You are the light of the world

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may seeContinue reading “You are the light of the world”

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”

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?”

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away inContinue reading “Do Not Worry”

A Den of Thieves?

Today we are looking at the account of Jesus driving the money changers out of the Temple.  I chose the version of this story from John 2:13-17, New International Version, accessed from Bible Gateway.com. 13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts heContinue reading “A Den of Thieves?”

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”

:) 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”