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In Mark 10:25, Jesus said that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God. This distressed his disciples, who wondered who could be saved. When Jesus said that everything is possible with God, Peter wanted to make sure his place in the kingdom was secure. So he said, “We have left everything to follow you!” (10:28). Peter was probably hoping for a word of reassurance, something like, “Don’t worry, Peter, you’re in. You’ve earned your spot by your sacrifice.” But what he heard from Jesus must have been both comforting and perplexing.
Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Mark 10:21 Mark 10:17-27 is one of those passages in the Gospels that makes most of us terribly uncomfortable. Like […]
In yesterday’s devotion I suggested that in our world of instant-gratification, we need a season like Advent to teach us how to wait. Advent is a season of longing for a Savior to touch our lives and heal our hurting world. Today, on this first Sunday of Advent, the prophet speaks of a longing for change — the desire for God to shape our lives amidst a world that often seems like it’s out to crush and derail us from following the One who came in the flesh to show us the way home.
Today we conclude our series of devotions inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol…
In yesterday’s devotion, we saw that Ebenezer Scrooge was transformed from someone who treated his worker, Bob Cratchit, poorly, to a boss who paid just wages. Seeking justice in the workplace is an essential element of keeping Christmas well, both in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and in the Scripture. Yet, there is more to keeping Christmas well for those of us who are in a position of leadership in our workplaces.
If Scrooge had been guided by Scripture in his relationship with his clerk, he would not have paid Bob so meagerly…
Yet, I recognized that some of us are not able to be with our own families, even during the holidays. In times like these, we can find comfort and joy as “members of the household of God” (Eph 2:19).
I want to share with you three different snapshots of the family of God at Christmas…
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