1. Emotions
    11 Dec, 2018
    Emotions
    Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, "I will; be clean."  Mark 1:41   And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was restored.  Mark 3:1 But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, "Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God." Mark 10:14    In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy
  2. The Gospel Vs. Conceit
    13 Nov, 2018
    The Gospel Vs. Conceit
    Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. Galatians 5:26  I think it's safe to say that most of us feel put off when see a conceited person. You know what I'm talking about. That person who is self-centered, egotistic, boastful, full of themselves. Like the person Carly Simon sings about . . .  "You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you." When people are conceited, it turns us off to them fairly quickly. And yet . . . We need to face the
  3. Pursuing Reconciliation Jesus' Way
    15 Oct, 2018
    Pursuing Reconciliation Jesus' Way
    If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.  But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.  If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.  Matthew 18:15-17 Imagine sitting down to dinner with
  4. Divisiveness
    15 Oct, 2018
    Divisiveness
    As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.  Titus 3:10-11  It's honest confession time. The passage above has bothered me on occasion. I get how stirring up division in the church is a bad thing, but this verse has sometimes seemed overly strict to me.   I mean, "have nothing to do with him" seems harsh.  Calling him "warped" seems stern and severe.
  5. Sin is Deceitful
    27 Sep, 2018
    Sin is Deceitful
    But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called "today," that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.  Hebrews 3:13 Sin is deceitful. I can't emphasize that point enough. I honestly don't think we realize just how deceitful sin really is. After all, no one wants to be deceived, and yet we allow ourselves to be deceived by sin all the time. Think about it. Sin always promises what it cannot deliver.  Sin promises something good, but in the end the result is
  6. Watch Out
    07 Sep, 2018
    Watch Out
    I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.  For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.  Romans 16:17-18 As followers of Christ, we are called to love others the way we have been loved by our God. I hope every single one of us understands that truth. If not, we need to go back to the