. Sometimes, we look in strange places for guidance […]

What Do You Have?

...for the Kingdom of God.

The Jesus question of the day asks, “What do you have?” That is, “What do you have that would be useful to the Kingdom of God? The truth is that the answer might be “everything.” Whatever we have, we need to offer it up to the King of Kings for His use. Whoever gave up […]