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The Wise and Foolish Builders - Matthew

What’s important to you?

What's important to you?

What’s important to you?  Do we even take time to think about that question?  Or are we just so focused on “now” that we don’t even know what’s important? 

Maybe I should say, what’s important in your future?  You know, beyond the next few minutes?  Even better, your distant future?  Where do you hope to be at the end of your life? 

In other words, what’s your life goal?  What’s important for you to be able to achieve your life goal?  Do I dare even ask if you’ve thought about the next life?  What happens after this one?

Who is the wise one in Jesus’ parable about building?

Who is the wise one in Jesus' parable about building?

Who is the wise one in Jesus’ parable about building? In the parable of the wise and foolish builders, Jesus compared, obviously, a wise builder and a foolish one. Of course, we want to emulate the wise builder. So let’s take a look at him. What is it that made him “wise”? Was it conventional wisdom of the time? Or was it something else?

Whoever loves God must also love his brother and sister

children - brothers and sisters

Whoever loves God must also love his brother and sister.  That’s not from me.  It’s from the Bible.  Certainly, non-Christians might feel no obligation to obey it.  But if we’re Christian, it’s not a suggestion.  It’s not just a “nice” thing to think about.  It’s a command!  And there aren’t any exceptions to go with it.  In case you’re wondering, or even if you’re not, that includes our “brothers and sisters” from another country.  Again, Jesus gives no exceptions.

The LORD Said. I Think. Oops! That Was Me!

“The LORD Said. I Think. Oops! That Was Me!”

“The LORD Said. I Think. Oops! That Was Me!”  Yeah, that really happens.  I do wish I could take credit for my title, but I can’t.  It’s from a book by T. F. Tenney, titled The Lord Said– Or Was That Me: Some More Advice Unasked For And Seldom Heeded.  I’ll hopefully write about it (the book) some day, but for now it’s just the title I’m borrowing.

It’s hard to admit even to ourselves when we do something because we thought it’s what God wanted, but then find out it wasn’t. Worse yet, it’s what we wanted.

Blessed are the peacemakers

Blessed are the peacemakers

Blessed are the peacemakers.  But who / what are peacemakers?  Some of you will think of a Colt handgun.  Or a strategic bomber.  Or maybe even an MX Missile.  If you’re Christian, or think you’re Christian, hopefully those aren’t the first things that come to mind.  Why not?  Because Blessed are the peacemakers is something Jesus said.  It’s one of the Beatitudes, from the Sermon on the Mount. 

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