What is the abundant life?
Jesus said that he came that people might have an abundant life (John 10:10). The prosperity preachers think that Jesus meant he came so that we would be rich in money and possessions. How truly they misunderstand the son of God!
A study of John 10 shows exactly what Jesus meant. The Lord began by saying he is the door of the sheep (John 10:1, 7). After the sheep were placed in an enclosure for the night, the shepherd put his body across the entrance. Wolves would, therefore, have to take the shepherd’s life before gaining access to the sheep. Continue reading “Abundant life is a life sacrificed”
Jesus was the kind of preacher who taught the masses (Matthew 13:2). He healed multitudes of people (Matthew 14:14). He had compassion on the multitudes (Matthew 15:32).
Jesus, however, did not just deal with crowds of people. He taught individuals, too. Continue reading “Teach just one”
The sight of the three greatest men of God on a mountaintop must have been awe inspiring at least.
Simon Peter was so overcome with the sight that he wanted to build a shelter or shrine for Moses, Elijah and Jesus and asked the Lord’s permission. Before the disciple could utter another word he was interrupted. A “bright cloud overshadowed them,” and a voice was heard from the cloud. The voice said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!” (Matthew 17:5 NASB). The sound of the voice was so alarming Peter, James and John fell to the ground afraid. Continue reading “Listen to him!”
Jesus fashioned a whip of cords and drove the money changers out of the temple because they had made his Father’s house just an ordinary place of business (John 2:16).
Something interesting happened with the Lord’s disciples. These Galileans remembered King David had written, “For zeal for your house has consumed me, and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me” (Psalm 69:9 NASB). The disciples applied this verse King David had written of the Christ directly to Jesus. Continue reading “Attitude”
What did Jesus look like? No one knows. Yes, there have been many pictures painted of men as “models,” but no true picture exists.
Does this mean we can’t understand what he looks like? Until the second coming of Christ, it does. But his spiritual likeness is just as important, isn’t it?
Someone may say, “How can we come to understand his spiritual likeness?” All we need to do is look in the scriptures for the answer. Continue reading “See the Prince of Peace”
The village of Nain was about six miles southeast of Nazareth. Its name meant “pleasant,” probably for the view afforded from its 1,690 ft. height. From the view, it is said one could see snow-capped Mt. Hermon.
As the Lord Jesus was traveling with a large crowd toward the city, he came upon the funeral procession of a young man. His mother, a widow, was following the bier, weeping.
What comes next is one of the most beautiful passages in the Bible. Continue reading “Think of the widow”
My sisters and I often spent at least a week in the summer visiting our uncle and aunt’s home in Kentucky. My favorite pastime was riding my uncle’s tractor. I would spend hours just sitting on it, pretending I was off plowing the back forty acres.
By the time my sisters and I were teens, we knew not only the way to Kentucky, but also the way to our uncle and aunt’s house in Caldwell County. We knew it just as well as we knew where our home in Tennessee was. Continue reading “A place to stay”
“O LORD, do save, we beseech You; O LORD, we beseech You, do send prosperity! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD; We have blessed you from the house of the LORD” (Psalm 118:25-26 NASB).
The words of Psalm 118 are important because they are almost word-for-word what the Jews in Jerusalem said to Jesus only short days before his crucifixion.
More than 100 years before Jesus was honored as a conquering king, the Jews greeted Simon Maccabaeus in an almost identical fashion, waving palm and willow branches crediting him with saving their nation.
Days later, however, the crowd’s voice changed. Instead of proclaiming his innocence before Pilate, they cried, “Crucify him!” (Matthew 27:22). The change in the crowd is odd for more reasons than the obvious. Continue reading “His blood be upon us”
How much is your soul worth?
Some would take umbrage to such a question and say, “My soul is worth more than any amount of money because it is eternal,” and that would be right. Would it surprise you to know, however, there are people who would happily settle for much less?
Some people don’t mind being religious as long as it doesn’t cost them anything. Just filling a pew on Sunday gives them the feeling that they are religious and good people. When the church asks them to give or help on a regular basis, they refuse. In just such a way haven’t they sold their souls in exchange for much less? Continue reading “What will you give?”
My father once wrote, “Just as children can learn goodness by the lives of their godly parents, so faithful Christians can evidence in themselves the valuable wisdom of God.”
Those words were written in the margin of a commentary on the book of Matthew by H. Leo Boles in the 1950s. Boles, of Matthew 11:19 wrote, “The works of wisdom are the best evidence of wisdom.”
Boles was addressing one of my favorite sayings of Jesus, “Yet wisdom is vindicated by all her children” (Matthew 11:19 NASB). Continue reading “Wisdom is justified in her children”