The Pharisees asked Jesus questions sometimes trying to catch him in one of their traps. They attempted this in Matthew chapter 22 with a question about taxes. The Herodians were with them for their purposes.
If Jesus said he was in favor of taxes, then the Pharisees could accuse him before the people for being pro-Roman. If Jesus opposed taxes, then the Herodians would report his disloyalty to Herod Antipas, who was Rome’s authority. Continue reading “Whose son is he?”
Self-analysis is recommended. “Put yourselves to the test to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves!” 2 Corinthians 12.5a.
Here are three questions to aid all of us in being obedient to the Lord, for that is exactly the objective self-analysis should have. Continue reading “Three questions to ask yourself for a serious spiritual self-analysis”
“Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:3).
This question is meant to be answered. Someone once told me, “We see ourselves with rose-colored glasses; we see others with magnifying glasses.”
Why DO we so easily see the faults of others, but not our own? Continue reading “Can you answer this question?”
Thoughts fly at the beginning of a new year, almost as fast as the time that brought it. Here are a few items on my personal radar that might encourage you or provide you with an idea or two.
¶ I mentioned January 1st that for 2018 I’d be reading Ed Mathews’s daily devotional work, “Plow New Ground.” It’s meaty in dealing with the text and brings powerful application to our walk with God. I hope to post a daily comment and focus question on my microblog. Come follow that or pop in on occasion to exchange some ideas.
¶ Ye olde mission statement is getting tweaked, and a new Bible verse for the year is in the process of being chosen. All that ought to get nailed down this week. In the meantime, read this short piece to be pondered frequently, “Daily Attitudes.” Continue reading “A new-year start with sundry thoughts”
“What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:36, ESV) This is an interesting question for the omniscient Jesus to ask. Once he asked this in response to James and John, who wanted guaranteed positions of authority when Jesus’ kingdom was finally established. Another time, (Matthew 20:29-43; Mark 10:46-52; Luke 18:35-43) Jesus asked this of two blind men, who were calling out for him as he passed by. There is quite a contrast between these two incidents, and Jesus’ answers to them. In the first instance, Jesus told James and John they really had no idea what they … Continue reading What do you want?
How the righteousness of God contributed to Paul’s boldness in sharing the gospel. Continue reading Not ashamed