Posts from the ‘Power’ Category

Speak, Lord. I’m Listening

No matter how often I read about it I am shaken, startled, and saddened at the response of religious people to the work of God. Jesus healed a man speechless because of a demon of silence. When the man spoke the religious people (the ones who go to church service and sit on committees and contribute to new furnaces and a roof or two) condemned Jesus. Read more…

Power Politics Are Tough

For a third time I look at that extraordinary account in John 11 of the official response to the power Jesus displayed. Read more…

Tough, It’s a Miracle

What a terrible thing it is for institutional religion for a prophet or faithful witness to appear in the power of God! Read more…

When the Going Gets Tough, Some Just Go

Some people don’t see God at work, they see religion at risk. Read more…

Open or Closed?

Translation is a tricky thing. For example, the Old Testament often refers to “hardness of heart” in King James language. Read more…

Cross Every Day

So, what does it really mean for Jesus to say, “Those who want to come with me must say no to the things they want, pick up their crosses every day, and follow me” (Luke 9:23 God’s Word)?
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“When People Hate You”

It is very hard to think of blessings from God when people, especially those who claim to be Christian, treat you hatefully. But the historical reality stares us in the face. Religious people have always hated and abused those who serve God without compromise.
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Right Power

On this date, June 6, in 1944 the invasion of Europe began. When I read about it the fact remains that the whole thing was a fragile victory. Any of a number of things could have happened differently and the landing could have failed.

The coming of Jesus into the world had an equally fragile future. Read more…

Troublemaker

Do you have a reputation as a troublemaker?

Well, if you live as a stubborn, uncooperative, get-in-the-way-of action pain, that is likely not at all good. If you are a bully, pushing people around and heaping contempt on others, that never rates as good. Abuse is anti-God. If you talk about people behind their back, listen to gossip, disrupt godly justice and destroy reputations you work for the Enemy, Destroyer, against God.

But maybe you find yourself on the other side, wrongly accused of being a troublemaker.

Jesus was accused of being a troublemaker, for instance. Read more…

Unjust Guilt

Truth often explodes out of fiction, and Jean de La Fontaine (July 8, 1621 – April 13, 1695) rates high. In his A Hundred Fables one finds the fable, “The Wolf Accusing the Fox”. The monkey acts as judge and makes this ruling:

“And hence I fine you both -…
You wolf, in short, as bringing groundless charges.
You fox, as guilty of it.”

I choose not to count how often innocent people have suffered terribly at the hands of false accusers Read more…