To Follow Jesus…

“Those who aren’t following Jesus aren’t his followers. Its that simple. Followers follow, and those who don’t follow aren’t followers. To follow Jesus means to follow Jesus into a society where justice rules, where love shapes everything. To follow Jesus means to take up his dream and work for it..”  — Scot McKnight For moreContinue reading “To Follow Jesus…”

Peace in the Storm

“Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26 He replied, “You of little faith,Continue reading “Peace in the Storm”

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.