Feb 28

These are the posts that were viewed most on my blog in January:

These are the posts that were viewed most on my blog in January:

 

Have you ever prayed for someone you did not trust? …. Like Abraham did

God is a generous God

What is really inside people? … Jesus knew.

I’ve decided to continue a discipline I started last year

Would God’s answer be acceptable to us?

 

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Feb 28

A Pattern Among Fallen Pastors – Lessons for Us All

I found the post referred to on Tim Challies blog. Is is from Garrett Kell’s blog. Kell is the pastor of Del Ray Baptist Church. The post is based on Howard Hendricks’ study of 246 pastors who had extramarital sexual affairs.

Hendricks found four characteristics common among the 246 fallen pastors.

Kells highlights four biblical principles is sees in this study.

 

 

Feb 27

I’ve just updated two posts on my blog

Repentance is always an option.

Do not let your hearts be troubled.

Enjoy

Bob

Feb 25

The Gospel is for everyone

The Gospel is for everyone

The Gospel is for everyone and everyone needs to make a choice about Jesus.

John’s purpose

John stated that the purpose of his Gospel was help people find eternal life through faith in Jesus. (John 20:30-31)

His accounts are usually longer and more detailed than the other Gospels. In most of the episodes Jesus moves from the initial conversation to a necessary decision about the spiritual health of the person he is meeting.

Two people who met with Jesus

In chapters three and four John contrasted the meetings of Jesus with Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman.

Nicodemus was a teacher and a wealthy member of the religious governing council. The woman was morally questionable. He did not understand the issue Jesus brought up. She tried to evade real issues with sectarian religious questions. He was a seeker who arranged a secret meeting at night. She was not looking and the meeting was in the open in daylight. He was a pure Jew. She was a half-breed Samaritan. His decision is not recorded. Later he stood up for Jesus at a meeting of the council and dangerously declared his loyalty when he buried the body of the condemned and crucified Jesus. She decided immediately and ran and told those who lived in her village about Jesus. (John 3:1-15; 4:1-42; 7:50-52; 19:38-40)

Both of these people needed to make a decision about Jesus. The both did in their way and time.

Jesus crossed gender, ethnic, class, and theological barriers to reach out to these two and many others.

How do the people that you and I meet every day share the traits of these two?

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Feb 25

Have you ever wanted to do something so much that nothing could stop you?

Have you ever wanted to do something so much that nothing could stop you?

Jesus lived in a dirty time and place. Animals carried people and burdens. Streets were mostly unpaved. It was a time of dust and filth and people wore sandals.

Washing someone feet was the work of slaves. But it was needed when you came into a home especially for a meal.

To show his humble place compared to Jesus, John the Baptist said he was unworthy to even unlatch Jesus sandals. He was beneath a slave. (John 1:26-27)

No one would wash the disciples feet at their final meal with Jesus so he took the role of a slave. He washed their feet as an example of the humble service that he expected from them when they became the leaders of his church. (John 13:1-11))

Two women

Two women washed Jesus feet with their hair, an ultimate sign of submission, respect and thankfulness. Taking his filth away and making themselves dirty and smelly and offensive.

At the home of a Simon the Pharisee an unnamed woman known for an unnamed evil in her life washed his feet while he ate with the Pharisee. Simon, a religious leader, made no provision for Jesus’ feet to be washed. Simon saw this and thought that Jesus must not be a prophet because he let this evil woman touch him. Jesus pointed out that she was thankful much because she was forgiven much. Jesus then forgave her sins. (Luke 7:36-50))

Near the end of his ministry Mary of Bethany, sister to Martha and Lazarus whom Jesus raised from the dead, washed Jesus’ feet. When she was criticized for the waste and expense of the perfume Jesus said it was in preparation for his burial. Judas was concerned about the money. This woman who sat at Jesus feet and listened closely to his teaching knew that he was to die. She humbled herself and praised him as the soon to suffer Messiah. (Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; John 12:1-8)

One woman saw in Jesus forgiveness for her sins. The other wanted to anoint Messiah before his sacrificial death.

Have you ever wanted to do something so much that nothing could stop you?

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Feb 18

There are two revised posts on my blog

Confession, Repentance, Transformation.

Was orthodoxy nothing more than a conspiracy of forgery to prevent diversity?

Enjoy

Bob

Feb 16

Are there some things too evil for Jesus to heal?

