1. The Need to be Cleansed from the Inside Out
    29 Nov, 2018
    The Need to be Cleansed from the Inside Out
    "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.  You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean."  Matthew 23:25-26  I remember vividly one time I came into a friend's office (my friend shall remain anonymous, so don't ask!) and saw a coffee cup sitting on his desk.  The cup looked great on the outside, but when I peered inside the
  2. 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
  3. Fear, Faith, and Facing the Storm
    12 Sep, 2018
    Fear, Faith, and Facing the Storm
    And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him.  And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep.  And they went and woke him, saying, "Save us, Lord; we are perishing."  And he said to them, "Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?" Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.  And the men marveled, saying, "What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?"   Matthew
  4. Perfection?
    04 Sep, 2018
    You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48  Anyone who knows me well knows that I have a bit of a perfectionistic streak. David Burns explains perfectionism this way . . . You believe you should always try to be perfect.  Whenever you fail or fall short of a goal, you beat up on yourself relentlessly and tell yourself that you're not as good as you should be . . . You think you have to impress everyone with your talent or accomplishments to get them to
  5. Perception, Reality, and the Truth of Jesus
    22 Aug, 2018
    Perception, Reality, and the Truth of Jesus
    Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, "Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?"  And Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them."   Matthew 11:2-5 There are those who say, "Perception is reality." As Christians we may balk
  6. How to Treat Others
    20 Jun, 2018
    How to Treat Others
    "So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets." Matthew 7:12  Jesus' words above are probably familiar to all of us.   Yet no matter how familiar we are with this maxim, it remains a challenging statement of how we are to treat each other. We are to treat others the way we wish we would be treated. Think about that.   When I think about my own wish list of how I would like to be treated, it goes something like this . . . I wish I