Monthly Archives: May 2014

John 8:1-11 — You are not condemned…so go

This is probably my favorite story in the Bible. Jesus is teaching in the temple courts early in the morning, and a huge crowd of people are surrounding him, listening to him teach. But all of a sudden, there’s a … Continue reading

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John 7:37-39 — The waters of salvation

Yes, we will eventually get past this chapter.  In fact, this will be our last look at it as we look at verses 37-39. On the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus probably watched as the priests took … Continue reading

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John 7:24 — Judging scripture rightly

We looked yesterday at how Jesus warned the Jews against judging against appearances.  The first reason was that they were judging him by his education, and as a result, many blew off his teaching. But the second reason Jesus warned … Continue reading

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John 7:24 — Judging people rightly

It’s a little unusual that I linger on a passage very long in this blog, but there just seem to be a number of little nuggets here that I think are worth thinking about. In this verse, Jesus told the … Continue reading

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John 7:16-18 — Who are we serving?

As I was reading through this passage yesterday, these verses really struck me, particularly as a teacher of God’s Word. My teaching is not my own.  It comes from him who sent me.  If anyone chooses to do God’s will, … Continue reading

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John 7:11-53 — Who is this Jesus?

The question the disciples faced in Caesarea Philippi (Matthew 16:13), the rest of the Jews now faced in Jerusalem. There was certainly no shortage of ideas. Some thought he was just a good man.  Others thought he was a prophet. … Continue reading

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John 7:10; Luke 9:51-56 — A time for judgment, a time for mercy

I mentioned in the last blog that there will be people that hate us because of the truth that we represent. I also said it’s important how consider how we say it, and the spirit with which we talk to … Continue reading

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John 7:1-9 — When you tell the truth

As I look at this passage, there is one more thing that strikes me, and so we’ll stay here one more day.  When you tell God’s truth, people will not always take it well.  Often times, they respond with disbelief, … Continue reading

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John 7:1-9 — Following the Father’s agenda

Jesus had been avoiding Jerusalem and Judea for some time after the feeding of the 5000, and the falling away of many of his “disciples” in John chapter 6.  But the time of one of the great Jewish feasts, the … Continue reading

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Matthew 8:19-22; Luke 9:57-62 — To follow Christ

What does it mean to follow Christ? That’s what three people found out, as they either approached Jesus or were called by him to be his disciples. A teacher of the law came up to him first, and said, Teacher, I … Continue reading

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Matthew 18:21-35; Mark 9:49-50 — Seasoned with mercy, seasoned with fire

It’s been interesting putting all the accounts of this one discourse into one place.  But let us go back once more to the start of it:  an argument between the disciples about who was the greatest.  And probably during the … Continue reading

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Matthew 18:18-20 — Loosening God’s hand in those who hurt us

This passage is similar to what we see in Matthew 16, and I have to admit, both are difficult to interpret within the context. In Matthew 16, Jesus talks about binding and loosing.  That whatever you bind on earth would … Continue reading

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Matthew 18:15-17 — When you’ve been hurt

Dealing with hurt is difficult.  Dealing with hurt from those you once trusted is even worse. My guess is that through the arguments the disciples had been having among themselves about who was the greatest, there was hurt between them.  Jesus … Continue reading

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Mark 9:38-41; Luke 9:49-50 — Pride in ministry

As Jesus taught his disciples about what it meant to be great in God’s kingdom, it must have caused some unease in their hearts.  Not only because of how they had been treating each other, but because of how they … Continue reading

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Matthew 18:6-14; Mark 9:42-48 — How God sees our children

In his discourse on greatness in the kingdom of heaven, Jesus also makes it very clear how God feels about children. First, he gives us a warning.  “Don’t do things that would cause a child to sin.” If that isn’t … Continue reading

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Matthew 18:1-9; Mark 9:33-37; Luke 9:46-48 — The greatest

I think something that gives me hope as I look at how much I have yet to grow as a Christian, is to look at Jesus’ disciples, and how much patience Jesus had to have with them. One day, as … Continue reading

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Matthew 17:24-27 — Needlessly offending people

As Christians, with different values and ways of thinking from the world, it is unavoidable that we will come into conflict with others, simply because what we believe is different from what the world believes. Simply by believing as we do, … Continue reading

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Matthew 17:22-23; Mark 9:30-32; Luke 9:43-45 — Afraid to ask

In this passage, we see the second time in which Jesus speaks plainly to his disciples about what was going to happen to him in Jerusalem.  He couldn’t have been more clear. He said, “Listen carefully to what I am … Continue reading

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Matthew 17:14-20; Mark 9:14-29; Luke 9:37-43 — Where is our faith?

