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God has been showing me something in scripture this week that I just have to share with you. In Matthew 18 the disciples asked Jesus about greatness.
“At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, ‘Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like…Continue
Added by David Young on January 17, 2019 at 9:08pm — No Comments
How do you exercise hope when you are grieving in the depth of your soul? In the 12th chapter of John Jesus showed us something about this spiritual discipline. Listen to His voice as his heart bleeds with sorrow in verses 27,28.
“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven:…Continue
Added by David Young on December 30, 2018 at 3:28pm — No Comments
There are those who are convinced that our salvation was predetermined before the foundation of the universe. Incidentally, I believe that. There are scriptures that make it clear. (Eph.1:4 among them) However, to fully understand that, we need to think some things through.
In Matthew 11:20-24 Jesus denounced the cities who did not repent.
Added by David Young on December 10, 2018 at 1:44pm — No Comments
In Luke chapter 11 Jesus told us what happens when a demonic spirit is driven out, possibly by a crisis and human effort, maybe even a well meant intervention of friends, but the demon is not replaced by the power of God through the indwelling Holy Spirit. The end of that person will be worse than it was to start with.
I wonder if Jesus told this on a number of occasions throughout his ministry. Because in Matthew…Continue
Added by David Young on December 7, 2018 at 7:17pm — No Comments
Have you ever seen a medieval castle? Have you noticed the broken lines at the tops of the walls? A rook or castle on a Chessboard has the same cuts.
I suspect you could guess what those were if you didn't already know. They were essential to the defense of a castle. Those slots were the lookouts for soldiers on watch.
On several occasions Scripture tells us to…Continue
Added by David Young on November 23, 2018 at 7:50pm — No Comments
I am not sure we fully appreciate the value of communication in these days. We live very near the old American Pony Express route. For a year and a half in the mid nineteenth century, until the telegraph service finally crossed the continent, riders carried the mail on fast horses from station to station from Colorado and points east to California. That was an expensive and often dangerous undertaking all for the sake of mail service.…Continue
In some places there is a fairly great division in the church over Calvinism. Many are staunch Calvinists and many others are fierce anti-Calvinists.
I feel that this and similar issues should not be approached from the point of view of an overall theology. Although to be honest, I think it is suspect to take any theological system whole cloth. Rather, we should seek to come to understanding of scriptures…Continue
Added by David Young on November 11, 2018 at 3:17pm — No Comments
God's peace is a powerful thing in the life of a Believer. It can affect the lives of everyone around you. When He first sent the 12 disciples out to preach the gospel Jesus taught this amazing truth. In Matthew 10:13 we read,
“And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.”
Added by David Young on November 5, 2018 at 2:18pm — No Comments
We see something very unusual in the ninth chapter of Matthew. Some people brought a paralytic to Jesus. And when Jesus saw their faith He worked miraculously in the man's life. In this passage Jesus lays out for us some powerful truths about biblical faith. Look with me at this passage.
Added by David Young on October 24, 2018 at 7:38pm — No Comments
Have you ever asked, “Why me?” when you faced pain or heartache? How can a church or a church leader minister to hurting people who are asking the question, “Why?”
Let me propose three crucial facets of ministry to people who might ask this question in the midst of hardship. We must deal with this issue by teaching, love, and encouragement.
Teaching is foundational to ministry in such situations. The…Continue
Added by David Young on October 21, 2018 at 3:04pm — No Comments
My eyesight is not as good as it once was. And that affects many things in my life. Astigmatism has distorted my vision since I was a boy, and cataracts do no help. In Matthew 6 Jesus compared eyesight with spiritual vision.
“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your…Continue
Added by David Young on October 11, 2018 at 1:21pm — No Comments
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
I am not sure we think enough about the Beatitudes. Jesus gave us these truths as the foundation of His kingdom in our lives, in the world, and forever. I love the name, “Beatitudes,” because these eight principles are not just something we are to hear like a lecture. They are…Continue
Added by David Young on September 28, 2018 at 11:50am — No Comments
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
I recently listened to a re-dramatization of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express. Dame Agatha drew that marvelous story out of the heartache of mourning. The story was built around the extended…Continue
Added by David Young on September 27, 2018 at 2:09pm — No Comments
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”
But someone may ask, aren't our hungers natural? Aren't they beyond our control? To some extent I think that is true. But they can also be trained or tantalized.
A child asks, “May I have some more…Continue
Added by David Young on September 25, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”
This is the first of the Beatitudes that may come close to making sense to modern Westerners. However that is because we really do not understand. This almost sounds like Jesus was saying, “If you are nice to people, they will be nice to you.” There is some truth to that. But it misses…Continue
Added by David Young on September 24, 2018 at 1:41pm — No Comments
PURE IN HEART
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
One of my favorite spiritual songs is Change My Heart O God by Eddie Espinoza. The lyrics read,
“Change my heart…Continue
Added by David Young on September 23, 2018 at 3:04pm — No Comments
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
Has there ever been a time of greater need for peacemakers? In these days everything from politics to dietary preferences divides people. What will bring us back together?
Years ago now, I took a team to Thailand to help lead a…
Added by David Young on September 21, 2018 at 6:02pm — No Comments
Some of the most hope filled verses in the Bible are found in the Beatitudes as Jesus began his ministry with The Sermon on the Mount. These words are quite as hopeful as the most powerful promises at the end of The Revelation.
For several reasons I want to look at the Beatitudes in reverse order. When we do this we see some things very clearly about them. When you plunge into the deep water first, you get a better…Continue
Added by David Young on September 20, 2018 at 3:54pm — No Comments
It is important to see hope as something that makes a difference in our daily lives. Among the things hope affects are discouragement and depression. Most of us have experienced depression from time to time. Some of my heroes dealt with personal disconsolation. Among them Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the great nineteenth century pulpiteer. On several occasions as thousands who came to hear him on a Sunday morning sang hymns and waited for him to come to the…Continue
Our Lives in this world are all temporary. In 2 Corinthians 5 Paul pictures our bodies as tents. This is a great picture from Paul the tentmaker. He may have had bedouins in mind, moving every day with the sparse grass across the desert. He may have been thinking of sojourners traveling to a new city. What comes to my mind is a camping trip. A tent is not permanent. Look with me at these first five verses of 2 Corinthians 5.…Continue
Added by David Young on August 31, 2018 at 7:00pm — No Comments