March 26, 2020
Jesus had a masterful way of teaching! He would ask a question both to demonstrate the fallacy of the listener's thinking and to provoke that listener to consider the situation in light of a pertinent comparison. In today's episode he does it twice. *Crickets* So he gives them the answer to his own question by asking another question!
March 25, 2020
Jesus possessed an unwavering dedication to the will of his Father. Nothing dissuaded him. Not fear of man. Not potential pain. Not diminishing crowds. Nothing. But his dedication to his cause did not lesson his love for and disappointment in the people who would ultimately reject him.
March 24, 2020
The fancy word is "paradox." And Jesus often spoke in paradoxes. Today wee will will learn how small is better than big; narrow is better than wide; and last is better than first. True success is hard to recognize in its initial forms, so Jesus helps us to understand how it starts!
March 23, 2020
Sometimes we fall in love so much with religion, that we actually become crippled in our ability to help other people. Nothing infuriated Jesus more than this. He found himself surrounded by religious people whose applications of God's law actually stood in contrast to God's love. But truth and grace never come in conflict when Jesus is involved. Learn how they don't in today's conversation.
March 20, 2020
Interestingly, Jesus used two current events stories to teach the listening crowd a lesson about repentance. To make the message pointedly clear, he also provided an agricultural illustration about fruit bearing. The lesson is not only one of mercy (Jesus graciously gives a time extension on repentance), but also one of judgment (there is a deadline).
March 19, 2020
Ever wonder how people can be so smart in one area and so ignorant in another? Sometimes, otherwise smart and discerning people lack even the most basic spiritual sense. Such was the case with many in Jesus' audience. He exposed their ability discern physical things and used that exposure as a condemnation of their inability to discern what is spiritual.
March 18, 2020
Jesus is coming again! That fact alone carries with it so many implications and responsibilities for those who know it. And if we do know it--and we do--then we are that much more accountable when he does return. This is a longer passage, so I recommend our listeners to read it carefully along with listening to the episode.
March 17, 2020
Unpredictable times and difficult situations are not new to this generation. Jesus told his followers exactly what they should be thinking about to counteract the destructive effects that worry and doubt have upon believers. Show me what you're thinking about today, and I'll show you what you'll worry about tonight!
My favorite piece of encouragement Jesus gave in this passage is when he told us to "fear not, little flock." What a shepherd! And you'll love even more the *reason* he told them not to fear...
March 16, 2020
"He's not being fair!" "Tell him to give me what he owes me!" For most of us, we'd be flattered that somebody trusted our judgement to settle a dispute. Not Jesus though. He took the conversation in an entirely different direction...
March 13, 2020
Perhaps you are not familiar with that term: "an audience of one." It means that we should live our lives for the approval of, and in the respect of, one person alone. But how easy is it for us to live for the approval of people or live fearing the rejection of people? Jesus taught a powerful lesson about both the importance of and the reasons for living our lives for the smile of God alone.