Uncleanness in the Hebrew Scriptures

In the Hebrew Scriptures there are many regulations about uncleanness. Why are they there?

Some say that they address hygiene issues but that does not explain all of them. Some say that they are basically arbitrary…do this because I told you. That doesn’t seem to explain them either. (Leviticus 14-16; Numbers 8; 19)

Things that point to Jesus

There are many things in the Hebrew Scriptures that point to Messiah. He is the descendant of King David who reigns forever. He is that ultimate and final sacrifice and the superior priest. He is the final and complete prophet. He combines priest and king. This could not happen among the Jews. The priests were from the tribe of Levi and the kings were from the tribe of Judah. (2 Samuel 7:16; Deuteronomy 18:15-19; Hebrews 4:14-5:10; 7:1-10:18)

I think uncleanness in the Hebrew legal code is another things that points to Jesus. In many places in the Torah disease made people unclean

If you were clean and were exposed to uncleanness it made you unclean.

Jesus and uncleanness

Jesus was not bound by the rules and attacked uncleanness when he encountered it. He touched lepers and he did not become unclean. They became clean. He touched dead bodies and the dead came back to life. An unclean woman who bled continuously touched him and she was healed. (Luke 5:12-16; 7:11-17; 8:40-56)

Uncleanness in us

I believe all this points to the ultimate uncleanness the wrong thoughts, words, and actions that mar our lives. Jesus can clean them as well.

Have you ever felt that there were things in your life that can never change?

Have you ever felt that there were things in others that you did not believe would ever change?

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Feb 13

I’ve just updated two posts on my blog

God is a generous God

I’ve decided to continue a discipline I started last year

Enjoy

Bob

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Feb 09

Do you have the faith of a leader in the synagogue or the faith of a woman who would not be allowed in the synagogue if they knew her dirty secret?

12 years

In twelve years a little girl grew from birth to the verge of womanhood. She lived in a lakeside fishing village large enough for a small military unit and a tollbooth for the trade that went through town. Her father, Jairus, was a leader in the synagogue and she was his only daughter. One day she became very sick.

For twelve years a Jewish woman had menstrual bleeding. This made religiously unclean. She either lived outside of village life or she hid her shameful condition. (Luke 8:40-56; Leviticus 14-16; Numbers 8; 19)

The leader’s request

Jairus heard that Jesus had returned to town. He knew this travelling preacher and healer. Jairus was probably part of the delegation that asked him to heal the favorite slave of a generous military officer. Some of the local fishermen had become followers of Jesus as well as the former toll collector. (Luke 5:27; 7:1-10)

He went to Jesus and begged him to come and heal his daughter. There were testy relations between Jesus and the religious leaders but maybe he would come.

Jesus came with him

The woman and her faith

As the crowd went with Jesus and Jairus, the unclean woman put her plan into action.

Jesus had touched lepers and the lepers were healed. She would touch the edge of his clothing. The crowd would hide her and she was confident that, just like the lepers, she would be healed and her nightmare would be over. She worked her way through the crowd and touched him. She felt it happen. She was healed.

Before she could get away, Jesus asked who touched him. She couldn’t escape and she fell down in front of him and the crowd and confessed what she had done. Jesus commended her faith and told her to go in peace. She was healed and free from her defiling disgrace.

The leader’s faith

Jairus was confident that Jesus could heal his daughter. He had healed people before. However, while Jesus was speaking to the woman, someone came from the house and told him that Jesus was not needed. His daughter was no longer sick. She was dead. It was over.

Jesus heard the messenger and told Jairus not to be afraid but have faith and his daughter would be well. They arrived at the house and the mourning had already begun. They mocked Jesus when he told them that she was only sleeping. They knew that she was dead. He took some of his disciples and the parents into the room where her body was lying. He did the unthinkable. He touched the dead body. He was not afraid of becoming unclean. Instead, the girl came back to life.

Jairus and his wife were amazed. They knew he could heal but this was beyond their faith.

The woman was an unclean outcast but had complete confidence.

The religious leader was an insider and a leader and had faith up to a point.

What are the limits of your faith?

When do we have confidence? When are we amazed?

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Feb 03

The most popular posts on my blog in January

These were the most popular posts on my blog in January

Some are new and some are older

Please enjoy or enjoy them again

Bob

 

 

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