Tag Archives: divine mercy

The Same God as Always

Our Creator has not changed since Creation began. There is a pernicious heresy, a conscious teaching in some cases, but a passive subconscious assumption by most mainstream Christians that the Old Testament writers didn’t really know God. Or perhaps they … Continue reading

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Breaking It Down into Small Bites

You don’t have to pay attention to anything I write here, since all I’m asking folks to do is pray. I’m not planning any particular course of action for myself, nor am I asking anyone else to take action. But … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus — Matthew 23:23-33

Jesus said that the Scribes and Pharisees were always missing the point. Stopping to consider in your heart what was really important is still hard work today. The rabbis had reduced the study of the Covenant Law to a mere … Continue reading

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Rejoice with Us!

Here’s something the mainstream church has gotten wrong over the centuries: We should never seek to cultivate the approval of outsiders. Granted, I can easily find a lot of church folks echoing that sentiment, but when pastors stop posting resumes, … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus — Matthew 18:21-35

The concept of social stability as a primary feature of shalom goes back centuries in the Ancient Near East, long before Abraham. A primary element in a ruler’s customary duty to keep that peace was to declare debt forgiveness at … Continue reading

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Sermon on the Mount 9

Godly Giving 6:1-4 The message here is fairly obvious in most English translations of the New Testament. However, it’s easy to miss some of the flavor and context if you aren’t aware of the background. Matthew chooses the Greek word … Continue reading

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Sermon on the Mount 8

Justice for Enemies 5:43-48 Jesus isn’t really arguing with the Talmudic traditions here. He’s arguing with common Pharisaical behavior. It’s hard to find anything resembling “hate your enemies” except perhaps in the Qumran Scrolls, where the Qumran community taught something … Continue reading

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