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Prophetic Word to the Aging

My Mom likes to share some of her emails with me because she knows I’ll have a reaction. Recently she passed along a message with 21 items of advice for folks aging and retired. I won’t copy it here because … Continue reading

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Sermon on the Mount 14

Seek the Kingdom First 6:25-34 In Jesus’ day there was no state-operated welfare system to abuse. Instead, there was a covenant under which a person’s extended family was responsible for their welfare, but was also held accountable for most everything … Continue reading

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Sermon on the Mount 13

Serving Mammon 6:19-24 This one makes no reference to the Talmud, and only an indirect reference to the Old Testament. Jesus equates evil to being double-minded, in the sense of unfaithful to God. Righteousness is indicated with the Greek word … Continue reading

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Sermon on the Mount 7 (Updated)

Retaliation versus Restoration 5:38-42 It would be hard to find a passage that has been used and abused to spawn more nonsense than this one. It seems precious few commentators have ever bothered to discover the context in Hebrew history. … Continue reading

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Liberty Is Death

“Few Men desire Liberty; most Men only wish for a just master.” Sallust You are supposed to read that and ponder how wonderful it would be, how morally necessary it is, to pursue liberty. But genuine liberty is a major … Continue reading

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They Will Always Be There

Christine is still exploring the heart-led path with her fourth installment. She mentions in passing something that was poking at me all day. A prominent feature of Western mythology is taking oneself too seriously. You aren’t supposed to notice the … Continue reading

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We Are Alien Invaders

Jesus made multiple references to His Kingdom as “not of this world.” Here’s a partial list: John 8:21-25; 14:28-30; and 18:34-38. His disciples filled the New Testament letters with even more such references. His true Kingdom has always been rooted … Continue reading

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