The way of “Jesus-only” is narrow, yes. But you can’t find a more open, wider chance to put one’s name on the guest list to eternal life...
"If you have faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and be planted in the sea'; and it would have obeyed you.
To want forgiveness without being willing to repent is like clinging to the outside of the ark, holding your breath, still in love with everything that’s underwater. John’s “bear fruit in keeping with repentance” calls for change on the outside--change even AGAINST what the culture has come to accept as The Way Things Are.
...If you got this far and think that we get to beat people up with guilt, you haven't been reading with your heart.
Jesus, I want to look at this guy and see You, but that's hard anymore. You, at least occasionally, I can understand.
Herod and Herodias were a family. One family member was willing to listen to John, the other wasn’t. God’s law is like that. Some people can’t stand it, while others are curious and actually like to hear it. Herod liked listening to John.
Maybe we've felt for the longest time like we're striving to get out of a fog, never knowing where it'll end, and our prayers have been like sonar, "HELP!" and then we listen for an echo. "...help..." and we try to find our way.
Please, no witty or snarky comments. Kids are asking real questions. They want real answers. And real answers are not belittling, nor fun-poking, nor requiring an apology. Real answers also aren't often very short.
Aaron and I are sitting on the sidewalk, talking to Lars, and apparently this old woman feels like we have sympathetic ears because she begins to unloaded her story. "The market is squeezing the seniors out onto the streets!"
Does God WANT To Answer Prayer? We may wonder, sometimes, if God wants to answer, if He ever answers, if He even hears our prayers. The Widow, Not The Judge Jesus says in Luke 18 "In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man. There was …