Who Is My Neighbor?

“’Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?’ Jesus asked. The man replied, ‘The one who showed him mercy.’ Then Jesus said, ‘Yes, now go and do the same.’” (Luke 10:36-37 NLT) We often remember the story of the good Samaritan, but we don’tContinue reading “Who Is My Neighbor?”

Factors That Deter: Ignorance

“…having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart;” (Ephesians 4:18 NKJV) Ignorance is simply a lack of knowledge, thus rendering every person ignorant in some ways; however, the way it’s used in the above verse isn’t simplyContinue reading “Factors That Deter: Ignorance”

What We Don’t Know Can Hurt us … and others!

“What sorrow awaits you experts in religious law! For you remove the key to knowledge from the people. You don’t enter the Kingdom yourselves, and you prevent others from entering.” (Luke 11:52 NLT) The last few days we’ve been looking at what it means to live a holy life. We’re using 2 Peter 1:5-8 asContinue reading “What We Don’t Know Can Hurt us … and others!”

Head Knowledge Isn’t Discipleship

“Then He (Jesus) added, ‘Every teacher of religious law who becomes a disciple in the Kingdom of Heaven is like a homeowner who brings from his storeroom new gems of truth as well as old.’” (Matthew 13:52 NLT) There is, in the teaching of the Christian Faith, a delicate balance between what we know toContinue reading “Head Knowledge Isn’t Discipleship”

Heart or Head?

“You have tested my thoughts and examined my heart in the night. You have scrutinized me and found nothing wrong. I am determined not to sin in what I say.” (Psalm 17:3 NLT) The real measure of a person’s life isn’t what’s found in their head, but what’s in their heart. I can say andContinue reading “Heart or Head?”

Who Are You Following?

“Some of you are saying, ‘I am a follower of Paul.’ Others are saying, ‘I follow Apollos,’ or ‘I follow Peter,’ or ‘I follow only Christ.’ Has Christ been divided into factions?” (I Corinthians 1:12-13 NLT) There were times I read the above passage and marveled that people could be so thoughtless. How could anyoneContinue reading “Who Are You Following?”

Will You Be That One?

“For nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37 NLT) What would you attempt if you knew you couldn’t fail? Spoiler alert! The first thing that comes to mind will give you great insight into where your priorities lie; which kingdom you are most interested in building. For example, if your first thought was: “I’d beginContinue reading “Will You Be That One?”

The Things We Don’t Yet Understand

“You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not.” (Matthew 13:11 NLT) In the above verse, the word “secrets” can also be translated “mysteries.” And Jesus further explains in the verses following: “To those who listen to My teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will haveContinue reading “The Things We Don’t Yet Understand”