Rejoice in Faith

Rejoice in Faith

Luke 10:19-20

Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.  Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.

In the beginning of Luke, Chapter 10, we read about Christ appointing 72 followers to go to the towns that Christ is about to visit.  I guess they were like an advance team, sent to let the citizens know what was coming and to give them a glimpse into the Kingdom of God. Continue reading

We Withhold From Ourselves

We Withhold From Ourselves

Matthew 13:10-15

The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”

He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables:

“Though seeing, they do not see;
    though hearing, they do not hear or understand.

In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:

“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
    you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
For this people’s heart has become calloused;
    they hardly hear with their ears,
    and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
    hear with their ears,
    understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’

 

The Disciples of Christ asked why he was teaching the masses in parables, which for many, were difficult to understand.  They wondered why Christ did not tell all the followers and all the leaders of his coming, his purpose, and the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven. Continue reading

Lift The Yoke

Lift The Yoke

Matthew 11:28-30

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

This verse follows the verses that I wrote about in a previous post, These Things Are For Children.   In that post I wrote about the Kingdom of God being in our hearts, and how the world comes along and fills our hearts with worldly things.  We then allow these things to push out the Kingdom of God.  Once this is done we burden ourselves with worldly desires and these burdens wear us down.  Sometimes the burdens don’t allow us to realize the Kingdom of God was in our hearts and it is really still there if we just make the room for it.  Tragically, sometimes they wear us down to the point of denying the existence of God. Continue reading

The Innocence of Pinocchio – Life Got In The Way

The Innocence of Pinocchio – Life Got In The Way

Matthew 18:3

Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

On a Sunday night of a rather busy and tiring weekend, after my wife and I had finished some pizza and wine, I decided I had enough of the day.  My wife was engaged in her social media while I just vegged out in front of the TV, aimlessly wondering the channels.

I searched the usual channels but as is normally the case, nothing of any interest was on.  I decided to start at the beginning and work my way through every channel at my disposal.

I quickly skimmed through the major networks followed by some of the local stations.  Next up on the dial were the kid channels.  As I passed through this section of programming, there it was, a piece of my childhood, Walt Disney’s Pinocchio. Continue reading

The Innocence of Pinocchio – Life Got In The Way

The Innocence of Pinocchio – Life Got In The Way

Matthew 18:3

Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

On a Sunday night of a rather busy and tiring weekend, after my wife and I had finished some pizza and wine, I decided I had enough of the day.  My wife was engaged in her social media while I just vegged out in front of the TV, aimlessly wondering the channels.

I searched the usual channels but as is normally the case, nothing of any interest was on.  I decided to start at the beginning and work my way through every channel at my disposal.

I quickly skimmed through the major networks followed by some of the local stations.  Next up on the dial were the kid channels.  As I passed through this section of programming, there it was, a piece of my childhood, Walt Disney’s Pinocchio. Continue reading