Jesus spoke in parables – and not everyone heard the same thing. Those who believed in him understood, but those who rejected him received his message very differently. Are you ears open to the good news?
Here we are, in the middle of Jesus’ earthly ministry, and he sends his disciples off on a road trip. It’s not a long one. It’s not a dangerous one. In fact, it’s sort of a simplified one. It’s like a vicarage – a first chance to try out what they have learned. After all […]
When you pray, do you expect that God *wants* to help you? Do you believe that he *can* help you? Here are two different men with two different ways of praying. Being a follower of Jesus means that we know he is both – strong enough to save us, and that this is what he […]
We’ve often talked about the Sermon on the Mount in bits and pieces. But listening to Jesus teach would have been very different. All of these stories and illustrations and topics flowed together. Today, let’s consider the entire sermon, just as Jesus preached it.
The Temple concessions was a big business, but Jesus had a bigger business in which we have a fortune to gain. Those who follow him may lose earthly things, but they gain a greater treasure.
Six stone jars for the purifications of the Jews. What does that mean? They washed and they washed, using hundreds of gallons of water, but they could never be really purified. But Jesus took away their washing water and gave them wine, a sign of His grace – his over-abundant forgiveness.
It seems like a miracle that the first 4 disciples immediately left everything to follow Jesus. And because it seems like a miracle… we conclude that this doesn’t apply to us. We’re not called. We are not to follow Jesus in the same way. But look more closely. This was not the first time the […]
Why would Jesus need to be baptized? He was sinless! But he was baptized in order that he could stand in our place. And Paul says to the Romans that when we were baptized we stood in Jesus’ place. We were buried with him, and we now also share in his resurrection to new life.
We’ve all memorized the Lord’s Prayer. Practically everyone knows it. But did Jesus really intend for this to be the prayer we pray – or is the prayer that Jesus taught more than just a memory work assignment? The truth is, the Lord’s Prayer is a powerful gift that you have in your hands to […]
What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus? Disciples are imitators of their teacher. Jesus calls us to “take up our cross” just as he did. He calls us to live in him, as he lives in the Father, like vines that are connected to the branch. He calls us to listen to […]
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