Month: October 2015

Jesus Does Not Fit Your Mold, Part 2.

“Jesus answered them, “You are deceived because you don’t know the Scriptures or the power of God.”” Matthew 22:29. Yesterday, we looked at an encounter between Jesus and the Pharisees, the religious conservatives of 1st Century Judea. Today we look at another group that sought to question Jesus at every opportunity, the Sadducees. The Sadducees were…

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Jesus Does Not Fit Your Mold, Part 1.

“When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”” Matthew 9:11. One of the main criticisms that the Pharisees had about Christ dealt with His willingness to approach and accept the outsider. The Pharisees, the ultra-religious, ultra-conservative sect of the day, cared more about their own…

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Cities of the Valley.

“But Lot lived in the cities of the valley and set his tent near Sodom.” Genesis 13:12. In one of the most famous passages of Genesis, we see a conflict between two family members. Abram, whom God had called to live in Canaan, and his nephew, Lot, have a dispute over where their herds should…

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Yeast

Then He commanded them: “Watch out! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod.” Mark 7:15. Jesus and his disciples were crossing over the Sea of Galilee after Christ had been confronted by the Pharisees. The Pharisees, the law and religious scholars of the day, once again demanded that Jesus perform some…

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Immigration Reform

“You must not exploit a foreign resident nor oppress him, since you were foreigners in the land of Egypt.” Exodus 22:21. In 21st Century America, actually ever since the American colonies were founded, the topic of immigration is one that is divisive and gets people worked up into a frenzy. One need look no further…

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Grow Up.

“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put aside childish things.” I Corinthians 13:11. The Apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth is famous for several reasons. In it, Paul holds back no punches when…

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Truth

“You say that I’m a king,” Jesus replied. “I was born for this, and I have come into the world for this: to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of truth listens to my voice.” “What is truth?” asked Pilate. John 18:37-38. Jesus stood before Pontius Pilate,  the Roman governor of Judea, just a few…

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