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Knowing who we are and where we’re going (John 13)

In this passage, we see Jesus doing the lowly job of washing his disciples’ feet. That included Peter, who Jesus knew would deny him. That included Judas, who Jesus knew would betray him. And that included the other ten disciples, … Continue reading

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Humility (I Peter 5)

All of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another. (5) Here Peter addresses specifically the relationship between leaders in the church and their sheep. Leaders are to clothe themselves with humility to the people they are shepherding. Why? Because … Continue reading

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I Peter 5 — Facing suffering as a church

Throughout this letter, Peter addresses Christians as they face persecution and suffering for the sake of Christ. He addressed them first as a collective body of Christians throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. As the living stones who were … Continue reading

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Galatians 5:13-6:2 — The fruit of the Spirit in our relationships

A lot of times, we think of our relationship with God merely in terms of how we relate to him.  We think, “Am I reading my Bible?  Am I praying?  Am I going to church?” But as we look at … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 12:11-20 — Marks of a leader (part 2)

A couple of blogs ago, we looked at some of the marks of a leader.  In this passage, I think we can see more of what a true leader in the church looks like. One is that they do not … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 1:23-2:4 — When we must confront

Confronting a brother or sister in their sin is never a pleasant thing.  Quite frankly, if you do think it is fun, you shouldn’t be doing it at all. But sometimes it is necessary, and here we see in Paul’s life … Continue reading

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I Corinthians 4:6-13 — Warnings against pride

C.S. Lewis once called pride, “The Great Sin” in his book Mere Christianity.  Why?  Because it’s pride that builds walls between us and God, and also builds walls between us and others. We see the former right at the beginning … Continue reading

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I Corinthians 3:5-9 — How we approach our work for the Lord

In a lot of ways, I’m kind of reiterating what I said yesterday, but certain things kind of struck me as I reread the passage today and I wanted to highlight them. One thing is the privilege that we have … Continue reading

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I Corinthians 3:5-23 — With what we are building up the church

It’s interesting pulling this whole passage together.  Usually when I have read it in the past, I’ve taken different parts of it and looked at them individually, but I’ve never really read it as a whole. What is Paul talking … Continue reading

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Romans 11:1-32 — No room for pride

I have never understood the anti-Semitic sentiment held by some Christians, particularly in view of Romans 11. I think at the root of the anti-Semitic sentiment is a feeling of pride, and that is something Paul completely squashes in this … Continue reading

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Acts 12:1-24 — A pride that leads to destruction

Solomon wrote, Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.  (Proverbs 16:18) We see this in the life of Herod Agrippa I, (not to be confused with Herod Antipas who had been involved with John the Baptist and Jesus in … Continue reading

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Matthew 26:69-75; Mark 14:66-72; Luke 22:54-62; John 18:15-18, 25-27 — Taking a hard look at ourselves

We’ll get to the trial of Jesus in the next few blogs, but first, I’d like to deal with Peter.  It’s a bit tricky trying to harmonize the gospels on this point because there are variations in the testimony.  If … Continue reading

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Luke 18:9-14 — Remembering our need for grace

It’s amazing how though times change, some things never do.  And in this passage, we see an example of this.  Luke writes, To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this … Continue reading

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Luke 14:7-12 — Humility

In this passage, we see a cultural issue that we don’t really see so often in Western culture, if at all.  Jesus noticed at the meal he was at, that people were jockeying for the best seat.  Generally, the person … Continue reading

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John 9:39-42 — When you think you know it all

The irony in this passage is very thick. The man who had been blind could see who Christ really was and worshiped him.  The people who could see all their lives, couldn’t recognize who Jesus was though he was standing right in front … Continue reading

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Matthew 10:40-42 — The “great” and the “small”

It’s interesting to me how Jesus finishes this discourse.  He tells the disciples that if people receive them, they are receiving him.  The reverse is also true.  When people reject us because of the gospel, they aren’t merely rejecting us, … Continue reading

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Matthew 13:53-58; Mark 6:1-6 — When people we love refuse our testimony

I mentioned before that there were two times Jesus was amazed.  The first time was when he saw a Roman centurion’s great faith (Matthew 8:5-13). The second time was here.  Jesus, by this point, had become well known throughout the … Continue reading

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Matthew 7:3-5; Luke 6:39-42 — Hypocritical judging

One of my favorite comedy groups when I was growing up was Isaac Air Freight.  (Does anyone still remember them?)  They did a lot of Christian comedy sketches, and one that’s always stuck with me was one called “Final Minutes” … Continue reading

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Proverbs 30:1-9 — Humble before God

We go now the words of a man named Agur.  Who he was, no one knows.  But in his words, we find not only wisdom, but humility. Verse 1 is  bit obscure in its meaning.  A possible meaning (and held … Continue reading

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Proverbs 25 — Winning favor in the eyes of men

I should say right off that it shouldn’t be our top priority to win favor in the eyes of men (or women).  Our top priority should be to please God. But I titled this as such because of what the … Continue reading

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Proverbs 15 — Pleasing the Lord

How do we live lives pleasing to our Lord? Solomon writes in verse 3, The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good. We can’t hide from God.  Not only does he see all … Continue reading

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Psalm 131 — Humility

Another short but sweet psalm, in which David shows us the kind of heart we need when approaching God, which is appropriate considering that people sang this on their way to worship God in the temple. What kind of heart … Continue reading

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Psalm 119:65-80 — A soft heart

I noted in an earlier blog on this psalm that the psalmist had a humble heart.  A heart that admitted that it didn’t know everything, and was very teachable. We see more of that here, but we also see a … Continue reading

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Psalm 119:17-40 — The need for understanding

And so we continue on with this, the longest psalm in the book. The thing I see in this passage, is the humble heart of the psalmist.  A heart that says, “I don’t know everything.  Give me understanding.” He says … Continue reading

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Psalm 30 — When God disciplines

Looking back, I really should have put this psalm back in the life of David.  I missed it somehow.  It has been conjectured that this psalm was written just after David’s sin in conducting a census of the people out … Continue reading

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Esther 3 — Two proud men

It’s very interesting to me that one chapter after I praise Mordecai for honoring the king, I have to criticize him for his pride and stubbornness in not doing so for Haman. The Bible is silent on why Mordecai refused … Continue reading

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Isaiah 66 — Humble before God. Humbled before God.

And so we end the longest book of the Old Testament, save for the Psalms. In this final chapter of Isaiah, we see the distinction God makes between the righteous and the unrighteous.  Who is the righteous person?  God puts … Continue reading

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II Chronicles 32:1-5, 24-26; II Kings 20:1-11; Isaiah 38 — Humbled

Once again, a small caveat on the chronology of events:  I’m purely guessing here.  Unfortunately, the Bible doesn’t put in one book, the blow by blow events of what happened.  So all I can do is try to piece together … Continue reading

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Isaiah 22:15-25 — A self-centered life

Who are you living for?  For many people, the answer is, “Myself.”  And that’s definitely who Shebna, the palace steward, was living for. He thought so much of himself, that he even had a tomb carved out for himself, something … Continue reading

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