In recent days there has been a lot of hand wringing among the people of the church. There is a general feeling that everything is out of control and that the world is careening rapidly down to the hill into the abyss of hell. The announcement last week of the United States Supreme Court decision in regards to same-sex marriage has caused an uproar among people of faith. I have had the privilege of living in the United States and know how patriotic most of God’s people are. There seems to be a very close association between government and the church. To many government is a reflection, or ought to be, of Biblical values.Continue reading “What in the World!”
Some kings are despots who care nothing for their subjects. They are in it totally for selfish gain. Others are much more benevolent in caring for the poor and for the overall good will of the community. None, whether good or selfish, can match the absolute grace and humility that Jesus embodied when he entered Jerusalem to the cheers of “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” (John 12:13).
Jesus could have commanded the company of legions, and legions of angels to prepare the way, but he did not. He could have commanded the most impressively beautiful, strong horse to ride into the city, but he chose a donkey. But we shouldn’t be surprised, for the three years of his earthly ministry he talked about those who would be the greatest in the kingdom of God. Not the powerful, not the rich and not the famous; rather it would be those who are the ones who serve others first. Jesus spoke of the meek inheriting the earth, not the movers and shakers of society.Continue reading “The King”
You can’t make it on your own. You need help. Contrary to popular thinking, it is not a sign of weakness to arrive at that conclusion. In fact, one of the great dichotomies of the Bible is this, “When I am weak, then I am strong.”Continue reading “We Need Help”
I remember it. It had little metal men who had two holes on their bottom section to hold them in place on little metal peg so they could “skate” on the table. It was known as “table hockey” and it was all I wanted for Christmas way back when. Today, I have no idea where that game is that I desired so much. Continue reading “Gifts that Last”