Where is my faith? That’s a question I have to ask myself far too often in the sense of, “Why don’t I trust God more?” But it’s also a question I need to ask myself in terms of “Where am … Continue reading

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Matthew 17:1-13; Mark 9:2-13; Luke 9:28-36 — Listen to Him!

This is one of the more interesting passages in the Gospels, and it comes at an interesting time. Jesus has just shattered his disciples’ ideas of what Messiah is supposed to be, and they’re wondering what in the world does … Continue reading

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Matthew 16:24-28; Mark 8:34-9:1; Luke 9:23-27 — What’s really important

What are you living for?  What are you seeking in life? Comfort?  Money?  Things? Here Jesus challenges us to really consider our priorities.  He told his disciples and would-be disciples something really difficult. If anyone would come after me, he … Continue reading

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Matthew 16:21-23; Mark 8:31-33; Luke 9:22 — A stumbling block to Christ

A lot of times we hear how we shouldn’t be stumbling blocks to other Christians.  And of course, we often hear about how Christ is a stumbling block to those who reject him. But how often are we stumbling blocks to Christ, … Continue reading

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Matthew 16:13-20 — The one on whom all stands

This is truly a powerful passage and as such, it deserves another look. After Peter declares Jesus to be the Messiah, Jesus praises him, saying, Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by … Continue reading

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Matthew 16:13-16, 20; Mark 8:27-30; Luke 9:18-21 — The most important question

By now, Jesus was about halfway through his ministry, and was starting to look toward the cross.  But as he did, he wanted his disciples to really think about who he was.  Was he just a prophet?  Was he just … Continue reading

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Mark 8:22-26 — Blind

My father lost his sight after an accident in which he fell and his glasses broke into his eyes.  I kind of think that the man in this story also was once able to see, but through some disease or accident … Continue reading

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Matthew 15:29-39, 16:1-12; Mark 8:1-21 — Legalism and worldliness

I’ve mentioned more than once in this blog the need to test everything that we hear, whether it’s from the pulpit, from the radio or a podcast, from a book, or from wherever you hear people teaching the Word of … Continue reading

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Matthew 15:29-31; Mark 7:31-37 — Bringing people to Jesus

In these two passages, we see the great popularity of Jesus because of his healing ministry.  What strikes me as I read them is that most people didn’t come to Jesus on their own for healing.  Rather, it was others that brought … Continue reading

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Matthew 15:21-28; Mark 7:24-30 — Persistence, humility, and faith

One wonders exactly what Jesus was thinking throughout this conversation with this woman, and in what kind of tone did he speak to her. Jesus, after his confrontation with the Jews, actually left the confines of Israel and went to … Continue reading

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Matthew 15:10-20; Mark 7:14-23 — What is truly unclean

I think a lot of times, when people look at the laws of Moses, they wonder about why the Jews had all these laws about what is clean and unclean.  For the most part, from a practical standpoint, they seemed to be … Continue reading

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Matthew 15:1-9; Mark 7:1-13 — The standard for our lives

On what do you base your values?  This is an important question because your values will influence your decisions. For the Pharisees, the Law of Moses and the words of the prophets were very important.  But for them, something else … Continue reading

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Matthew 15:1-14; Mark 7:1-15 — Leaving behind blind guides

Here we see another confrontation between Jesus and the Pharisees.  Because Jesus’ disciples did not wash their hands in the ceremonial way prescribed by Jewish tradition, the Pharisees criticized them and Jesus as well for letting his disciples get away with such a “travesty.” … Continue reading

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