Is all life on earth the result of an accident that caused an accident?
Instead of an accident, consider the design of the eye. Scientists believe they understand how vision works by comparing the eye to a camera and how it focuses an image on the retina. But, what happens after the image arrives on the retina? Science doesn’t know how that “message” is transported to the brain and how that message is recreated there. Continue reading “Obey the giver of life”
The Jews and Samaritans didn’t like each other.
The animosity was historical. The Assyrians took about 27,000 people captive from the Northern Kingdom of Israel. There were many Israelites left in the land and they intermarried with colonists placed there by the Assyrians. Those people identified themselves as “Samaritans.”
After the Persian King Cyrus allowed a fraction of Judah to leave Babylon, the Samaritans opposed the rebuilding of the Temple. Samaritans also opposed Nehemiah’s construction of the walls around Jerusalem. Continue reading “Jesus’ words”
The congregation stood to sing an invitation song when a young woman stepped away from the pew and walked down the aisle toward the preacher.
“I want to be baptized for the remission of sins,” she told him, “I want to become a Christian.”
She was so very happy when she walked from the waters of baptism that morning. She was a new child of God. She rejoiced before us as she pledged to give her life to her Savior. Continue reading “A decision we must make”
Brightly colored ribbons were tied around precious packages for family and friends. Wonderful holiday feasts warmed guests inside only to be matched by the love shown and shared.
Want to see real love? Let’s go straight to the cross.
Jesus had been tried by the Jews, but they knew their accusations against him would have no traction with Pilate, so they made up different ones. After a cursory examination of Jesus, Pilate could find no fault and told the Jews and sent Jesus to Herod. Herod sent him back without charge (Luke 23:15). Continue reading “Want to see love?”
The disciples argued just before Jesus left for Gethsemane on the evening of his betrayal, denial, and trial. The argument was an attempt to set rank. Jesus would show them what really mattered.
First, Jesus went to pray. He humbled himself before God asking the cup of suffering be taken away. Instead of the way some pray — raising a hand to God and demanding for help — Jesus said, “Not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42). Continue reading “The humble king”
John Augustus Roebling envisioned a way to cross the East River in New York City and convinced state and local governments in 1867 to fulfill his vision for a suspension bridge. The naysayers opposed him, people belittled him, but he … Continue reading Bridging the gap
The chief priests and the scribes wanted Jesus dead.
But, these kinds of things are delicate. The Sanhedrin didn’t have the power to put a man to death — only the Romans could do that — and Jesus was innocent and not worthy of any sentence at all.
Importantly, the enemies of Jesus needed a way to make sure they had their man. They needed someone who knew Jesus to hand him over to them. Accuse the wrong man and the Romans would be less likely to listen next time. In addition, the scribes and priests knew the people supported Jesus. The religious leaders couldn’t just take the Lord into custody. Riots may ensue. Continue reading “Leaving the heart’s door open”
People learn to prioritize at a very early age.
Parents usually give their youngsters tasks around the house called, “chores.” Those little jobs help teach responsibility. Children are also expected to complete their homework each day. Both are important things for kids to remember.
In college, students learn to make reading and studying priorities for successful college life. When the students become adults, there are work and social priorities.
What is the most important priority of all? The Bible teaches the most important things are spiritual things. Continue reading “Think important things”
The world has never had any rules. The world doesn’t even really like guidelines. How can something like, “Live for today,” qualify for a rule or a guideline?
William Barclay wrote, “One of the characteristics of the world in which we live is the lowering of standards.” Many in the world have no standard at all. The disciple of Christ must live according to the standards of Christ. The only other option is to live in profligacy. Continue reading “Rules”
Is Jesus teaching three disconnected lessons in Luke 16, or is he driving at a specific lesson in the chapter?
Jesus taught with a regard for context. Slicing up portions of his teaching has created misunderstandings through the ages.
In Luke chapter 15, Jesus used three lessons: the parable of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son. Our duty is to find the lost and teach them the gospel. It was the very reason Jesus was sent into the world (1 Timothy 1:15). Continue reading “Mindsets”