Posts from March 2017

Posts from March 2017

AN INSIDE JOB

“Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against His Anointed One [Messiah],” says Psalm 2. It is not so shocking that the nations, “the heathen” (KJV), should rage against the Lord and against His Christ, His Messiah, His Anointed. We are not surprised when…

DIVINE SERENDIPITY

Matthew, Mark and Luke all tell the story.  On the road to Jericho sit two blind men.  Mark and Luke focus on one of the men in particular.  Mark tells us his name is Bartimaeus.   The day for these two men began as all of their days must have begun.  They were led by some kind soul to their usual spot on the roadside to beg – the only form of social assistance in those…

THE BLESSINGS OF GUILT

Peter “went outside and wept bitterly” after he shamefully denied Christ in that cold, outer courtyard. Many of today’s trendier-than-thou clergy tell us that words such as “guilt” and “repentance” are out of fashion. “Musn’t  lay guilt trips on people,” we are told, or make folks feel bad when they actually are bad. The prayer of the penitent tax-collector, “God have…

COMMON DENOMINATOR

Before beginning one of his hootin’-tootin’ revivals in a big city years ago, the flamboyant, travelling evangelist, Billy Sunday, wrote to the mayor of the city asking for the names of people with spiritual problems. The mayor sent him a phone book. St. Paul would have appreciated that.  “There is no difference,” the apostle wrote, “for all have sinned and fall short of…

PLACES OF THE HEART

Some places burn themselves into our memories.  Maybe it’s the house we grew up in, or the one where we raised our children.  Maybe it’s the church where the main events of our lives played out. The Mount of Olives must have been just such a place of the heart for Jesus.  Mount Olivet was familiar turf.  The home of Mary and Martha was nearby in the little town of…
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