Then He said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with Me.” (Matthew 26:38) Sometimes I realize that I think of Jesus as being like Superman. You know, faster than a speeding bullet, stronger than a locomotive and able to leap across tall buildings […]

[Jesus said,] “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:24) Jesus’ encounter with the rich young man is a troublesome passage for those of us who live in the west for, […]

[Jesus said,] “If you had known what these words mean ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.” (Matthew 12:7) This verse is a puzzling one to me because Jesus is not advocating that people ignore the law. Both Mercy and Sacrifice have the law. But Mercy says, “You cannot keep […]

[Jesus said,] “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside of your Father’s care.” (Matthew 10:29) Somehow I have gotten things mixed up. In the past, I have understood this passage in the following way: “Not one sparrow will fall to the ground without […]

[Jesus said,] “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7) For most of my life, I have understood these words of Jesus in this way: I can go to God and ask for whatever I want and he has promised […]

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:4-5) As I read this passage I think of the […]

What Do You Want Jesus to Do For You? – December 31, 2015 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. (Revelation 21:4) Recently, I have been thinking a lot about a phrase that Jesus asked from […]


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