An Invitation and an Investment

Matthew 9:9 (ESV) As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. Matthew was actively participating in his crooked business when Jesus came and said, “Follow me.” therefore the only preparation we need to […]

Who is My Neighbor?

Luke 10:37 (ESV) He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.” Jesus says this right after He tells the infamous story of the Good Samaritan. It is a response to the question from a religious leader asking how he might be saved. Jesus responds essentially […]

The Accessibility of Christ Vs The Inaccessibility of a Church

Isaiah 53:4 (ESV) Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. Throughout the gospels we see Jesus reveal a God that is accessible. Matthew 8:16 (ESV) says that evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out […]

The Call

Jeremiah 20:9 (ESV) If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot. I think everyone in ministry should be able to identify with the call of prophet Jeremiah. […]

He has made your battle His Battle

Philippians 2:12–13 (ESV) Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. This verse reminds […]