Long Robes, Long Prayers, Long Noses

And in the hearing of all the people he said to his disciples, Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long […]

Full Power to Shields

When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time (Luke 4:13). This verse makes me think of those nature TV shows where a lion is prowling around in the high grass, stalking a herd of gazelle. The devil is like a prowling lion. In Luke 4, the devil had […]

Nothing But Leaves

Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs (Mark 11:13). A green leaf is a sign of health … a sign of life. It means that a […]

Pay It Forward … Or Else

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant (Matthew 18:21-35) Jesus compares the king in this story to the heavenly Father. God is incredibly merciful just as the king in the parable forgave the huge debt his servant owed him. Yet if we abuse that mercy by not in turn showing mercy to others, then will withdraw his […]

Human Idols

For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts (1 Thessalonians 2:3-4). David was conscience-stricken […]

Backfired Zeal

It is on account of Saul and his blood-stained house; it is because he put the Gibeonites to death (2 Samuel 21:1). God had directed the Israelites to destroy many peoples, but He did not tell them to kill the Gibeonites. The scripture says that Saul tried to annihilate the Gibeonites in his zeal for […]

Blind Arrogance

The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple area, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant (Matthew 21:14-15). Jesus healed many blind […]

Privileged

“What a privilege it would be to have a share in the Kingdom of God” (Luke 14:15, NLT). One day Jesus was at a dinner party hosted by a prominent Pharisee. Jesus quickly dominated the conversation of the evening. How did he get their attention? First of all, Jesus was probably the most famous religious […]

Run to the Finish Line

I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful (2 Timothy 4:7). Aren’t parents always telling their kids what they should do? Paul treated Timothy as his son and he sure sounded like a father. Do this … do that … live like this … don’t live like […]

Digging for Gems

“Anyone who is willing to hear should listen and understand” (Mark 4:9). In public, Jesus taught only using stories and illustrations. His purpose was to conceal the secrets of the Kingdom of God so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled that the people will see but not perceive, hear but not understand and so not […]

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