Monthly Archives: December 2010

The Parable of the Tenants

The Parable of the Tenants looks like God might be short tempered and vengeful.  As an allegory of God’s workings with Israel it is a sign of grace and patience.  The owner of the land, God, has every right to … Continue reading

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Honestly Declaring Where We Stand

Honestly declaring where we stand and why is stifled by concern for how others may view us.  The Christian faith is not committed to gaining the most votes, running a popularity contest, or finishing high in the polls.  We must … Continue reading

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Easter at Christmas

Christmas, so they say, finds its origins in a pagan observance of the Winter Solsitce.  On December 21st the sun disappears for the longest period and days become shortest in the Northern Hemisphere.  Things seem bleak and hopeless.  Warmth has … Continue reading

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The Third Man

My father had me watch The Third Man.  In today’s reading we are meant to watch The Third Servant closely. the third servant represents a strong warning.  Connection to a Christian Community is not what makes a Christian, even if … Continue reading

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20/20 Vision

I have been concerned by the effect that my sinus pressure is having on my eyesight.  Maybe I am wrong, but it seems that since I have had fluid in my ear and pressure in my sinuses, my eye has had more … Continue reading

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Good?

Can anyone be really good?  I know that people can do good things, but does anyone do enough to become good?  In Jesus’ day people would have assumed that a clean living, rich leader had been blessed by God.  However, … Continue reading

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Me, Myself, I

In the movie Saved the school worship is led by The Christian Jewels.  Hilary Faye the lead singer sings, “Dear God, a little piece of heaven in my world.”  Whoever wrote this was no friend of evangelical Christianity but they … Continue reading

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Lightning Flash

When Jesus returns it will not be a secret.  There will be signs and ‘omens’ which will show that the ‘end is nigh’.  How will people still be able to ignore an event that is globally recorded and clear?  I think … Continue reading

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10 to 1

Ten men with leprosy came to Jesus, but only one was thoroughly cleansed.  Of course, physical illness and disease is real, but when the soul also is healed a complete healing takes place.  All the Samaritan lepers had faith in … Continue reading

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Woe to Teachers

We know that teachers have more responsibility.  Jesus is talking of discipleship in today’s passage below.  Disciples teach.  However, when people teach they have influence and influence can lead people closer or further from God.  Jesus takes it quite seriously … Continue reading

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