Another Red Letter Day

The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. (Jesus)

What’s wrong with the tithe? ~ Friday Q&A

What’s wrong with the tithe? ~ Friday Q&A

Christ And The Rich Young Ruler – Heinrich Hofmann

We’ve been poking around in the story of the rich young ruler all week, and the question comes to mind:

Why didn’t Jesus simply ask this wealthy man to give what was prescribed by the law?

I mean, Jesus took him to the law when the man asked how to inherit eternal life. Why not just walk him through all the offerings required throughout the…

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Which Commands?

Christ And The Rich Young Ruler – Heinrich Hofmann

Though I said yesterday that Life is in knowing God not following lists of laws, Jesus actually gives this rich young ruler a list.

To today we look at the list – well – we compare lists and observe.

Matthew’s list:

You shall not commit murder;
You shall not commit adultery;
You shall not steal;
You shall not bear false witness;
Your father and…

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Is a Holocaust on the Horizon? | Comments on Christianity

Is a Holocaust on the Horizon? | Comments on Christianity

Exclusive CNN images capturing the homes of Christian families forced to leave the city by ISIS

By Benjamin Nelson

How do you react when you see headlines like:

“Facing fines, conversion or death, Christian families flee Mosul” ~ CNN

Or this:

“ISIS burns 1,800-year-old church in Mosul” ~ Al Arabiya News

Or you read openers like this:

Just days after the militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria said they killed hundreds of Syrians, dozens of Iraqi Christian families are now…

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Which Ones?

Which Ones? Which list of commands must I follow to find life?

Christ And The Rich Young Ruler – Heinrich Hofmann

Having revealed the rich young man’s knowledge of God’s law we hear the question that echoes in every man’s heart.

Which commandments do I have to keep?

Do I have to keep the Ten Commandments?
Do I have to keep the dietary laws of the Old Testament?
Do I have to tithe?
Do I have to …

… observe all that I commanded you… (Matthew 28:20)

Lord,…

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You Know

Christ And The Rich Young Ruler – Heinrich Hofmann

You know the commandments – Mark 10:19

When the rich young ruler asks Jesus how to inherit eternal life, Jesus does not make him the same offer He made Nicodemus or the woman at the well.

But there is a similarity in the way Jesus leads this young man and how He guided these others. He used what they did know and drew them in to what they…

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What Am I Lacking?

What Am I Lacking? Check out this first hand account of the Rich Young Ruler’s meeting with Jesus

Christ And The Rich Young Ruler – Heinrich Hofmann

Growing up with wealth, I never thought much about the things worries other people. I can’t remember ever being hungry, or wondering whether another meal was in the offing. I never wore second-hand clothes.

My father was wealthy. I am not talking about money – sure there was always money, but money is a by-product of wealth. Many people get that…

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The Care and Feeding of Lilies

The Care and Feeding of Lilies

photo credit: robynejay via photopin cc

photo credit: robynejay via photopin cc

My beloved went down to his garden,
To the beds of the spice,
To delight himself in the gardens,
and to gather lilies.

Song of Songs 6:2 YLT

When the Lord comes into His gardens (yes, He has many) we see Him engaged in two activities.

We have seen in the Song of Songs that the Lord’s gardens are the inner lives of those who have given themselves to…

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What are you waiting for?

the water is stirring

…waiting for the moving of the waters; – John 5:3

How much of our life do we spend waiting.

  • I will do something big for God when …
  • I will fulfill my destiny when …
  • I will answer God’s call when …

Or maybe

  • I’ll pray more when …
  • I’ll read my Bible …
  • I’ll give my money to the poor when …

When what?

  • … when I’m out of school.
  • … when I’m out of my parent’s house.
  • … when I’m married.
  • … when I’m out of…

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The Good Seed – Wheat and Tares – Part 5

The Good Seed – Wheat and Tares – Part 5

I find myself with a bit of a crazy life. I went digging through the archives for something good to share today and found this. It is right out of the middle of a series on the parable of the Wheat and Tares, but it stands alone nicely. If you want to dig into this parable, you can head here for the first one in the series.

Wheat

He presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven…

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