This morning, I don’t really have a Devotional thought, but just some information that might or might not be useful.
My work van is my office for the bulk of my day. I get in it at 5:00 AM usually, and am in it for the next 10 hours. Out in the boonies where I live, good radio stations are hard to find. I mostly like to listen to Christian stuff, and that makes it far harder. I had a trial of Sirius XM which was nice as I listened to Family Talk Radio. There are a couple of problems with that. First is the fact that some of the stuff on there is not really my cup of tea for whatever reason. The second is that it is a real time broadcast. If I miss something or somebody, I have just missed it.
My solution is down loading audio MP3 to my phone and Bluetoothing them to the van radio. This is actually quite the perfect solution. Here are the things I listen to regularly, and enjoy much. I’d love reader suggestions on any good audio sermons out there. Thanks in advance!
Jesus fixes EVERYTHING. Great thoughts on forgiveness here from IB with a link to some more great thoughts from Aldtric Johnson. Comments closed here; blessings and enjoy.
A bit funny, the other day I encountered a couple of articles on forgiveness that just pushed all my buttons, that annoyed me so much I was quite prepared to get up on a bucket and start preaching like the prophets of old. Wrong headed, that’s what they were, devoid of love, all wrong hearted, victim blaming, unkind, legalistic. I wrote a blog post full of words, “thou shall not weaponize forgiveness in such a manner!”
But then……I don’t want to be negative all the time, I don’t want to focus on all the things we in faith can make a real mess of, and how hurtful that can be to other people.
So I trashed the whole post and decided to just let it go. God with His perfect timing, promptly called my attention to this breath of fresh air, just a post that made my heart sing, that…
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In a few weeks many of us will grudgingly begin rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar’s
Do we have that same attitude when rendering unto God what is His?
This passage in Luke is similar to the story we saw in Matthew 22:34-40 Again, a lawyer was trying to trick Jesus by asking Him what is the greatest of all the commandments; again, Jesus answered him by saying that the two greatest commandments are to love God with all you have and then to love one’s neighbor as oneself.
The lawyer, probably knowing he had failed on this count, attempted to excuse himself by asking, “And who is my neighbor:” Jesus then explained what He was trying to say by relating the well-known story of the Good Samaritan, which is in the link at the top.
Most of us know the ending of this story; Jesus asked the lawyer, based on the story, just who had been a true neighbor to the man in need. The answer of course, was that the Samaritan who rendered aid to the wounded man was his neighbor.
The lesson in love shown here by the Samaritan who helped the hurt man is actually quite simple. It is really an illustration of how Jesus loves all people and how we, in turn are to love all people.
Our neighbor may be someone who is totally different from us and many even be an enemy. Any reading of the Gospels reveals quickly how Jews and Samaritans felt about each other. In this case the needy man’s own people, the priest and the Levite passed by him while the enemy the Samaritan, stopped to help.
Our neighbor may be someone we have no obligation to help. Certainly the priest and the Levite were duty bound to help their fellow Jew, but they did not. The Samaritan, with no ethnic or religious duty whatsoever, stopped to help.
Our neighbor may be someone who poses potential risk or sacrifice to us if we help. There were many good reasons not to stop and help a person on the road to Jericho; it was a dangerous place filled with robbers. The hurt man may have only been a trap, for instance.
Our neighbor may be someone who doesn’t deserve our help and certainly cannot be expected to repay us. Not only did Jews hate Samaritans, but they would have treated them as second class citizens, no better than dogs. One of the reasons the priest and Levite would not have stopped is that even touching such a person would have made them ceremonially unclean. Stopping to help a man who probably thinks you are worse than a dog is a hard thing to do.
The Samaritan certainly did not know if he would ever see the money he spent returned. In fact, he dropped the man off at an Inn and left extra money in case his bill ran over. He even said he would come back by and make good on any more expense that may have arisen.
So then, who is our neighbor? Short answer: everyone. There is nothing that someone we may have contact with can do to make them undeserving of being our neighbor. All people, of all types, all races, all religions and all personalities are our neighbors. Jesus has commanded that we love those people as we love ourselves. We are to deal kindly in our encounters with all of our neighbors, as the Samaritan did with the wounded Jew. We are to show the kind of love Jesus showed for all humanity on the cross. He died not just for the lovable, but for all.
Let God’s Word be true and every man a liar. Comments closed here; blessings and enjoy
In and under the most wonderful playgrounds of the world, requires the greatest of guests. May I introduce you to the king of the oceans, designed for His pleasure, and courtesy of the Creator, and a reminder that some things never change.
(And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. Genesis 1.21)
The great whales were whales then, they are now, and ever shall be whales. ‘After their kind kinda shuts the mouths of godless evolutionists everywhere.
Oh, then there is this: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
But first, this One needed to be born, of a young lowly…
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