Have you ever thought about the friendship of Paul and Luke?
When it comes to Paul and friendships, we usually think about Timothy (Philippians 2:19-20; 1 Timothy 1:2), or Titus (Titus 1:2) or maybe Aquila and Priscilla (Acts 18:1-3, Romans 16:3). But Luke should be considered as well.
Luke was there in the midst of Paul’s mission journeys (Acts 16:10, 28:16 – note the use of “we”), and when it came to companionship – Paul could rely on Luke when so few cared to be counted on (2 Timothy 4:10-11).
We don’t have all the details of the friendship Paul and Luke shared, but we see enough to know Jesus changed the unlikely relationship this Jew (which Paul was) and Gentile (which Luke probably was) enjoyed together.
“Luke the beloved physician….” (Colossians 4:14)
In today’s lesson from the Gospel Advocate’s Foundation Series (Christian Growth in James and Jude – James a Brother of Jesus), question #3 asked, “How did the brothers of Jesus view Him at that time (John 7:5)?”
John 7:5 (NKJV) says, “For even His brothers did not believe in Him.”
The answer then would be, “As unbelievers.”
The teacher of the class then asked (with consideration to supposition due to the silence of the scriptures), “Why do you think Jesus’ brothers (of all people) didn’t believe?” Continue reading
You may have heard about Kathy Griffin’s photo by now – you know, the one she thought would make people laugh by holding a decapitated and blood-covered head (or mask) made to look like the current President. This is the same woman who used an expletive aimed directly at Jesus after winning an award a few years back too. She’s a model of the true leftist agenda … preach tolerance but retain none for anyone you disagree with (the photographer of the image has offered no apologies).
Now, the irony of the latest situation Ms. Griffin placed her self in is that somehow she views herself as the victim!
Politics is politics for sure, but make no mistake – when politics takes aim at true morality under the guise of tolerance, the motivation is a lack tolerance for the said morality every time.
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20 NKJV)“
From time-to-time, a friend at work will text me church signs he sees. The latest sign said, “Blah, Blah, Blah – Just Go To Church.”
I’m more fond of saying “go to worship/Bible study” than I am of “go to church”, but regardless, I agree with the sentiment of the sign.
There are legitimate reasons for not being able to attend the services of the church – personal sickness, helping others who are in need of help, etc. But I believe a lot of people throw their own “animal” into a ditch (Luke 13:10-17, 14:1-6) so they can have a reason justify their habitual absence. The average person who misses church services misses them because they want to … nothing more and nothing less.
Excuses may sound good to the preacher, the elder, the Bible class teacher or even our self, but we have to remember that the one we’re called to worship knows the difference between an excuse and a reason for not worshiping our creator, sustainer, savior and judge.
“Every way of a man seems right to himself, but the Lord is the tester of hearts. To do what is right and true is more pleasing to the Lord than an offering.” (Proverbs 21:2-3 BBE)
Hear the name Judas and I’d say the odds of you thinking about the apostate apostle from Iscariot are pretty good.
Despite the fact the name Judas (as well as Jude) is the New Testament translation of the memorable Old Testament name Judah (and that the name actually means, “he shall be praised”), when most people hear the name Judas, a negative connotation is made due to the actions of the aforementioned apostle.
But to subject all Judas’ to a negative mindset simply because of their name would be a big mistake. For one example (amongst several others), there is one Judas people probably rarely, if ever, remember at all, much less in a positive way: Continue reading
Ostriches have the undeserved reputation for practicing it, but the western culture is the one that has actually mastered the skill of sticking its head in the sand.
Another terrorist attack and a large part of the focus in some popular media outlets (I’m not talking about TMZ) is revolving around the way “stars” are reacting to the news. Because there aren’t more important ways to talk about this situation I guess?!
Never-mind looking into the mindset that led to the attack – that would be too obvious! Nope, let’s stick our head in the sand and pretend like the problem is the recently elected American president, the stigma of using the word Islamic terrorist or even the explosives used to kill and maim so many people. The problem is the mindset that the media sweeps under the rug … a rug with no sand under it mind you.
“The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise than for a man to hear the song of fools.” (Ecclesiastes 7:4-5)
Forget Christmas in December or even July, and forget including a baby Jesus in the picture – some people treat God like a year-round Santa Claus … and nothing more. Sure, they’ve heard about the whole naughty or nice list and the coal in the stocking, but they focus solely on the gift-giving aspect in relation to their own wants.
With this treatment comes: Continue reading