Posts made in September, 2018

He kept trying to see him

He kept trying to see him.  Rumors were flying.   Speculation was high.   Who was this Jesus of Nazareth?   Where did he come from, and what did he really want?   Was he John the Baptist, back from the dead?   A new incarnation of the prophet Elijah?   Or just some rabble-rouser from Galilee? For Herod, this was an especially perplexing predicament.   He had already taken care of John the Baptist.   But it seemed that Jesus’ presence and his...

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Take nothing for the journey

Take nothing for the journey.  Don’t take money on your trip.   Don’t pack a suitcase.   Travel insurance?   Don’t bother!   When you arrive at your destination, just look around for someone who seems friendly, and stay with them. If a travel agent gave you that kind of advice, you’d probably walk out of his office!   But this is pretty close to what Jesus says when he tells the Twelve to take nothing for their first missionary journey.   They...

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The way of truth I have chosen

The way of truth I have chosen.  In Psalm 119:30,  we are taught how to live in ways that please the Lord.   Then,  in Scripture we are given a beautiful response to these teachings:   “Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.”   So let’s make the psalmist’s prayer our own today as we set out to follow the Lord: “I choose you today, Lord.” I choose to center my thoughts on you and your goodness.   My first thought in the morning will...

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No one who lights a lamp conceals it

No one who lights a lamp conceals it.  It’s not uncommon to read this passage and see ourselves as the lamp set on a lamp stand, shining for all to see.   But what if we thought about Jesus himself being the brightly shining light?   After all, he called himself the “light of the world”.   He is not trying to hide from us or make us jump through all kinds of hoops before we discover him.   No, Jesus wants to reveal himself to us.   What a...

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I did not come to call the righteous but sinners

I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.  Despised as a collaborator with the Romans,  Matthew knew that his job as a tax collector was nothing to be proud of.   Or at least he shouldn’t have been proud to be a tax collector. His hard-earned wealth only brought him contempt and rejection from his own people.   He probably endured snide remarks from his townspeople, and it’s possible that he had begun to believe them.   Whatever he...

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