It’s been an incredibly hard week. I’m sure we’ve all had a week or two like this… It starts out normal, with the usual routines and the usual hello’s, and the promise of making plans – a party to attend, a get-together for dinner, that work project… and then wham! Something unexpected happens. Plans stop, you begin to remember the last conversation you had with someone, and suddenly life takes on a whole new meaning. This week, my Bible study teacher passed away at a too-young age. Sunday morning, I sat in my regular chair listening to him talk about Jesus with a smile on his face. He talked about how life is a vapor and we should be spending our time and talents on the things […]
What are you doing out of the ordinary? This is what Jesus asked the crowds during his Sermon on the Mount. It is my favorite part of Jesus’ sermon so far, as I continue on my journey of reading through Jesus’ words in the New Testament. It’s relatable, even for today. Go the extra mile. We’ve all heard this phrase before, but did you know it actually originated with Jesus? If we apply the principles Jesus mentions in this one passage, I believe it would take care of most of our problems. Matthew 5:33-48 ~ Tell the truth. Go the second mile. Love your enemies. ~ “Again, you have heard it was said to our ancestors, You must not break your oath, but you must keep your oaths to […]
I wonder how many people got up and walked away from the crowd when Jesus started talking about adultery and divorce during his Sermon on the Mount. It’s fine to talk about Blessings and Salt and Light, but now Jesus comes to this part of his sermon. Some people may have even mumbled, “Who does this guy think he is to tell me how to run my life!” Oh wait…. If Jesus is who he said he was – the Son of God and the one who would die for our sins to keep us from going to hell – then what he says truly matters. This is the direct voice of God. We have all wished for God to speak to us at times, and Jesus does just that. The subject of […]
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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.