Posts by Guest Contributor (Page 4)

Posts by Guest Contributor (Page 4)

What About Me?

.It’s a rampant thought. We compare ourselves to others. We see what others are doing, achieving, receiving,  buying, or…! You name it. We are always looking at others and want things to be fair. The end of the Gospel of John shows this emotion when Peter is talking to Jesus. Jesus is so tender and loving to Peter. What a scene. And then what does our friend Peter ask? He asks about that other guy- John. Jesus essentially says, “What’s…

Matt. 18 | I Have My Rights!

“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!” Matthew 18:6-7  This powerful scripture regarding our treatment of ‘little ones’ ( young or new believers…

Matt. 13 | What Food Do You Seek?

“Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet, “ ‘I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.’”    Matt. 13: 34-35 I will be honest; I was having a difficult time trying to figure out what to write about this chapter. It contains six parables that Jesus told…

Matthew 10 | Sent Ones

By: Patty King Matthew 10 is a familiar passage for us as we witness Jesus giving instructions to the disciples prior to sending them on a journey to share the Gospel. There is much to be gleaned from this passage, but I will focus on the first implication of the Lord’s instructions. As they evangelize, the Lord desires the disciples to rely on faith and discernment fully. One gift, not commonly discussed, is discernment. Discernment plays a vital role in…

Matt. 8 | Authority and Faith

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.”                                                                                                                                                                 Romans 13:1-2 I think we can all relate to how it feels to have a loved one severely ill and in need of healing by the chief physician. I think back to when both my daughter…

James | A Portrait of the Redeemed Life

The epistle of James has often been referred to as the “Proverbs of the New Testament”. It’s a fair description because this epistle contains a wealth of wisdom and thought about godly living. It is easy to misinterpret the book of James because, on the surface, he seems to be advocating justification by works. If this book is approached from the perspective of law keeping, then it is simply a list of “do’s and don’ts”. If, however, it is approached from…

The Double-Minded Doubter

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you   But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. James 1:5-8   Let me…

Hebrews 9 | Clearing Your Conscience

When reading a book like Hebrews, it is very important not to let the chapter divisions break the flow of the text. Hebrews was written as one communication, and at times the chapter divisions can interrupt the train of thought. This is never clearer than when reading chapters 5-10. This entire section of scripture is best understood when read together and, when that is done, a beautiful picture of Jesus Christ as our high priest begins not only to appear…

Hebrews 7 | High Priest Forever

We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:19-20 Many of us have spent time in dentist offices getting repairs done to our teeth. We don’t realize how much we need our teeth until we start losing them! I recently cracked a tooth…

How God Did It!

Around 2,000 years before Jesus Christ came, a man named Bildad asked a question:“How then can a man be righteous before God? How can one born of woman be pure?” (Job 25:4). This question would haunt the human race for the next 2 millennia. During that time, the nation of Israel would be born. The law would be given at Mt. Sinai. Then would begin the cycle of chronic disobedience, receiving the covenant curses, crying out, and restoration until finally…