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“We Can’t Afford To Stop”

BIBLE READING: Matthew 14, Mark 6, Luke 9. 1-17 DISCUSSION Rejection… we will all face it in some capacity in this life.As Christians, we know the rejection that Jesus faced was great. The things that He endured on His journey to the cross make any rejection we might feel seem small.Although the pain He endured on the cross was great, He was also faced with rejection very early on in His ministry from a very unlikely source.Mark 6 reveals to us that Jesus was rejected by the members of His family and neighborhood.Try to imagine what it would have been like for Jesus as He sought to heal the sick and spread His message of love and salvation to those that knew Him best.It must have been so disheartening for Him to want to save those who were closest to Him, for them to only run Him out of town.Many people today face a similar rejection from those that they love as they seek to be that Christ-like example to their friends and family; only to be rejected.It is so depressing for us to have a…

“No Fear”

BIBLE READING: Matthew 9-10 DISCUSSION As the disciples are sent out to the “lost sheep of the House of Israel” in Matthew 10, Jesus gives them a few valuable instructions.He begins with a warning, concerning what type of people they will face.Then He reminds them that they will face some type of persecution, whether it is emotional or physical.However, even during all of these warnings we find this word of encouragement “Have no fear of them… do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28).Jesus wants to remind them the only person they should fear is Him!When we stand before the judgment seat of Christ, it is He that will pronounce to us our justification or our condemnation.He is the one that we should be afraid of.The word “fear” means to “be in awe of”, “respect” or “revere”.It is He that created us and it is He that can destroy us, therefore we must have caution of Him, not what man can do t…

“Hide it Under a Bushel…”

BIBLE READING: Matthew 8. 14-34, Mark 4-5 DISCUSSION Every week I get the privilege of leading elementary chapel at Mars Hill Bible School.It is so invigorating to see and to feel the passion in the hearts of these students as they sing those songs and follow along in their Bibles to the day’s lesson.One of the crowd favorites with the younger ages is the old classic “This Little Light of Mine”.As you might recall, one of the verses in the songs deals with today’s reading. “And he said to them, "Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand? “For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light.” (Mark 4:21-22).The question that Jesus is asking is a rhetorical one; no one buys a lamp only to cover it up.The lamp is purchased to be used and seen as it brings light into a dark room.Thus, the analogy the song makes with the “Light” that is shining within us demands to be seen.If we have the “Light” within …

Sunday

Bible Reading: Matthew 13, Luke 8

“The Christian’s Confirmation Process”

BIBLE READING: Matthew 12. 22-50, Luke 11 DISCUSSION                 Regardless of your political affiliation, you can’t help but be intrigued by what is going on in Washington today. The confirmation process of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been captivating and polarizing the nation for about 3 weeks.  It seems rather strange that Kavanaugh has been facing scrutiny over things that happened in his life over thirty years ago.  Items of evidence that have been submitted includes: yearbook signings, pictures, and even notes that were passed while in high school.    Kavanaugh has faced extreme criticism of the things he said, the places he went and the things he did over thirty years ago.  I for one, would not want to be subjected to that high level of criticism of things I did or said while I was a child. Who among us has not done things and said things in our past that we are ashamed of? It must be embarrassing for him and his family.  Although according to the words of Jesus…

“Are You Tired?”

BIBLE READING: Matthew 11 DISCUSSION No one said that living the life of a Christian would be easy.  In fact, it is just downright hard to live a life for Jesus.  Luke, in Luke 9, explains it as a cross that we must pick up and carry daily.  Imagine what that cross must have been like for Jesus as He carried it down the street to the place of the Skull.  I am confident that His cross was heavy and cumbersome, not to mention the fact that He was physically exhausted even before the journey began.   Imagine how much a relief it was for one of those soldiers to grab Simon of Cyrene to help Christ carry that cross the rest of the way.  Even though it was still difficult, it became easier when there was someone else to help Him carry it.  The lesson in the text today is simple.  Jesus encourages us to come to Him when we are burdened down and tired. “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in…

“The Wonderful City of Nain”

BIBLE READING: Matthew 8. 1-13, Luke 7 DISCUSSION                 About twenty-five miles southwest of the city of Capernaum lies the lovely city of Nain.  In most cases in those days’ cities received their name based on what the land looked like. If that is the case here, then the city of Nain must have been a very peaceful city because the word “Nain” means “green pastures”.  Just the thought of that imagine brings to mind David’s 23 psalm “The Lord is my Shepherd…”, doesn’t it?  Surprisingly, there isn’t much said in Scripture about the city.  In fact, the only time it is mentioned is in Luke 7.11.  This passage tells the story of how Jesus was passing through the city and is met by some sort of funeral processional.   This must have been a well-known man from the Nain community because the Bible records that a considerable crowd from the town was following this processional.  As they pass Jesus carrying the body of the man that had died, Jesus notices his mother.  Jesus immediately …