Archive for March, 2012
In His amazing Sermon on the Mount the Lord Jesus clearly laid out the radical lifestyle to which He called His followers. None of Jesus’ teachings were radical than this:
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy,” (Matthew 5:7).
These are radical words because they reflected the opposite values of those found in the religion of Jesus’ day. Jewish religionists were not inclined to be merciful. In fact, to many of them, it wasn’t seen as a virtue. In their mind you show mercy to the people who were merciful to you (see Matt.5:43-47). (more…)
“The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water’” (John 4:15).
Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well is an inspiring story of Christ’s power to reach the thirsty soul. We marvel that Jesus related to the woman with the divine balance of grace and truth. He made time to talk with her and took interest in the details of her life. He was prepared to cut through all of her objections and misunderstandings on the way to pointing her to the rich life found only in Himself. Ultimately her life was dramatically changed and the Gospel came to an entire village because of her witness. (more…)
Note: The following blog was written as a devotional by my friend Dr. David Earley. David and his wife have started a house church in Forest, Virginia that will eventually relocate to Las Vegas, Nevada. I love his perspective on following Christ.
Some time back my wife, Cathy, asked me, “What do you think is the best discipleship curriculum on the market?” Understand that for a time I served as the Director of Discipleship for a large Christian university and prided myself on having read every book on discipleship and disciple-making available at the time. Also understand that Cathy is a very smart lady with a Masters degree in theological studies and Christian Counseling and is a collegiate counseling professor. (more…)