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To Judge or Not to Judge, That is the Question! (Part II)

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Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. (Mt. 7.1-2)

The word judgment clangs in our modern ears. It sounds so old-fashioned: prudish, puritanical and antiquated. After all, we have often heard, Jesus is all about love and making everyone feel warm and fuzzy about themselves. Okay, I may have exaggerated the last phrase a bit, but a Jesus who both loves and judges is not one readily accepted by many today.

If we misapply Matthew 7.1, we will end up with just that sort of Jesus. We will have a God who is grandfatherly and harmless. One who pats you on the head and gives a wink and always has a piece of hard candy for you when you visit. God will smell of ointments, sitting in a rocking recliner with his teeth in a glass just to his right. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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To Judge or Not to Judge, That is the Question! (Part I)

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Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. (Mt. 7.1-5, ESV)

Our pastor preached from this text yesterday morning. He has been doing a series on the Sermon on the Mount for the past several months. This is a passage that needs to be preached; and, even more, needs to be heard.

(I wanted to delve into this pericope a bit through a few posts. Today, I will discuss some general things about this pericope and Scripture in general. Tomorrow, Lord willing, I will deal a little more with the opening part of this passage and then in the next post (or two) deal with the closing portion and some conclusions.) Read the rest of this entry »

 

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This is the Day the Lord has Made . . .

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Today is Sunday. It is the day of the week when we as Christians leave the safety of our domiciles and attend services at our local church. It is the day we call the Lord’s Day. (While admitting, with strict orthodoxy, everyday is in fact the Lord’s!) It is the day we hobnob with our fellow believers, our brothers and sisters in Christ.

It is the day we pray together. Sing together. Worship together. Some, so I am told (I come from a Baptist tradition!) even dance together!  Read the rest of this entry »

 

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It’s Just One of Those Days Today!

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There are days when all you can say is, it’s one of those days! We all have them. None of us like them or look forward to them. They have a way of showing up when we least need them to do so. Of course, days like that are really never welcomed or convenient to any of our schedules. They are much like illnesses, there’s never a good time for it. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Rainy Days and Mondays . . .

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Take up your cross daily and follow me . . .  (Lk. 9.23)

It’s a rainy, dreary Morning morning. I feel a Carpenter’s song coming on! It’s really not all that bad though. We have been needing rain in this part of the world and have gotten some good soakers over the weekend. People are fickle when it comes to the weather. They seem to prefer their weather be like a measurement of salt in a baking recipe: just a dash. They want it to rain, because we need it, but then it rains for half-a-day or so and they are ready for it to stop. They want nice, warm summer weather, but then the heat sets in for a few days and they are ready for fall.

Fickleness seems to be a plight of the human condition. My daughters can be fickle at times. They are sure they want the apple sitting in the fridge, but when they have it in hand and have taken a couple of bites, they decide they want the grapes instead!  Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Who Do You Say I Am?

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Jesus’ pointed question to his disciples is a rather well-known dialogue. After all, for preachers such as myself, it makes for a very dramatic sermon title and message! There are a few things I would like to mention in relation to this seminal conversation and passage. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2015 in Grace in the Everyday

 

When the Lights Go Out!

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Last evening, around 6:30 local time, we experienced a strong thunderstorm. It did not hang around very long. But, if you know anything about thunderstorms in the southern US, then you know they can hit hard and fast.

At this point, I am not really sure what it was. Some said it was a small tornado. Maybe it was, I’m not sure. But, around here, any wind damage from a storm is usually attributed to a tornado, whether it was or not. It could have been straight-line winds. Or, maybe even a microburst.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2015 in Grace in the Everyday

 
 
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