In Mark 10:17-22 we have the story of the rich young man coming to Jesus and asking what he needs to do to inherit eternal life. He finds out that it is more than checking off a pretty good list. Continue reading “Jesus knows what holds us back”
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
The New International Version. (2011). (2 Ti 3:1–5). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
Here is the message from Jesus: The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel. (Mark 1:15, ESV)
I like the Common English Bible on this one: Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Change your hearts and lives, and trust this good news!Continue reading “The agendas that ruin us”
Matthew 21:12-22 is a passage I’m very familiar with in my reading… and know so little about in context of the story. For too long I have looked at each part without regard to the whole.Continue reading “Tossing tables and disrupting worship”
Working my way through Matthew, I found this note in Matthew 4, when Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness: Continue reading “Are we stopping short of the full work of God in us?”
If you will profit by reading Scripture, read humbly, simply, and faithfully, and never desire to gain by your reading the name of the learned. Ask gladly and heed humbly the saying of saints, and do not disdain the parables of the ancient Fathers, for they were not spoken without great cause. — Thomas A’ Kempis, The Imitation of Christ
I am working my way through Ezekiel as the Lord stirs in my heart more about “Living in Babylon.” This was a sermon series I did in 2016, but I left a lot unexplored. The Lord is bringing this back around to me and in this season as I form extended thoughts on this subject, I am being drawn to the vivid imagination of Ezekiel. (Thank you, Eugene Peterson.) Continue reading “Notes from the wilderness”