Month: February 2018

Whatever

Early in the morning, as He was returning to the city, He was hungry. Seeing a lone fig tree by the road, He went up to it and found nothing on it except leaves. And He said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” At once the fig tree withered. When the […]

Knowing or Knowing About

When Jesus influenced the woman at the Samaritan well, she went to town and influenced her neighbors. Her influence was only information, though. In order to convert people to the Family of God and to the Kingdom of God, we need to be involved in what the Samaritans experienced after they heard the woman’s testimony: […]

Chatty Demons

Why did the unclean spirit in the fortune teller Luke mentioned in Acts 16:16-24 keep making so much noise that seemed to endorse the work being done by Paul and Silas? It is interesting to me also that when the Holy Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by satan that one of […]

The Scent of Brokenness

Knowing Jesus in the “fellowship of His sufferings” (Philippians 3:7-11) was a goal that Paul had in his heart at one point in his life. A lime has a much greater impact on the aroma in a room if you scrape its skin or cut it open. Being bruised by serving Jesus causes us to […]

Outside the Camp

The laws that Yahweh gave Israel through Moses included many activities that had to happen outside of their camp. Anyone who became unclean had to spend time outside the camp. Activities that were unclean had to be conducted outside the camp, from disposing of trash and excrement to stoning someone to death. Being dismissed even […]

Being Tired

Being tired is required for a car. If you are frequently tired, it may indicate that you are bored or mismatched with your ministry. A pastor who has been hired as the only minister in a congregation is likely to be tired for many reasons. Having to present 1 to 4 inspirational talks and/or Bible […]

Storing Oil

Suppose that in some way in your life, you are like the virgins Jesus mentioned in Matthew 25:1-13. Maybe in the future, if not now… What is the oil that you are storing? What are you preparing for? Some people are storing food for the apocalypse. Some people are storing money for retirement. Some are […]

Empty Words

Fear of rejection or condemnation causes many believers to keep a pocket full of cliche’s available for pacifying biters in their fellowships. If you don’t have the right answers handy, you may be accused of not being spiritual, or maybe even not saved yet. They can also feel protective when you have no idea what […]

Where do You Stare?

“Don’t collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. The eye is the […]

Inviting or Invading

The two extremes of trying to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to the earth that the Church has proven don’t work are hiding behind stained glass and inviting people to meetings, and attempting to rule the earth from our pulpits. This ranges from rantings against “Washington” by Texas preachers on TV, which no one in […]

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