Going in the same way

When Jesus traveled the road on the way to Jerusalem to fulfill the prophecy, many people trailed after Him. Some out of curiosity; some because they wanted something from Him; and yet others who wanted to be a disciple. One of those following made a vow to Jesus to...

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Loving our enemies

Here Jesus summarizes all He’s said in previous verses. He lets His followers know what blessing is coming for those who follow His admonition to love our enemies. We’ll have the greatest reward: being called children of the Most High. Oh, what joy! His children will...

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Unconditional love

Back in my day-care days, I did quite a few children’s features at church. For one, I wore a huge fake nose. Of course, the kids noticed. The point of the lesson was that if we’re a Christian, it should be as plain as the nose on our face. In other words, our behavior...

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Hymn day: “Sowing in the Morning”

“Sowing in the Morning” (more commonly called “Bringing in the Sheaves”) by Knowles Shaw. What seeds are you scattering to be harvested for the Master? Sowing in the morning, sowing seeds of kindness, Sowing in the noontide and the dewy eve; Waiting for the harvest,...

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Honor our Father

Wow. Jesus asked a lot, didn’t He? Someone curses me, and I’m to bless him—to do GOOD to him? Someone mistreats me, and I’m to pray for him…and not “God, get’im!”? Um, yes. Honestly, I can’t do it on my own power of will. But when we take the time to cultivate the...

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Intentional love

In 1961, the musical Carnival released. The lyrics from one of the most popular songs starts out, “Love makes the world go ‘round…” It’s a sweet sentiment, but if it were true, the world might be at a standstill. We see a lot more examples in the news of people being...

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Satisfied by Jesus

I have to say, my heart aches for this man who came to Jesus, needy and hopeful, but went away grieving. He wanted eternal life, but he didn’t want to sacrifice anything in order to achieve it. The “stuff” was more important to him than the waiting eternal...

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Room in your heart

A rich, powerful young man wanted to know how to find eternal life. He claimed he already kept the commandments, but he also seemed to understand something more was needed, because he asked Jesus, “What do I still lack?” Jesus gave the answer. He instructed the man to...

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True satisfaction

When a wealthy young leader asked Jesus what good he needed to do to be assured of eternal life, Jesus told him he needed to obey the commandments pertaining to a person’s relations with other people and that he needed to love his neighbor as himself. The man...

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To have eternal life

Jesus took the “scenic route” to Jerusalem, knowing when He reached the city He would face His own crucifixion. On the way, He could have hidden from people, but He didn’t. People were needy. They needed healing, they needed questions answered, they needed assurance....

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Be blessed

Thomas was allowed to see Jesus for himself. What a blessing, to view the risen Son of God with his own eyes! His proclamation of faith followed. But how do those of us who weren’t living during Jesus’ time on earth come to a place of believing? Maybe someone whose...

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