Aug 01, 2022

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus holds forgiveness for others’ sins as a high standard for us: if we forgive others, we are forgiven; if we don’t, we are not forgiven our sins (Matthew 6:14-15). Our natural tendency is to condemn others for what they do wrong and not to recognize our own sins. […]

The Lord’s Prayer: Forgive Us Our Debts

Oct 04, 2021

  We pray, “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors [in the NIV, NSRV, KJV versions of the Bible].  It is not just debts, but, as other translations suggest, it’s our trespasses or sins, any way in which we disregard the person before us for our own gain. We may owe money to […]

Forgive Us Our Debts

Aug 17, 2020

  The second petition in the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6:12, “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors,” has two main interpretations in our churches today: 1) as I just quoted and 2)” forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” There is another version of Jesus’ teaching in […]

He Chooses the Sinners!!!

Nov 05, 2018

  Does God choose the people who have never sinned, the followers of the law, the do-gooders who stand out? No. So often he chooses sinners to carry out his will. Think of Abraham who showed the door to Haggar and his son by her when his son Isaac was born. And what about Jacob […]

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn…

May 28, 2018

             “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” This second of the Beatitudes addresses all those who have lost someone or something dear to them. There is an emptiness in the people who mourn, a loss that hurts terribly. And yet death is the most natural of things that happen to every […]

Benefits of a God-Centered Life

May 07, 2018

It is hard to imagine from the world’s point of view just how we would benefit from giving our lives over to Christ. To give up control over our lives? To surrender our ways? Our expectations? Assumptions about life? Preferences? It just doesn’t sound worth it when viewed from our human, world-influenced points-of-view. Why would […]

Que Sera, Sera…

Mar 26, 2018

”Whatever will be will be! The future’s not ours to see. Que sera, sera. What will be, will be. Que sera, sera.” Many of my readers may be too young to remember this song sung by Doris Day in the 1956 film, The Man Who Knew Too Much. It came to my mind not long […]

“Adoption is God’s Heart”

Mar 19, 2018

When Jesus talks about serving food and drink/helping/visiting the poor, the sick and the prisoner, he is not just talking about a charitable act. It’s not just about the food or drink that we serve, it’s not just about the visit, it’s more about adopting this person and that one into our family, into the […]

Love One Another

Mar 05, 2018

So much of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount was about creating a whole community of God, the kingdom of God. In The Beatitudes, Jesus blesses the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek(or unimportant), those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the peacemakers and even those who are persecuted.[Matthew 5:3-10] He goes […]

Running from Pain #2

Jan 21, 2018

There are layers and layers to grief, but the one thing we do not want to do is to deny the grief, stuff the tears, or in any way avoid the pain. It is only in thoroughly grieving all our pain and suffering that we free ourselves of the past. There are layers to our […]