If the Gospel of Luke is a handbook on discipleship, then Christian behavior should tear down human barriers. After all, Jesus blazed this trail as through word and deed he revolutionized social norms by dismantling its boundaries. When people are willing to walk in his steps, his principles continue to transform social perception, values and behavior. Here are two examples how his kingdom principles alter daily living. Continue reading “Breaking down barriers”
“And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me'” (Matthew 25:40 NKJV).
I recently served on a panel for a missions training program where we were asked the question, “Why is it important to develop relationships with locals in the mission field?” Continue reading “Relationships”
“Right away, while Jesus was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived. With him came a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent by the chief priests and experts in the law and elders. (Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, ‘The one I kiss is the man. Arrest him and lead him away under guard.’) When Judas arrived, he went up to Jesus immediately and said, ‘Rabbi!’ and kissed him” (Mark 14:43-45 NET).
Betrayal. How does it feel when a friend betrays you? It may be that he has betrayed your confidence by telling others something very private that you confided in him (or her) alone. It may be that as a friend they have not supported you. It could be any number of ways that a friend has betrayed us.
But how would it feel to be betrayed by using something that meant you were a friend? In our text we read that Judas prearranged with those with him that he would betray Jesus with a kiss. Continue reading “Betrayed with a kiss”
We must pay the price to be what our Lord desires. Continue reading The big deal
If Job had been on Facebook. Continue reading Of friends, ancient and modern
The editor talks about increased opportunities, the magazine staff, Bible versions and online offerings, and a brother’s quote about Christian friends. Continue reading Bibles, versions, sharing, and friends
The editor traces the joining of two themes in Psalm 119 and applies them to life in Christ — keeping the commandments of God and removing the influence of evil people from our lives. Continue reading Get Out of My Life!
Abraham Lincoln allowed the public to roam the White House and seek an audience with the U.S. president, but those days are long gone. Most of us will never have the opportunity to talk to a president, prime minister, king or even a congressional representative or parliament member. Not so with God. Continue reading Access to God
You know the feeling. Drained. Empty. Maybe even sad or frustrated or tired. You have nothing left to give. The output has exceeded the input. Now your spiritual account is in the negative. Continue reading Emotionally Refreshed