These next passages from the Sermon on the Mount may seem a little puzzling on the surface because today we are often required to take oaths as a solemn duty (the oath of service for someone entering the military, an oath to tell the truth in a court of law, the Hippocratic oath doctors make, politi
In these troubling times of economic worry, job losses, daily struggles, high prices, terrorism and on and on…..we need help to discern the right things to do, the right things to do to weather these storms. Jesus shares His deepest wisdom in the Sermon on the Mount. AGAIN, he starts with the
As we wind up Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount concerning divorce, I need to point out that Jesus specializes in mending broken lives–and yes, even those fractured by divorce. Notice God’s attitude toward failure: He never asked how they got into trouble, He knows. He never lea
It seems that the prevalent attitude today towards marriage is not God’s plan–It’s less of an attitude of a lifelong commitment and more of an attitude of “what can you do for ME” (I’d say that it is an irresponsible attitude). We have talked about worldly wisdom and Godly wi
A friend yesterday made this statement in response to our last post and asked me to explain further Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:31-32: “Having had a 3-year ‘practice marriage’ prior to my 32-year ‘life marriage’ I have always been uncomfortable with this passage.
Let me tell you about this man that came to his lawyer to seek a divorce. The lawyer asked him, “Do you have any Grounds?” The man replied, “About three acres”. The lawyer tried again, “No, I mean do you have a Grudge?” The man said, “No, but we have a carpo