The Rich and the Kingdom of God

Today we are looking at the story of Jesus and “the rich young ruler” from the Gospel according to Matthew. 16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” 17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “ThereContinue reading “The Rich and the Kingdom of God”

Healing and Faith

  “14 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”17Continue reading “Healing and Faith”

The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven

The disciples were always jockeying for position.  They all wanted to be the first, the best, the closest to Jesus with a high position in the Kingdom.  So we can imagine their surprise at the answer Jesus gave  to the question in Matthew 18:1, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Jesus answered:Continue reading “The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven”

And Who is My Neighbor?

Jesus often taught by asking questions.  He also told a good story as a teaching tool (the parables).  I chose the Parable of the Good Samaritan as an example of both.  This is also a message we need to hear today. It is clear, plain and needs no interpretation.  All we need to do isContinue reading “And Who is My Neighbor?”

Going the Extra Mile

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’[h] 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyoneContinue reading “Going the Extra Mile”

A life of humble simplicity

“The life of Christ was a life of humble simplicity, yet how infinitely exalted was his mission. Christ is our example in all things.”  — Ellen G. White Dig a Little Deeper:   How can you follow Christ in a life of humility and simplicity?  Think of specific things you can do.

:) Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness

“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” — Jesus, Matthew 5:10, NIV, accessed from BibleGateway.com Let’s face it, living a righteous, Godly life has never been easy.  There has always been opposition.  The prophets suffered greatly for their calling.  John the Baptist, Jesus and many othersContinue reading “:) Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness”

:) Blessed are the peacemakers

“Blessed are the peacemakers,  for they will be called children of God.”  — Jesus, Matthew 5:9, NIV, accessed from BibleGateway.com It seems that many Christians have trouble with the idea of Jesus as a peacemaker and even more trouble with the idea of themselves as peacemakers.  After all what can one person in this world doContinue reading “:) Blessed are the peacemakers”

:) Blessed are the pure in heart

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”  –Jesus, Matthew 5:8, NIV, accessed from BibleGateway.com Blessed are those who see the world through the eyes of love.  When our hearts are pure we see a world filled with life, love and oneness. We see God. Dig Deeper:  How do we better expressContinue reading “:) Blessed are the pure in heart”