Just before Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount, his disciples were with him (Matthew 5:1). From at least that point until Peter confessed Jesus is the Christ his disciples were constantly present. They heard lesson after lesson and saw miracle after miracle. So, why on three occasions in the book of Matthew did he accuse them as being people of “little faith?”
In Matthew 8, Jesus had been teaching people in Capernaum and then “got into a boat.” God’s word doesn’t say why Jesus got into a boat, but what happens afterward is good evidence why. Jesus was asleep when a storm developed and threatened to toss everyone overboard. The disciples woke the Master saying, “Lord, save us! We are about to die! (Matthew 8:25 NET). Jesus said, “Why are you cowardly, you people of little faith?” Continue reading “You people of little faith”
In Mark 3 we read the reaction that Jesus’ family had to his teaching and performing miracles.
“Now Jesus went home, and a crowd gathered so that they were not able to eat. When his family heard this they went out to restrain him, for they said, ‘He is out of his mind’” (Mark 3:20-21 NET). Continue reading “Why did Jesus’ siblings not believe?”
Every nurseryman knows which species cannot survive in close proximity to another. The most obvious example is shade. A large tree will take up all the sunlight in a given area, and leave none for the plants surrounding it.
Sedum can grow quickly, seemingly when you turn your back for a second, and literally run over plants nearby. My saxifrage didn’t stand a chance. The sedum had the advantage of rapid growth, and choked out the saxifrage.
In a few situations where I was discussing the Bible with someone who did not share my faith, the other party complained, “This isn’t a fair debate. You had formal training, and I don’t know that much about the Bible.” Continue reading “An unfair advantage”
Our 54 year old cactus was a gift to my mother-in-law years before my husband was born. It came from Arizona when it was only a couple inches tall and now reaches to a height of 7 feet and weighs upwards of 150 lbs. Continue reading Bloom Anyway
Faith contains the element of the invisible. It believes in what it cannot point at. Its light comes from walking in the dark. In this sense, pardon the expression, faith is based on ignorance, in the sense of not knowing by personal experience. Continue reading Faith in the Invisible