Articles published in October 2020

Did Jesus Really Say That? Qualified.

Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled.” 

Interest rates have been at historic lows lately, so you might see a billboard advertising an amazingly low rate.  But often, if you look at the fine print, it will say “For qualified borrowers” – the rate is not available to everyone, just a select few.  That won’t shock many of us, because we quickly learn that the world works on qualifications:

Tags:  Matthew, sermon on the mount

Hope and a Future: Contagious Hope

2 Kings 7:9  “What we’re doing is not right. This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves.” 

When most of us think of something that is contagious our first instinct is to retreat.  A friend of mine this week was planning on coming over for a visit but found out that one of his daughter’s play partners tested positive for COVID-19.   We decided that it would be best to connect over videoconference just in case he was contagious. 

Tags:  A Hope And A Future, 2 Kings, Contagious, 1 Peter, Hope, Leprosy, Contagious Hope

A Hope and a Future: Hope while you wait

Hebrews 6:19  “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”

At Niagara Falls, the Niagara River takes a thunderous drop – 180 Feet to the bottom of Horseshoe Falls. You definitely don’t want to let your boat drift over the edge. I’ve never seen it, but I’m told that there is a warning sign posted upstream for boaters: "Do you have an anchor?" followed by another sign which says, "Do you know how to use it?"

Tags:  Hebrews, A Hope And A Future, Waiting