In Jesus’ day, the Pharisees required fasting twice a week for orthodox Judaism, even though the Old Testament law prescribed only one fast on the Day of Atonement. But Jesus was not doing this and some people questioned why not. Jesus went about teaching and healing and dining with people. Jesus brought life and joy with Him, not mourning. Even today, our faith in Jesus should bring us joy, comfort us, give us hope. There may be times for fasting, but I believe they are rare. Unless it is done for all the right reasons and in private, then one is just merely going through the motions of a good diet or cleansing. Jesus came to replace the old, external […]
  “From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”  Matthew 4:17 What did Jesus mean by that?  What had happened from that time on? I hope you will spend a few minutes with me on my journey of reading through Jesus’ spoken words in the New Testament; to block out all the noise of our society and just listen to what Jesus has to say.  If Jesus is who he said he was, then the only thing that truly matters are his words. ~~*~~ The gospel of Matthew records one of Jesus’ most famous sermons, called The Sermon on the Mount.  Matthew had been a despised tax collector of his time, but he had changed.  He gave away his wealth, relinquished his power, […]
As I sit here on Christmas Eve, the anticipation begins to build.  No matter if you are young or old, everyone stops for a moment on this Christmas eve, as the old familiar carols play, and will think of their hopes and dreams, presents and sweets, and family and friends. It is a time like no other. Christmas Day is the only day of the year where the entire world stops for a day.  Even wars have called a truce on this day.  Peace.  A time to celebrate the day God chose to make Himself known to all mankind in a personal way.  Jesus Christ.  And for all that Jesus represents to the world – peace, love, forgiveness, joy, kindness, understanding, compassion, helping the poor.  No other person, no other […]

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Sue McCusker is a writer, teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life and hope she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study. Her passion is connecting technology with faith to produce good.