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
Over the Christmas holiday in 2014 I had a very memorable experience. I had an epiphany or maybe it was more like a personal affirmation.
For some reason in 2014 I really didn’t have too much holiday spirit if there even is such a thing.
My grandson was nine and the magic of Christmas and Santa Claus had started to dwindle for him. This was the first Christmas where he was spending Christmas Eve with his dad’s family and not with us.
That’s really not a big deal but Christmas Eve has always been the traditional night in my family and my wife’s family for exchanging our Christmas gifts.
When I was younger it used to be a time when all the family members got together for some good food and good times. Over the years the brothers and sisters have moved away, parents and grandparents have passed.
So that situation coupled with some family drama had the makings for a rather boring if not somewhat sad Christmas. Continue reading
This morning I read Psalms Chapter 35 Verse 10 which is:
“All my bones shall say ‘O Lord who is like you, delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him, the poor and needy from him who robs him?’”
As soon as I read that verse I had a revelation.
I said to myself, “This is why governments want to rid themselves of religion, or the other extreme, why they want to control the religion of the state.”
This verse, as does God, gives hope to the oppressed which is something the oppressor does not want.
It tells the subjects of the government that there is a higher power, a higher authority. Governments do not want their subjects to believe that. Continue reading