(tree uprooted from a tornado that passed by our house) The foundation of a home is rarely noticed unless there is a problem. But it makes all the difference. At the end of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, he gives one final statement. He doesn’t beg or threaten, he simply gives people a choice and the truth. Matthew 7:24-29 ~ The Two Foundations “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on the rock. The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. […]
(one of the most photographed gates ~ built in 1888 in St. Augustine, Florida) We live in an age of mob mentality and contradictions. We, as a nation, cry out that all lives matter, which indeed they do, yet many will blindly follow a crowd by destroying and burning property and bringing harm to others. Women scream for the right to do what they want with their own bodies, but individualism in others is not valued. What I have noticed most in watching people on the news lately is that they are not thinking for themselves. It’s a crowd mentality, and we have a fear of being left out of the crowd. But Jesus warns us about […]
This has always been one of my favorite pictures. I like it so much that I have a print of it hanging in my living room. The picture doesn’t draw a lot of attention, but its presence is always there – quietly yearning, seeking, wondering, hoping, promising… We all have that same need – to know and to understand. Jesus encouraged people to ask questions and search for the truth. Only someone who does not have anything to hide will encourage questions. In the Islam faith, people are told not to ask questions. It is considered blasphemy. But the truth has nothing to hide. Love […]
Do not judge…. this is not my favorite part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. It is one of the most misused and misquoted passages in the Bible. People often like to use it as a “Get out of jail free” card. It’s the rebuttal of many arguments, and ironically, many times the people who are quoting Jesus’ words are not even followers of Jesus. Nevertheless, Jesus said it and it is worth looking into exactly what he meant. Matthew 7:1-6 ~ Do not judge “Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged. For with the judgment you use, you will be judged, and with the […]
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Sue McCusker is a writer, Bible teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life, hope, and faith 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.