One of the single most important lessons we can learn, in all of life, is that when the devil has done all that he can do, in opposing us, he’s actually done all that he can do. He has nothing left, nothing up his sleeve, nothing in his pocket, nothing. This is important because when the Kingdom of God comes forth in power, there will be that clash of light and darkness, resulting in turmoil and upheaval throughout society.… Read More
There’s a lot going on here in Matt 10; much of which cannot be adequately understood, except for the perspective of Matt 16. In Matt 16, Jesus spoke of the need, among his followers to take up their cross and follow him. He spoke of the seeming paradox that those who seek to save their lives will lose them, but those who lose their lives, for his sake, will find them.… Read More
And so our continuing look at Matt 10 now begins to encompass not only cultural resistance to the gospel, but to the clash of the two kingdoms, the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness or evil, as well. There is a stirring of the Holy Spirit in the church, as there was among the Jews of Israel in Jesus’ day.… Read More
There is, of course, the way the world looks when the Good Shepherd manages his flock. And then, when the thief sets his hand to manage the flock, the differences are readily apparent. What does the world look like when the god of the power of the air/god of this world is in charge? That’s what Jesus is highlighting in Matt 10.… Read More
What’s the difference between the prophetic and the mystical? Maybe more to the point, what’s the difference between those moments when we don’t have to worry about what we’ll say or when we’ll say it, with the assurance that the Spirit of our Father will be speaking through us and the magical thinking to which much of the church clings? These are hard questions and it’s important that we find right answers and come to right conclusions about them.… Read More
Every now and then, someone writes a book about what happens when bad stuff happens to good people. They are all an attempt to bring some sort of sense to things that seem to make no sense. When Jesus commissioned the 12 to go do what he was doing, he didn’t try to explain everything that was going to befall the 12; he just assured them those things would surely happen.… Read More
Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise. Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love. Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that you may know him better.… Read More
I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.
I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.
I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. _____________________________
O Jesus, O Jesus, what a friend we have in Jesus!… Read More
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love, according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.… Read More
And so we continue to look at the marching orders given by Jesus to those first 12 who were being sent out. A couple of things come to mind. First, the same power and authority Jesus invested in the other guys, he invested in Judas Iscariot as well. Secondly, he gave them ministry territory equal to their capacity to face and successfully manage the challenges that would confront them.… Read More