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"Poking Holes in the Darkness": Jesus on Community Outreach

I love the introduction to this week's Sabbath School lesson that quotes the child, Robert Louis Stevenson, telling his nanny that the lamplighter was "poking holes in the darkness." It reminds me of another description of poking holes in the darkness. That description says, "God is the source of life and light and joy to the universe.

A Free Life Found In the Justice and Mercy of the Old Testament

I define what is right and just.  In other words, what is “just” is subjective.  It is what I think is just—is just.  That is the natural condition of my human nature.  I have a rough time with the concept of an external definition of justice that does not take into account how I feel or how I am treated.

I also have the ability to use logic to develop an argument that adequately explains my sense of injustice in any given situation.

To Be a Blessing: Lessons on Justice and Mercy from the Old Testament

One sentence flows across a black granite wall in Montgomery, Alabama: We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. Paraphrased from the book of Amos, this statement, engraved on a Civil Rights monument, crosses millennia to underscore unchanging lessons for humanity.

Community Outreach

Over the last week I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel in the footsteps of Paul through Turkey and Greece – beginning in Izmir (Smyrna), we've visited Ephesus, Colossi, Laodicea, Philadelphia, Pergamum, Philippi, Thessalonica, Berea, and are now in Athens.

Umbrum Mortis

For millennia the Christian Church has sought to understand and explain the significance of Christ’s death and resurrection, and to appropriate it’s meaning in different settings to each new generation. Our own prophet E. G. White has counselled; “As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit.” (The Desire of Ages, p.

John Gill's Exposition of Matthew 26:2 (1748)

Matthew 26:2

Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.

Messiah, the Game-Changer

Matthew wrote the Gospel to the Jews, his natives. The difference between him and Paul was that Paul was the “perfect” Jew before his conversion, whereas Matthew was “the traitor” Jew. Both were called directly by Jesus. After they accepted their call and converted, they both loved Jesus. Both also witnessed about Jesus in writing. While Paul wrote pastoral letters, Matthew penned a Gospel. Paul wrote primarily to the converted Gentiles, Matthew wrote primarily to the Jews. However, both were bringing arguments regarding the salvation of Jews and Gentiles.

Jesus and Rest

Jesus invited all who were weary and burdened to come to him and promised that he would give them rest (Matt. 11:28ff). This was then, and continues to be, a welcome and attractive offer; an overwhelming majority of individuals experience soul-destroying, life-quenching exhaustion from the labor and troubles characteristic of life on this planet. Desperate for relief, multitudes have responded to Christ’s offer, seeking the promised rest. Sadly, only a portion of these finds this radical relief, the experience of revitalization.

God Speaks Through Prophets

This week's commentary is taken from Chapter 2 of the late Herb Douglass' book Messenger of the Lord: The Prophetic Ministry of Ellen G. White.

The full text of this chapter can be found here, on the website of the White Estate.

The Sermon on the Mount

The title “Sermon on the Mount” was apparently first given to Matthew 5-7 by Augustine of Hippo, but the specialness of this discourse was realized from the beginning and largely accounts for the popularity of this gospel in the early church.  It is the first of five such discourses into which Matthew gathers the teachings of Jesus topically, the others being: Counsels on Mission (chapter 10), Teaching in Parables about the Kingdom of God (chapter 13), Church Relationships (chapter 18), and Last Things (chapters 23-25).

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