The Easy Life in Jesus (Mt 11:18-30)

March 24, 2009

Matt. 11:18-30

Faith like a child

Faith like a child

Yesterday, we spoke of the spiritual life that our Messiah calls us to. Today Jesus teaches us how to seek and find Him and then to achieve a peace and rest in Him. I think this is what many in the world are looking for…a life with less stress, more peace and rest!

The key to faith and growth in Jesus is childlike faith. A big problem in the Church is our constant wrestling over and obsession with complex theology. This blog is no exception. We posted an interview with brothers of the Chinese Church a week ago, and what we see of them who are experiencing an incredibly rich walk with the Lord is the simple faith and trust of a child to his parents. The complex theology does not bring us close to Him, the absolute devotion and commitment of our lives does. Read the rest of this entry »

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Carrying the Authority of Jesus (Mt 10:26-42)

March 20, 2009

Matt. 10:26-39

Will you carry your cross and follow Him?

Will you carry your cross and follow Him?

We have been looking at the disciple relationship which Jesus began teaching here. Remember, these are the words that Jesus had given to those disciples whom He most trusted who had agreed to give up everything to follow Him. Jesus promises the small few Believers who are truly willing to follow Him (not just those who believe in Him and will get to Heaven some day) that they will be transformed into His image and be His representatives on this earth.

In this section, Jesus teaches that the values of a disciple and his perspectives of life must change. There is no longer any room for fear as one follows Christ because the trust and faith in Him should imbue the disciple with a peace. Read the rest of this entry »


Sheep, Wolf, Serpent, or Dove? (Mt 10:11-15)

March 17, 2009

Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet.  15″Truly I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of
Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city
.” (Matthew 10:11-15)

Innocent as a dove

Innocent as a dove

God’s sending of His Messiah was the greatest blessing that God had given the world since it turned against Him. Through Jesus we can have Life! He offers us true peace as we discussed yesterday. But this comes with a catch. God is restoring the world back to Him through us as His servants and as much is given to us, much is expected. Read the rest of this entry »


Peace that goes beyond understanding (Mt 10:11-13)

March 16, 2009

And whatever city or village you enter, inquire who is worthy in it, and stay at his house until you leave that city.  12As you enter the house, give it your greeting.  13If the house is worthy, give it your blessing of peace. But if it is not worthy, take back your blessing of peace.” (Matthew 10:11-13)

Spiritual peace transcends our circumstances

Spiritual peace transcends our circumstances

We spoke Friday about the big picture guidelines that Jesus sent the disciples on their mission with. This mission had two purposes. To educate the disciples on how to minister the gospel, and to actually bring the light of that gospel to those they encountered. We’ll spend the next couple days going through the more specific instructions that Jesus gave them.

What is the peace that Jesus is speaking about?

I’m going to get a little more personal here than normal. I think Jesus is speaking of something here that I have yet to grow into being able to do. Yet, as I type that I realize that He did this through me one time very clearly. Read the rest of this entry »