Connecting With Jay (Page 6)

Connecting With Jay (Page 6)

By Their Fruits

Absalom intercepted those who came to present their cases to David. He implied that the king had no interest in them, no time for them. He would kiss each one and say, “If I were made judge in the land, you would receive justice!” Over a period of time, Absalom was successful in undermining the confidence of the people in his father and “so Absalom stole the hearts of the…

Hard to Swallow

Suffering from what he describes as “an uncontrollable urge to consume knives”, a police officer in India endured five-hours of surgery to remove forty knives which he had swallowed over a period of several months (Log Cabin Democrat, Aug. 23, 2016). Then, in classic understated fashion, Jessica Durando reports that the patient “sought medical care after having stomach…

Earning Respect

One of the most wonderful principles governing life in our democratic society is that people are “presumed innocent until proven guilty.” No practical illustration of that principle in action comes immediately to mind, however. We’re more inclined toward the “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” principle. I’ve even heard Christians say, “people have to earn my respect”—as…

Are You In The Fight?

Have you heard about the boxer who fought like a baseball pitcher-at the end of the fight he had a no-hitter! Most of us attach negative feelings and reactions to the idea of fighting. We learn from childhood up that fighting is bad and that we ought not to fight. But there is at least one fight which not only is not bad, but which God Himself calls us to get in!…

Live Like Sons and Daughters of the King

This world has taught us to earn. We’ve been conditioned to earn since childhood — earning praise and affirmation from parents, earning grades from teachers, earning playing time from coaches, earning attention from boys or girls, eventually earning paychecks from employers. We learned how to earn before we learned how to speak or even walk. But our penchant for earning…

The Goal of Christianity

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12, ESV) As Christians, we are supposed to follow Jesus in everything we do. Following Jesus is not about remaining in darkness but about having the light of life which is Jesus himself.  The goal is always supposed to be…

The Forgiveness Cycle

“And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.” (Luke 11:4)  Who forgives whom first? On the one hand, Jesus says, “Forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.” (Luke 11:4) On the other hand, Paul says, “As the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”…

The Priesthood of all Believers

And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ (1 Pet. 2:4-5 NASB). Under the old covenant, only the Levites could serve as priests.…

I Desire Mercy and Not Sacrifice.

In Matthew 12:1-8, we have an interesting story of Jesus and his disciples walking through grain fields. As they walked through the field the disciples were hungry and began to pick some grain and eat it. The only part that seems odd is that the Pharisees were following them. It doesn’t seem like they were traveling with the group but were a distance off just observing…