Posts made in November, 2018

Of that day or hour, no one knows

Of that day or hour, no one knows. When Jesus said that “no one knows” when the Second Coming would happen, was he saying that even he didn’t know?   It sure seems that way.   Maybe he was reminding us that he had submitted to the limitations of being human, just like us.   Yes, he was fully divine, but he was also fully human.   And that entailed certain limitations.   This is why Luke tells us that Jesus was always increasing in wisdom...

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Pray always

Pray always. Persistence pays off.   It pays off when we struggle to learn a new skill.   It pays off when we stay on a diet.   And it paid off for the widow in Jesus’ parable (Luke 18:1) :  eventually, the corrupt judge ruled in her favor. Jesus told this parable (Luke 18:1) to encourage us to persist in praying, even when we don’t see immediate results.   He promises that our persistence will ultimately pay off—sometimes in ways we might not...

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Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it

Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it.  If you think this Scripture verse (Luke 17:33) sounds familiar, there’s good reason.   Jesus says the same thing at least once in every Gospel!   But even though it’s familiar, Jesus’ statement is the type of paradox that can be hard to make sense of. What does it mean for me? To see one way it was lived out “in real life,” let’s look at someone who practiced...

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The Kingdom of God is among you

The Kingdom of God is among you. “Wait!” said one Pharisee to another.   “Is he saying that the kingdom of God is already here?   What about the Romans and their empire?   We’re still an occupied nation.   This sure doesn’t feel like the kingdom of God!”   Looking around at our world, we might come to a similar conclusion.   But the kingdom of God is not about a location or even the regime in power; it’s about a new way of relating to one...

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When the kindness and generous love of God our savior appeared . . .

When the kindness and generous love of God our savior appeared . . . Often, a proofreader will read a text backwards.   This forces the eyes to slow down and notice each word individually.   If we modify it just a bit, this technique can help us read and ponder the Scriptures more carefully and prayerfully. Take the Scripture Reading (Titus 3:4-7) , for example.   There is so much here that explains God’s eternal love and his plan for us that...

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