Tag Archives: God’s kingdom

I Peter 3:13-4:6 — Living for Christ that others may live

Throughout this letter, Peter has been encouraging his readers to follow the example of Christ in suffering. To not be afraid of people, but to instead set apart Christ as Lord in their lives. One thing that struck me as … Continue reading

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I Corinthians 8-10 — Giving up our rights for the sake of the kingdom

Sometimes as we look at passages in the Bible, it can be easy to take scriptures out of their context and lose the overall force of what the writer is trying to say. That’s why I’m lumping chapters 8-10 together … Continue reading

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Matthew 22:1-14 — Entering God’s kingdom on his terms

In this story, we see continued warnings from Jesus about rejecting him and the consequences of doing so. He told the story of a king who invited people to his wedding banquet.  But when all was ready, the would-be guests … Continue reading

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Matthew 21:33-46; Mark 12:1-12; Luke 20:9-19 — When we reject the one on whom all things rest

After nailing the leaders for their unbelief, he then told a parable warning them of what would happen if they didn’t repent. And the start of it is very similar to Isaiah 5 in which God describes a vineyard that … Continue reading

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Luke 19:11-27 — While we are waiting

It says that Jesus told this next parable because, He was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once.  (11) In other words, there was an idea that he wanted to dispel … Continue reading

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Matthew 19:13-15; Mark 10:13-16; Luke 18:15-17 — Like a child

When Jesus rebuked his disciples for trying to chase the children away, he said to them, Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  I tell … Continue reading

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Luke 17:20-21 — Seeing God’s kingdom

Well, I’m back from vacation.  And straight into one of the more difficult passages to interpret. The Pharisees came to Jesus asking when God’s kingdom would come.  I’m not sure what they meant by that, but perhaps they were saying, … Continue reading

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Luke 14:15-24 — When we reject Jesus

After Jesus mentioned how God would reward the generous in the resurrection of the righteous, one of the guests at the dinner said, Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.  (15) This man … Continue reading

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Luke 12:13-34 — What this life is all about

What is this life all about? So many people wander about lost because they don’t know.  Often times they search for meaning in money, possessions, and things. That’s what the man who asked Jesus to judge between he and his … 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 13:51-52 — Sharing what we know

What do we do with what we have received? This is the question that will be asked of us when the day of judgment comes.  And I think that’s partially, at least, what Jesus was telling his disciples here. First, … Continue reading

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Matthew 13:33; Luke 13:20-21 — Transformed

I’m not a baker, but Jesus gives an illustration about God’s kingdom that even non-bakers can understand. When a baker makes bread, he puts a bit of yeast in the dough.  What does the yeast do?  Two things.  First, it … Continue reading

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Matthew 11:7-15; Luke 7:24-30 — Rejecting God’s purpose for us

We were made for a purpose.  God’s purpose.  What is that purpose?  First and foremost, a relationship with him.  Second, a relationship with those he has put around us.  To touch them and to be touched by them.  And finally, … Continue reading

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Matthew 6:25-33; Luke 12:22-34 — Worry

This is one of those passages that I know in my head, but I don’t know if it has truly sunk into my heart.  In fact, I’m pretty sure it hasn’t. I know because I still worry about stuff, most … Continue reading

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Matthew 6:10; Luke 11:2 — His Kingdom, His Will

I was in a quandary this morning.  I was asked in for an interview for a job that would be higher paying and have better benefits than the one I have now.  Whether I’ll get it or not, I don’t … Continue reading

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Matthew 5:1-3 — Not for the “spiritual”

We’re skipping back to Matthew 5 at this point, and we’ll be combining the two sermons on the Mount and the Plain, as they have very similar themes. Jesus’ words here are slightly different from those we read in Luke.  … Continue reading

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Luke 2:1-7 — The One who is truly in control

When Luke gave his account of the birth of Jesus, he gave us some historical context.  It happened during the time of Caesar Augustus, who was the emperor of the Roman Empire. Augustus had taken compete control over the Roman … Continue reading

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Ezra 4:4-5, 24; Haggai 1 — Getting our priorities straight

Before I go on, I should make some comments on the chronology of events going forward.  I’ve mentioned before that there is a lot of dispute among scholars about the timing of events, and the more I dig, the more … Continue reading

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