If you want to join a gym to work out in Brazil, you have to have a cardiologist’s permission, says the government. There are so many rules and regulations to government, it’s impossible to keep up with them all. If government wants to catch you on something, it won’t have to search far for some transgression of the law.

Estimates say that the U.S. tax code has more than 73,000 pages. Not all that volume applies to everyone, but income tax is so complicated, many people have to run to specially trained preparers. Continue reading

READ: “Therefore, although God has overlooked such times of ignorance, he now commands all people everywhere to repent” Acts 17.30 NET.

THINK: Repentance, a commandment of God, is the decision to change. We abandon idols (our preferences) in order to serve God, 1Th 1.9-10. God no longer permits the ignorance of the past. Continue reading

Text: Matthew 15

Memorize: And he replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father did not plant will be uprooted. Leave them! They are blind guides. If someone who is blind leads another who is blind, both will fall into a pit.” Matthew 15:13-14 NET

The subject: tradition above God’s commandments. The targets: Pharisees and scribes. The issue: breaking God’s commandments.

When this Jerusalem commission charged Jesus with breaking the ancient traditions, Jesus turned the tables on them and charged them with breaking God’s commandment because of their traditions. In the ensuing explanation and Jesus’ announcement to the crowds that contamination occurred from what came out of a man’s mouth and not what went into it, the disciples saw how deeply the Pharisees and scribes were offended. Continue reading