We want someone to solve our problem, without having to lift a finger. We want the solution to fall from the sky. But one person, a woman with a hemorrhage, knew that she would have to run after the solution.

When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she kept saying, “If only I touch his clothes, I will be healed.”
Mark 5.27-28 NET Continue reading

Here are five introductory points for tomorrow’s lesson on “How to Beat Hypocrisy,” from Luke 12:1-12. I include them here and now, since I don’t know if I’ll get the whole outline translated or not.

  1. Some days ago an American actor admited his hypocrisy, since he campaigned against polluting the earth and rode in his private, polluting jet. Generally, people tend to point out hypocrisy in others, but Jesus wants us to confess our own and repent of it.
  2. The text of Luke 12:1-2 is divided, according to the markers (“speak,” “say”), in three paragraphs: verses 1-3, verses 4-7, and verses 8-10. (NET, NRSV, ESV e NKJV follow this division exactly.) Continue reading

Coffee IVI have a friend, who shall remain nameless in order to protect the guilty, whose body and mind function only after a serious injection of coffee in the morning. As per the image at right.

We’ll not go into a discussion of morning person versus night person, although there is that difference to take into consideration.

Each one has a routine of getting up and about. Fair enough.

Here’s the big question: what is it that gets you going in the morning? Not physically, but mentally. What’s the motivation that makes you sharp, that puts an edge to your activities? Continue reading

We don’t have to guess, the Lord tells us how to live (walk) so as to please him. Hear Paul in 1 Thess. 4:1:

Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more. (NASB)

First, the obligatory nature of the walk: must. This is the divine necessity, the same word as when Jesus said it was necessary that he go to Jerusalem and die. That’s why Paul talks about the commandments they had given the Thessalonians in v. 2. The whole language of punishment and rejection is present to say that these aren’t optional matters (verses 6, 8). Continue reading