As I was reorganizing my bookshelves recently, once again I came across a little paperback book published by a Methodist publishing house several decades ago: “Twentieth Century Mystics.” It was about the lives of a half dozen ordinary men whose … Read More
Christ’s teaching of the authority one has to make the choice of surrender or not, the free will of each of us, and one’s knowledge that because of the power of that choice to surrender, anyone may come to the Father through Christ, even those who offend the religious elite, is what got Christ crucified. It offended them when he said it in the synagogue in Nazareth after his baptism and it offended them here at the end of him ministry, described in John 10:13-19
“I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, 15 even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. 18 No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.” 19 A division occurred again among the Jews because of these words.
Matters of motive, authority, sacrifice, surrender, free will, and who gets in and who doesn’t…….Such things divide those who pursue the letter of the law at the expense of the spirit of the law. .
Corrie Ten Boom: You’ll never learn that God is all you need until God is all you have. I have talked to several people in recent weeks who had all discovered this truth through difficult circumstances….losses due to death of … Read More
A group was discussing Revelation as part of its final “Through the Bible in a Year” study…It was speculated that the beast that rises from the dark, fearsome, and unknown abyss of the sea (that gets its authority and direction from … Read More
Just pondering this morning…. Matthew 16:19 “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in … Read More
Thursday afternoon I dozed off for a few minutes while waiting for a lady at an office this afternoon. I had one of those split second kind of dreams….more just a single “snapshot photo” type dream….it was a goat whose … Read More
Exodus 18: Lesson on Moses, Jethro, and Boundaries in Leadership/Work For years I have taught Boundaries class from the book of the same name by Cloud and Townsend. In Chapter 11 on Boundaries and Work, there is a reference to … Read More
Sometimes one has enemies; other times one is viewed as the enemy by others. Rev. Ron Carpenter has written about the necessity of enemies in a book of the same name, “The Necessity of Enemies.” He shows how individuals not only … Read More
March 7,2015 Reflection on Love Worth Finding Devotional on mercy: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” Matthew 5:7 Those who have received mercy are those who show mercy. And those who show mercy will be those who … Read More
A friend sent this to me and asked for my opinion. “Why Did Jesus Fold the Napkin? This is one I can honestly say I have never seen circulating so; if this touches you, you may want to forward it. … Read More