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Know God in a Year #164 Be Careful How You See

12/12/2019

As the wealthy young official walks away Jesus remarks, “How hard it is for those who trust in wealth to enter God’s kingdom! It is easier for a camel to go through the Eye of a Needle than for a rich man to enter God’s kingdom.” I saw a PBS program showing a gate near […]

Know God in a Year #159 Become Truly You

12/05/2019

Many have wondered why Jesus didn’t address the corruption, oppression, and cruelty in the governments of his day. He didn’t even work to change inequities in his culture! He didn’t correct the cruelty of Rome, although he addressed it. He didn’t talk about the oppression of women, but he treated them with dignity and respect. […]

#158 An Inside Job

12/04/2019

“When is the kingdom of God coming?” some Pharisees demand of Jesus. “John preached its arrival three years ago…” They could see nothing to indicate the kingdom had come, and were insinuating that he had failed. “You won’t see it, because God’s kingdom is within you,” Jesus answers, implying that neither had come to overthrow […]

Know God in a Year #157 The Worst of all Evils

12/03/2019

“Which do you think was a neighbor to the wounded man?” Jesus asks the lawyer questioning him. The man won’t even say the word Samaritan, but answers, “The one that had mercy on him.” Jesus simply says, “Go and do the same.” Who is my neighbor? stands forever answered: it is anyone who needs your […]

Know God in a Year #150 Loved like You’re the Only One!

11/24/2019

The Pharisees have just driven out of the synagogue one coming to God through another doorway than theirs. Compare that with Jesus saying he is our shepherd and the door to the sheepfold. He has described his effect on us as refreshing water, and life-giving sunlight. He has also compared himself to a shepherd for his […]

Know God in a Year #149 Those Who Think They See

11/21/2019

Trying to discredit him, Pharisees again interrogate the formerly-blind man, “Exactly what did he do?” Satan assists them in thinking they can confuse and control him–he’s uneducated– so they suggest, “Maybe this is from the devil…” But Ruach gives him words, “I’ve told you what happened, why do you ask again? Do you want to […]

Know God in a Year #148 The Power of Closed Minds

11/20/2019

When the formerly-blind man goes back to his neighborhood, people say, “Is this the blind guy that begged? He looks so different!” “It’s me.” He assures them, and tells how Jesus healed him. “You’ve gotta have the Priests certify this!” they say, and they all accompany him. The Pharisees are amazed at his story, but […]

Know God in a Year #147 Does Suffering Come from God?

11/19/2019

Leaving the temple, Jesus and company walk past a man who was born blind. His disciples, nervous over Jesus’ near stoning and wanting to talk about anything else, ask, “Master, who caused this man’s blindness? His own sin or his parents’ sin?” They have grown up steeped in a culture that believes suffering is judgment […]

Know God in a Year #146 Are You Able to See Truth?

11/18/2019

The Pharisees have again attempted to discredit Jesus to the people by bringing up his questionable birth. saying, “God is our father.” Jesus doesn’t give their insinuation any attention. “If God were your father you would love me because I came from Him. You act like your father, the devil–a liar and a murderer–and father […]

Know God in a Year #145 The Truth Makes You Free

11/17/2019

Jesus isn’t played by Pharisees to announce he is their Messiah. He goes beyond that–claiming oneness with God. “If you follow me, you will know the truth, and the Truth will make you free.” “We are Abraham’s descendants and aren’t enslaved to anyone.” The teachers are talking about spiritual freedom–Romans are all around reminding them of their […]