“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor….” (Luke 4:18)
The highlight of any U.S. Presidential inauguration is the speech delivered at noon, January 20, on the front steps of the Capitol in Washington D.C. This inaugural address is, traditionally, filled with inspirational lines designed to set…..
But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, “God, have mercy on me a sinner.” (Luke 9:13)
“On the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for (Jesus’) reception there, but they would not welcome him….When…James and John saw this they asked, ‘Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?’ Jesus turned and rebuked them….” (Luke 9:52-55)
Your brother routinely makes anti-Semitic comments. Your neighbor uses the N-word in casual conversation……
Jesus said: “Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.” Mt. 7:21
Time and time again, Jesus makes it crystal clear that to be his disciple requires more than lip service. It requires action, ethical behavior grounded in love of God and…..
Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God. Matthew 22:21
Not long after Nazi Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, a Polish public health nurse discovered the stark nature of evil. Forced to serve the regional government of Occupied Poland as it established a Jewish ghetto in her city, her duties included identifying the sick. She was assured that they would be treated in regional hospitals and reunited with their families. One day…..
“Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!……. Crucify him!” Mark 11:8; 14:13
A theatrical group of professional actors was hired to do a stage production of the passion. All the main characters – like Jesus, Pilate, and Peter — were to be played by members of the theatrical group. All the minor characters – like the people in the crowd scenes were to be played by local people. One of the minor characters picked to…..