January 22, 2020
Religion is so self-absorbed that it becomes more concerned with its petty applications than it is with the health and soul of people! It will microscope a corpse and report how it died, but it won't life a finger to help a sick man who is still clinging to life. Jesus detested such an attitude. And he taught the religious leaders a powerful, public lesson about it!
January 21, 2020
Religion can take even the good things that God institutes and make them negative--even oppressive. With its endless applications and rules, religion offers a system that enslaves its followers and depresses its constituents. The Gospel is liberating! Not only does it free us from religion's shackles, but it empowers us to obey in ways we never could before.
January 20, 2020
Jesus did not come to this world to put a patch on the religion's threadbare coat. He was not a reformer; He is a transformer! The Gospel brings life-giving and rest-giving joy to all that receive it.
January 17, 2020
People throw receptions for weddings, graduations, office promotions, and all kinds of other events. Matthew was so grateful for his salvation in Jesus that he actually threw a salvation reception and invited all of his friends to meet the one who had changed his life! Not a bad idea, if you ask me...
January 16, 2020
You heard that right! Jesus actually performed *two* pretty incredible miracles for the one man who literally crashed the preaching service where Jesus spoke. The first miracle is less known than the second, but it was much more important!
January 15, 2020
Can you imagine living your whole life without the warmth of another human's touch? That's exactly how people with leprosy lived every single day. And, what's more, they were completely cut off from society into separate colonies. In many ways, they existed as nothing more than the living dead. Jesus changed all that for one person! Listen how...
January 14, 2020
Have you ever heard it said this way: "Half a truth is a whole lie." Well, the same could be said for partial obedience. Today's passage illustrates the amazing truth that God can and should be trusted even in the areas of our perceived strengths.
January 13, 2020
It's easy for a reader to get sidetracked by learning of the incredible things Jesus did in his ministry. He walked on water! He fed multitudes! He healed the sick, raised the dead, gave sight to the blind, and much more! But the miracles of Jesus were never an end in and of themselves. They were validators--exclamation points--to the much more important message and mission he carried.
January 10, 2020
Answer the question to yourself.
Is is the particular style he uses? Like volume, dynamics, eloquence,etc.
Is it the position he holds? Like pastor, professor, evangelist, etc.
Is it the results he gets? Like full altar calls, number of attendees, positive comments made, etc.
January 9, 2020
Having you ever been in a crowd situation that began to get out of control? I read recently about people actually being trample to death in an uncontrollable crowd frenzy. How sad! Our passage today records a violent crowds attempt to throw Jesus off a cliff! What upset them so much? Why would they even think of such a thing? How did Jesus respond?