When Jesus used the word “blessed” and “poor” in the same sentence, He rocked the boat of modern thinking. When Jesus started His sermon in Matthew 5 with “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven,” He intentionally sent a bold message that the way of God’s kingdom is inverse … Continue reading JESUS SAID: You’re Blessed When You’re at the End of Your Rope
Is there such a thing as "black and white", "good and bad", right or wrong"? Have you seen the increase in "gray area", or the lack of commitment to moral or ethical standards. More and more, the "Good" and "right" are questioned to the point, at times, that "bad" and "wrong" are justified or tolerated. … Continue reading JESUS SAID: God Is the One Who Is Good
If you were setting out on a trip, would you start without a plan, a map, or an destination? For most people, the instantaneous and absolute answer would be “no”. Why would you even think of launching out on a trip without a plan? For many of us, though, without even thinking about it, we … Continue reading JESUS SAID: I Am the Way
Jesus said a lot of things and asked a lot of questions during His time on earth, and one of the most interesting questions he asked is this: “Did you never read in the scriptures?” (Matthew 21:42 NASB). In the context of the question, Jesus is asking the crowd if they had ever read in … Continue reading JESUS SAID: Did you never read in the scriptures?
Have you ever thought about what it means to you to profess to be a Christian? Jesus asked a question to a group of followers in Luke 6:46: “Why do you call me, ‘Lord’?” That’s quite a question, isn’t it? Why do I call Him Lord? Why do you call Him Lord? It’s worth some … Continue reading JESUS SAID: Why Do You Call Me ‘Lord’?
Jesus said: "Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?" (John 11:40). This question is asked by Jesus in the context of Him getting ready to raise Lazarus from the dead. Jesus is implying that there would be a manifestation of the glory of God in raising … Continue reading JESUS SAID: Did I Not Tell You That If You Believe, You Will See the Glory of God?
Why are you afraid? Have you ever been asked that question? And why would anyone ask it? I’ve pondered this question for sometime now because I have been asked that question before. When I am asked that question, I usually have one of two responses: I get defensive because admitting that I’m afraid seems weak, … Continue reading JESUS SAID: Why are you afraid?
Have you ever been asked this question: “Do you love me?” Chances are you have at some point in your life. It’s kind of an uncomfortable question, isn’t it? How did you answer when you were asked that question? Did you get upset? Did you say “Of course I love you?” Or did you say … Continue reading JESUS SAID: Do You Love Me?
JESUS SAID: Where is Your Faith? On a scale of 1 to 10, where would you say your faith is at? Is it in the range of 8-10 and you have high faith in Jesus? Is it somewhere in the middle of 4-6 where your faith is sometimes high and sometimes low? Or is it … Continue reading JESUS SAID: Where is Your Faith?
Have you ever been told to quit acting like a child? I have. Many times. But it wasn't in a complementary context. What’s interesting, though, is that Jesus tells us to act like a child, to become like children. What is it that children act like that Jesus wants us to become? Let’s find out … Continue reading JESUS SAID: Become Like Children