Contributed on Oct 13, 2002
There are times it’s worthwhile to figure out what Jesus "didn’t mean."
OPENING: A woman read ahead as we were going through this text and was troubled by the phrase: "do not turn away from the one desiring to borrow from you." It wasn’t that she didn’t give to those in need... her problem was that she was giving so much away, that she barely had enough left for ...read more
Contributed on Oct 14, 2002
How do you tell the wolves from the sheep?
ILLUSTRATION: Years ago, the "Glory Barn," led by Hobart Freeman, was a wondrous experience. His church had established a beautiful auditorium inside a refurbished barn. It was packed - even on Sunday nights - as people left their communities and traveled 30 to 100 miles to attend and hear this ...read more
Contributed on Oct 27, 2002
Jesus taught us to forgive our enemies... but I’d just as soon not, thank you. Why is it so important for me to forgive people who have worked so hard at being my enemies?
OPEN: Clarence Darrow, the famed criminal lawyer once joked: "Everyone is a potential murderer. I have not killed anyone - but I frequently get satisfaction out of obituary notices." APPLY: Now, why would we find that humorous? We find it funny because it comes so close to the truth. Of all ...read more