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Contributed on Nov 11, 2018
Jesus contrasts the Teachers of the Law with the poor widow. In the former, we see people more interested in themselves than in God; hypocrites, pretending to be something they were not. In the latter, we see a lady who loved God authentically and completely.
Check Your Motive Mark 12:38-44 In March 2009 Bernie Madoff pled guilty to running the largest Ponzi scheme in history. Bernie’s last name is appropriate, because he literally “made off” with billions of dollars belonging to his investors. A Ponzi scheme is pretty simple in concept: you convince ...read more
Contributed on Nov 4, 2018
In Jesus' interaction with the Teacher of the Law, he teaches us to love God first and foremost, draw from that love to love others around us, and trust our lives to the author of love.
Mark 12:28-34 Our tax code, at the most conservative count, takes up 2,652 pages. If you add to it the tax law and past cases, you come up with over 74,000 pages! All trying to get us to do the right thing. In Jesus’ day, the scribes and Pharisees and teachers of the Law took the 613 Hebrew ...read more
Contributed on Oct 28, 2018
Jesus is our great high priest. In him we have a permanent salvation, which gives us eternal security. We also have a perfect sacrifice, complete with nothing needed for our salvation.
Jesus our High Priest Hebrews 7:23-28 At the VA hospital where I work during the week, we always have a chaplain on call, ready to respond in case of emergency. Our student chaplains carry the phone most of the time, but sometimes I get the important task. It’s nice to have a chaplain ready to ...read more
Contributed on Oct 22, 2018
Monologue of the elderly apostle John, as he looks back at today's story and considers lessons learned on servant leadership.
Mark 10:35-45 Bottom-up Leadership My name is John. Yes, that John, one of Jesus’ twelve, in fact, the one he loved the most. At least that’s the way I always felt. I’m in my late ’80s now. I know that’s nothing for many of you, but for my time, that’s an extremely long life. All of my battle ...read more
Contributed on Oct 7, 2018
Jesus calls us to become like a little child if we ever hope to enter the kingdom of God. We must have faith like a little child, become dependent like a little child, and receive the kingdom as a gift of God.
Childlike Faith Mark 10:13-16 Have you ever known someone who refused to grow up? Kind of like when Tom Hanks played a kid in the 1988 movie, “Big”? Except sometimes, it’s not so cute, when adults act childish. Sometimes adults forget those key lessons from kindergarten, like learning how to share ...read more
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Contributed on Aug 19, 2018
Christians of all people should lead the way in forgiveness. And some do. On June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof entered a Bible study group at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Even though he was white, he received a warm welcome from the all-black congregation. When the group closed ...read more
Contributed on May 6, 2018
When I think of drawing on love’s source, I think of Corrie ten Boom. Her family had all died in the Nazi concentration camps. Their crime? Hiding Jews in their home. Somehow Corrie survived. The war had ended, the camps had been liberated, and Corrie was speaking in various churches, sharing about ...read more
Contributed on Oct 8, 2017
Commentator Gordon Fee recalls the famous “miracle mile,” the first time two milers ran under four minutes in the same race. Roger Bannister and John Landy competed in Vancouver, B.C. in 1954. Landy had led all the way, but coming off the final turn toward the finish line he looked over his ...read more