Archive for February, 2013

Giving God what is His

Posted in Uncategorized on February 20, 2013 by Ken

First Jesus is asked about paying taxes to Caesar than later He notes the gift a poor widow makes.

If to God what is God and to Caesar what is Caesar. The rich give to the temple out of their surplus while the widow gives out if her poverty.

Both gave back to God what was God, but only the widow gave to show dependence on God.

Giving back what is not ours should be easy, but we don’t always look at our wages as anyone else but ours. Even that which we say is God. Our wages may come from Caesar so paying the tax would giving some back, but didn’t the widow put in coins that had Caesars face?

God of the living

Posted in Uncategorized on February 19, 2013 by Ken

In Mark 12:26-27, Jesus noted that while we may think that the dead are dead, He reminded us that God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.

“I am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” Note how this is present tense, not past. We may be dead by human terms, but we live on forever by God’s terms.

We all will be resurrected. I want to stand in God’s presence, and not His absence.

Feet fitted with the gospel of peace

Posted in Uncategorized on February 17, 2013 by Ken

Protection from the trials and troubles path of life’s journey.

Do we wear them at all times?
Do we always wear the same type of shoe?

Shoes are about walking and traveling. You don’t wear shoes unless you are moving.

You don’t necessarily wear shoes when swimming, unless you are on a rocky area. You don’t wear shoes at home.

Our walk can be seen in our feet. Not the literal, but in how we journey in our life and how we live. Our walk.

Who fit checks our shoes?

Enter a king, exit a condemned man

Posted in Christianity, Journal on February 17, 2013 by Ken

Mark 11:1-11 talks about Jesus’ triumphal entry in to Jerusalem. People shouting praises and laying their robes or palm branches along the path where Jesus was coming as he rode a donkey.

I read this while my mind was thinking on how He exited Jerusalem carrying his cross to Calvary.

They hailed Him as a king! And He is the king. But they wanted an earthly king to overthrow the Roman government. They didn’t see that He was king over something far greater. Maybe that is why it was so easy for them to yell crucify him days later.

I don’t think the same people were in both crowds. Different people with different mindsets.

Jesus was born to die so I am glad He went to the cross. Though I cringe at it and wish the ending was Jesus coming down from the cross, I am glad He didn’t because without the cross I unsaved.

Thank you Jesus.

Serve

Posted in Uncategorized on February 14, 2013 by Ken

Jesus said that whoever wants to be become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be a slave to all.

From a human perspective this seems contradictory as how can a servant be great? Egos are hard to put in as a servant

We all want accolades, rewards, and recognition. But those things are temporary and not fulfilling.

Being a servant and doing God’s will is very fulfilling and eternal. There is nothing as wonderful as knowing God is pleased with me and for Jesus to say well done good and faithful servant.

The Wonder of it All

Posted in Uncategorized on February 12, 2013 by Ken

“I assure you: Whoever does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Mark 10:15

Watching my kids grow up and the Lou and amazement on new things made me are things differently. Seeing it from their eyes made me miss when everything was new too.

And not just the wonder but the total trust in me.

Everyone needs do view God on the same light.

First shall be last

Posted in Christianity, Journal on February 11, 2013 by Ken

“If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”

We strive not for our glory, but for God’s. Our egos want for us to be first, to think we are the greatest. But Jesus says we truly win by being last, by being a servant.

Jesus showed us countless times about service as He served us.