Posts tagged Spiritual Growth
We began our journey through the gospel of Matthew with the recognition that in this book, Jesus was portrayed as the King – King of his kingdom. Matthew writes so much about the Kingdom of heaven. (Kingdom of God) As disciples of Jesus, we are citizens of His kingdom … subjects to King Jesus.
To conclude our journey, I want to share with you the lyrics to a song written by Jason Ingram and Robbie Seay. To me they wrap up the message in this splendid gospel. They speak the words that I could not form myself. I offer More >
Our reading today …
It seems that Pilate did not care – but Joseph risked the displeasure of the ruling governor by stepping forward. I think we can assume that his position in the Sanhedrin was forfeited. At the least, he would have triggered the hatred and rage of the ruling class in Judea. There was an honorable man named Joseph at the beginning of Jesus’ life on earth – his earthly father. And there is an honorable man named Joseph at the close of Jesus’ life on earth – a Jewish leader – a man of courage. I have More >
It’s the day before Thanksgiving, 2011. I want to thank God for each of you who have walked with me through this study focusing on some of the Minor Prophets. It has not been easy, no?! But you have faithfully stayed the course.
On my wedding day in 1969, my Dad had slipped into my room early in the morning and left a written prayer on the pillow beside me for me to find when I awoke. That piece of paper is precious to me! Through that venue, my Dad allowed me to see a part of his heart toward me. It More >
Today, read Hosea 12 – 13. Hosea recounts, one more time, the case God presents against His people.
Why does history matter? What purpose is served by looking back to the past and remembering your roots and your ancestry? I am writing this the week before Thanksgiving, 2011. There will be family gatherings all around our country next week. Some will be pleasant and bring great joy. Some will radiate pain and loss. Some will reopen wounds that have never healed. But in them all will be a remembering of past – a remembering of people no longer present at the More >
We read today of the pivot point in all history. Read carefully. Read slowly.
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Here we see Jesus plumbing the uttermost depths of the human situation, so that there might be no place that we might go where he has not been before.
Lord … we are stunned into silence at the foot of the cross. Help us comprehend more fully. Help us understand more deeply. How can our lives express gratitude for this incredible gift? Help us …
We are in the final week of this particular study. And today we begin the last section of Hosea. Read Hosea 11.
God has carefully, forcefully and dramatically explained to Israel what is going to happen to them and why it will happen. No one will be able to say, “But I didn’t know. No one told me.” Over and over we have read of the prophets telling the people. It seems that God knows the “point of no return” is very close for Israel … and if He does not bring the severe discipline and judgement now, all will be lost More >
The Sanhedrin condemned Jesus. His crime? Blasphemy. That offense was enough to condemn him to death. However, the Jews did not have the power or authority to pronounce a death sentence. Therefore they had to get the Roman authority to weigh in – only Roman authority could carry out execution. So Jesus is dragged before Pilate, the Roman governor of the region.
Pilate’s infamous act of ordering Jesus’ execution was carried out in the political backwaters of first-century Palestine. His actions were conducted in relative obscurity, wit no thought that they would have historical and spiritual consequences for all of More >