The Mystery of the Log

“Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.” – Matthew 7:5; NLT

Ah, the log. That unforgiving piece of wood that sticks out of your eye.

That sucker hurts, doesn’t it?

That log blocks your vision. That log keeps you from helping.

That log is the most inconvenient thing in your life.

And we have all missed the mystery of it.

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“…and I will give you rest.”

“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.'” – Matthew 11:28

For those of us who struggle day in and day out to get things done, this is a wonderful call.

For those of us who scrape just to get by, working two jobs in order to pay the bills and make sure we have food, this is a wonderful call.

For those of us who live paycheck to paycheck, this is a wonderful call.

It is the call to the weary to come to Jesus and He will give us rest.

But what does this mean? And what did it mean for His original audience?

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Shutting Up the Divine

“The Divine does not like to be shut up in a building. The Divine likes to be out in the open.” – Morihei Ueshiba

This quote is from the founder of Aikido, a non-resistant martial arts form that teaches redirection rather than self-defense, wearing an opponent down instead of injuring them.

Morihei also believed that the Divine, the God of Peace, lives in each and every one of us and that each of us is a temple, a shrine, for the Divine and we are to train to reflect the Divine in this world.

Sound familiar?

“Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God?” – 1 Corinthians 6:19

However, one of the biggest faults that Morihei felt was being committed by religious institutions of his day was shutting up the Divine in a building.

This is a serious fault in our churches today.

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Word of the Day 01/07/2016

“Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” – Matthew 7:9-11

Word of the Day 12/14/2015

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“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call him JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.” – Matthew 1:21-25

Word of the Day 12/13/2015

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.” – Matthew 1:18-20

How Extreme was Jesus?

So, there’s a verse that I’m quite certain no Christian in the world today follows. As far as I know, this commandment of Jesus’ wasn’t even followed in the early Church.

It goes something like this:

“And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.” (Matthew 5:30; also see Mark 9:43)

If you have followed this verse and done what it says when you have sinned and you used your right hand to do it, then raise your right hand.

Wait…I guess you can’t do that…sorry…

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What Cup Do You Need to Drink?

I want to draw our attention to a deep, extremely human point in the life of Jesus.

We all know that the major purpose of Jesus’ coming was to die on the cross, to be that perfect sacrifice that no one could ever offer, in order for us to be justified before God, and grant us access into God’s presence, both in this life and the life after this one.

And we know that Jesus had that goal in sight for His entire life. It never left His mind, especially as He reached the end of His life and began heading toward Jerusalem.

His crucifixion did not catch Him by surprise. He knew it was coming.

Here’s the kicker: on the night He was betrayed…He didn’t want to go through with it.

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