In another post I wrote about Matthew 6:1-18 and how I was struck by the simplicity of Christ’s teachings, how all the teachings in the Sermon on the Mount boil down to keeping it simple. Life is simply your relationship with God.
It is a simple philosophy but don’t confuse simple with easy.
Realizing your relationship with God is an ever vigilant lifetime endeavor. It’s tough and takes work and self discipline. Not because God made it hard, but because we make it hard with all our worries, cares and sins.
Get it right and everything, the good, the bad and the ugly, which you will always have to deal with, will fall into place. Continue reading
You see a lot of people who claim to be very “spiritual” people. Most of these people like to advertise just how “spiritual” they are.
Spirituality isn’t painted on the side of a van, bus, trailer, car or house.
Spirituality is painted in your heart. It’s painted there for you and God to see and that’s all that matters.
Read Matthew 6:1-18 Continue reading
Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;
keep watch over the door of my lips!
This is sound advice and a theme that appears numerous times in the Bible. Prophets from the Old and New Testament speak of guarding the words the come out of your mouth. I have written a number of posts on this subject and I thought I would touch on it again. Continue reading
For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
These verses follow “The Parable of the Talents” which I have written about before. (Using Your Talent) The parable is about wasting a life, the gift of life, through covetousness, worry or fear. In verse 29 Christ sums up this law of nature, or the law of the balance of the universe.
But reading these verses also brought to mind another thought which I wrote down as not to forget. My note was: “downfall of the welfare state”. Continue reading
Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ So the last will be first, and the first last.”
In Matthew, Chapter 20, Jesus tells his followers the parable, “Laborers in the Vineyards”. If you haven’t read it or are not familiar with it go and read it now. I’ll wait.
Ok, here’s a recap if you decided not to read it. Continue reading
What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
Chapter 18 begins with the Disciples asking Jesus a rather odd question, or at least it seems odd to me. They ask, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” I’m not sure what they are asking. Are they wondering if Moses, Elijah, or Isaiah holds the most power? I don’t know, but it demonstrates that the Disciples, like all of us, couldn’t truly forsake worldly thoughts and ideas. It shows a thinking of class warfare. The poor versus, the middle, versus the upper class, versus the royalty. And it reveals a concern about what other individuals think. Continue reading
But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.
In Matthew, Chapter 15, the Pharisees and Scribes had come to Jesus to ask him why his disciples break the traditions of the elders by not washing their hands before they eat. Christs asks the Pharisees and Scribes why do you break the commandments of God for the sake of your traditions. Jesus sites the prophesy of Isaiah 29:13: