Private Darkness

Ephesians 4:17-32 (2 Meanings Paraphrase): Don’t live like God-deniers do.  Their understanding darkens as their minds become less and less useful. They lose the ability to understand obvious differences between right and wrong.  Their hardening hearts alienate them from the life that is in God alone.  They pursue sensual impurity and practice to get good…

Fruit-bearing Knowledge of Jesus

Fruit is tasty.  With the exception of my seven-year old, who is riddled by culinary oddities, everyone agrees plump, explode-in-your-face juicy fruit is the best.  No one more so than the Apostle Peter. In 2nd Peter 1, he begins by establishing the grand Christian starting point for the life of faith: all followers of Christ…

Pharisees Are Kin

Hypocrisy:  a misleading implication or claim to possession of a desirable trait.  A willful state of deceit. Pharisees: a religious sect during the time of Jesus that exercised that strong social and political influence. Jesus viewed the Pharisees of his day as self-righteous hypocrites.  In turn, Pharisees orchestrated his death.  Have you ever seen people…

Following Jesus (the honest gaze inward)

Life gets hard when a person becomes a follower of Jesus.  It becomes hard in a way that it wasn’t before.  The default float down the river of impulsive desire is interrupted by a flood of transcendent information.  And confessed longing. Intuition might make it plain that living to anesthetize ourselves for decades then die is…