We’ve become anti-everything.  It’s the new solution.  Have a problem?… all you need to do is be against something, and you’ll feel better.  But just like the old saying goes, “fight bad with good”, we need to be FOR something.  It’s the only way this life is going to work.  So in my journey of reading through Jesus’ words in the New Testament, I have come to that one statement that has many people fighting over its words today.  It even says the Pharisees took offense over it too, so it is not new to our generation. Here is the entire reference in question and then I’ll give my conclusion of what Jesus is really saying.   Matthew 15:10-20 ~ Defilement is from within  Summoning the crowd, Jesus told them, “Listen and understand: It’s not what goes […]
No one else has ever claimed they can forgive sins except Jesus. The concept was incomprehensible at the time. Why did Jesus say this? Not once or twice, but all the time. Jesus’ response to this question was just as unconventional. He asks those that questioned him, Why are you thinking evil in your hearts?  Then even more puzzling, Jesus picks out a tax collector in the crowd and goes to his house to eat with him and other sinners. Tax collectors were so hated at the time that they were called out separately from all the other sinners. They were a special class of sinners. Can you imagine how Matthew the Tax Collector must have felt when Jesus picked him? Elated! He was the kid nobody liked, never got picked for 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.