Kingdom In Your Midst

Kingdom In Your Midst

Luke 17:20-21

Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”

I thought I would write some more about the Gospel of Luke.

Luke is becoming my favorite book of the New Testament and one of my favorites of the whole Bible.

I have written how God is talking to us and showing us things everyday but we fail to see them because we are caught up in our daily activities and ourselves.

This is what Christ is saying to the Pharisees, the leaders of the temple, the ones who are to be in tune with God.  Here in your midst stands the Son of God and you are caught up in yourself, your power, your prestige and earthly matters.  The very presence of God, unbeknownst to you, is causing you great fear and anxiety, so much so that you are seeking to rid yourself of this presence.

I think Christ is not only speaking to the Pharisees but to us. Continue reading

It Finds You

It Finds You

You can’t always get what you want

You can’t always get what you want

You can’t always get what you want

But if you try sometimes you just might find

You get what you need

Growing up there always seemed to be two camps.  The Beatles camp and The Rolling Stones camp.  Most campers liked both but they thought one was superior to the other.

I was in The Beatles camp, but I had my favorite Rolling Stones tunes.

Sympathy for the Devil, Satisfaction, Paint It Black, Gimmie Shelter and the song that has the chorus above, You Can’t Always Get What You Want, were some of my favorites.

At some point in my life I realized just how simple and yet profound the chorus to You Can’t Always Get What You Want was, and as I aged the more I experienced those words. Continue reading

Good and Evil – Deal With It

Good and Evil – Deal With It

I thought I would share one of the most important lessons I have learned from the Bible.

It came to me as one of those “aha” moments.

I have written about the prophets in the Bible and how their words of prophesy still apply today.  Continue reading

What Others Think

What Others Think

More Ecclesiastics today.

Ecclesiastics 7:21-22

Do not take heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servants cursing you.  Your heart knows that many times you yourself have cursed others.

I love this book and the lessons of King Solomon.

What is Solomon saying?

He is simply saying what others think of you and have to say about you isn’t important.

Your self esteem and sense of worth should not come from the opinions of others because it’s not important.  What others think about you and say about you is not what matters in your life.

What matters is your relationship with God. Continue reading

Vanity And Striving After Wind

Vanity And Striving After Wind

In a recent post I wrote about 1 Timothy 6:10, where St. Paul tells us that the LOVE of money is the root of all kinds of evil.  Again, as I did in that post, I must stress that Paul says the LOVE of money.

So today I thought I would follow up with a post that deals with the three verses which precede 1 Timothy 6:10. Continue reading

Lowering The High And Mighty

Lowering The High And Mighty

Luke 7:28-35

28 I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than John. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” 29 (When all the people heard this, and the tax collectors too, they declared God just, having been baptized with the baptism of John, 30 but the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected the purpose of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.)

31 “To what then shall I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? 32 They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another,

“‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
    we sang a dirge, and you did not weep.’

33 For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ 34 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 35 Yet wisdom is justified by all her children.”

Just like my last post there isn’t any in depth discussion or insight that I have for these verses.  I just read it and liked it. Continue reading

Chain of Command

Chain of Command

Luke 7:1-10

After he had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. Now a centurion had a servant who was sick and at the point of death, who was highly valued by him. When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his servant.  And when they came to Jesus, they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy to have you do this for him, for he loves our nation, and he is the one who built us our synagogue.”  And Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof.  Therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed.  For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me: and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”  And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the servant well.

There isn’t a lot of in depth insight that I have to write about these verses taken from the New Testament.  I just know when I read it, I liked it. Continue reading