And while we’d all like to get to where Bartimaeus was, sometimes that’s easier said than done. More often, we’re like the other characters in the story who have misconceptions about God that make it difficult to see beyond sight. And those misconceptions, they rob us of the abundant life God intended for us to experience.Read More
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The supporters of Herod were friendly with the Romans and politically connected. They took little interest in the Pharisees religious concerns, but managed to find a common enemy in Jesus. So what exactly did Jesus say or do to make both the religious establishment and political powers of his day riled up enough to plot his death?Read More
In Deuteronomy 6:5, the sense we are left with is this: It is with our very selves that we are to love God. All that we have at our disposal: our power, our emotional health, our relational influence, our physical strength - all of it - our VERY SELVES - can be oriented in love toward God and toward our neighbor.
Opportunities to love God and others with our strength come around everyday, but we are not always ready to be faithful when they do. We are not ready, because we too often waste our strength on selfish things instead of on loving God and our neighbor in these ways. Believe me, I know.Read More