Harsh Words From Jesus Aimed At Teachers

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Jesus aimed some of His harshest words at the Scribes and Pharisees (Matt. 23). These guys were called teachers. Jesus called them hypocrites and blind guides. James warned that not everyone should become a teacher because of the greater expectations. In the Bible, God presents instruction, illustrations, and models, for Bible teachers to follow. The challenge is to know those expectations and seek to fulfill them.

Why Do We Live Like Orphans?

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I recently heard a very moving story from a young lady who lost her father in a traffic accident when she was a young child and was also neglected by her mom. At four years of age she was placed in foster care. She described her feelings of insecurity and the resulting negative behavior that stemmed from a desire to be loved. She was eventually adopted by a family that gave her the love she so desperately longed for and needed. Now this young lady has a ministry that seeks to help orphans who have been placed in foster care.

Why five loaves and two fish? Why not steak and potatoes?

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The story of Jesus feeding the 5000 is found in all four gospels. (See Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:1-14)* This story seems to begin on a somber note. Three of the four gospels report the beheading of John the Baptist prior to telling the story of the feeding of the five thousand. Mark and Luke explain that Jesus had recently sent twelve disciples out to preach repentance and on their return they attempted to get away for some much needed rest. There is a problem. The crowds saw them leaving and followed.

Did You Get In Your Workout?

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In his book, Disciplines of a Godly Man, R. Kent Hughes said, “none of us naturally seeks after God, none is inherently religious, none instinctively does good” (Rom. 3.9-18). Therefore as children of grace, our spiritual discipline is everything – everything. The apostle Paul instructed Timothy in 1 Timothy 4.7 to “train yourself to be godly.