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“Hold out your hand.” ~~Jesus

One day Jesus went church where he found a man with a crippled hand. The religious leaders had their eyes on Jesus to see if he would heal him, hoping to catch him go against the tradition of the church. As with most churches, they didn’t pray for people to be healed. Not in public and not in the church.
Jesus said to the man with the crippled hand, “Stand here where we can see you.” You can see it coming now. Jesus is going to openly challenge them all. He is going to do it publicly and clearly.

Jesus wants to know something. So He asked everyone in the church: “What kind of action suits Sunday the best? Doing good or doing evil? Helping people or leaving them helpless?”

What kind of answer did He get? No one said a word. Complete and utter silence. They didn’t have the capacity to advocate for doing good. They are uncomfortable to their core. We don’t have healing services in church. Not in this church and not during the Sunday service. Can’t we get the band to start playing again? Where is the praise leader? Isn’t the minister going to do something?

I don’t think I want to see this look. When Jesus looked them in the eye, one after another, angry, furious at their hard-nosed religion. He said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” I’m not sure he said this in the most loving way. A point was about to be made.

Here it is. Jesus was angry. He was furious. What happened to our kind and loving “Mr. Rogers like” savior?

So the man held out his hand—it was as good as new! The minister and deacons understood what was going on. They got out as fast as they could, sputtering about how they would join forces with the President’s followers and ruin him. That was their plan on how to deal with Jesus. They could have accepted him but being the religious hypocrites that they were, they opposed and plotted against him. But the congregation didn’t do anything either.

And how does our religious leadership deal with Jesus today? Build a bigger building? Add more instruments to the band? Expand the children’s program?

“Hold out your hand.” ~~Jesus (Mark 3:5)

“Hatred starts fights, but love pulls a quilt over the bickering.” ~~King Solomon (Proverbs 10:12)

February 24, 2013 Leave a comment

Fighting too much? Arguing too often? What can I do?

God calls us to love. Focus on loving the way God wants us to. He shows us the way. That is His wisdom.

“Hatred starts fights, but love pulls a quilt over the bickering.” ~~King Solomon (Proverbs 10:12)

Are my eyes open?

November 12, 2012 Leave a comment

There are many mysteries with God. But His reality is plain enough. All anyone has to do is open their eyes. The reality is right in front of us.

You can’t hide the truth. He is and He is love. He is and He is light. Plain enough to see that.

But God’s angry displeasure erupts as acts of human mistrust and wrongdoing and lying accumulate, as people try to put a shroud over truth. But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! Romans 1:18-23

“I’m telling you that anyone who is so much as angry with a brother or sister is guilty of murder.” ~~Jesus

February 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Jesus has a standard that is different than what religious leaders try to make us follow. His standard is one of love. Love of God and love everyone else. Every minute of every day. That is a focus on getting our attitude right, getting what we say right and getting what we do right. Love is the summation of all the laws and “rules and regulations” of the religious world.

Love is God’s goal for us. Missing that goal is the essence of sin. If we love, we won’t get angry which is just as bad as murder.

“I’m telling you that anyone who is so much as angry with a brother or sister is guilty of murder.” ~~Jesus

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Why doesn’t God just show up?

December 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Some days it is just not clear where God is. He doesn’t seem to be anywhere around. Don’t see Him. Don’t hear him. Where is He I think. Why doesn’t He just show up?

Jesus challenges us to seek God. It requires a discipline to find Him some days. Jesus gives us a promise. Seek and I will find Him.

May I be disciplined and find Him. He is near.

Seek God, all you quietly disciplined people who live by God’s justice. Seek God’s right ways. Seek a quiet and disciplined life. Perhaps you’ll be hidden on the Day of God’s anger. Zephaniah 2:3

Smart people know how to hold their tongue

Man, this is tough. Now Solomon was an amazingly wise man. So this is good advice. Here are three steps. It is interesting in that Solomon links not reacting with forgiving and forgeting. It is much easier to not react if it is the “first time” someone says something we don’t like. Forgeting makes that happen.

1. Don’t react and say it.
2. Forgive.
3. Forget

“Smart people know how to hold their tongue; their grandeur is to forgive and forget.” ~Solomon (Proverbs 11)

May I hold my tongue. Really Lord. Help me. Make me smart. Amen.

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