Monthly Archives: October 2011

Preparing A Way For The Way

Just as with us all, Jesus started out a stranger to His disciples. Many first heard about Him from John the baptist, a man conceived and born for this very purpose. “…he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.” – Luke 1:16-17 (ESV) Since the people might not recognize their Lord when He … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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Hidden Beginnings

…among you stands one you do not know. – John 1:26 (ESV) Before His ministry years, before His baptism and temptation, Jesus was virtually unknown. It had been some time since the strange rumors of the birth of the long-hoped-for Messiah had made the rounds. Supposedly some herdsmen had seen Him lying in a cattle trough. And later, strangely dressed foreigners had come to pay their respects. But that was a long time ago. The excitement had since faded to a memory, and life under gentile subjection went on as usual. To those of Nazareth and the neighboring towns, Jesus … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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Discipleship – Then and Now – part 6

Content – The Essential Christ By far, the most unique and controversial aspect of Jesus’ teachings is what He said about Himself. The rabbis of Jesus’ day taught the Law and their commentaries of the Law. They didn’t blatantly call themselves authorities, but would defer to great teachers of the past. Jesus, on the other hand, did not teach second-hand doctrine. It was not “Rabbi So-and-so said…” but “I say to you”. After the Sermon on the Mount, the people were astonished, because He taught them with authority (Matthew 7:28-29). But as amazed as the crowds were, what Jesus said … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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