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Apprentice: The Way of Jesus

Do not judge (Matthew 7:1-12)

Jesus, says , “Do not judge”, yet we judge easily and frequently. We judge, often from the false ideas that we can manage others thru condemnation or that putting another down somehow builds up us (actually, judging others diminishes you). These false ideas show no love, skip the struggler’s need to realize their sin, tear […]

Truth be told

It seems everyone lies. At the same time, we all still treasure truthfulness and want it from our loved ones (and auto mechanics). We lie to avoid the consequences of telling the truth (hurt feelings, trouble for ourselves) or to advance our own desires (padded resumes, false tax reporting etc). The deeper presupposition behind our […]

Epithumia (Sexual Desire)

“You know the next commandment pretty well, too: ‘Don’t go to bed with another’s spouse.’ But don’t think you’ve preserved your virtue simply by staying out of bed. Your heart can be corrupted by lust even quicker than your body. Those leering looks you think nobody notices—they also corrupt. “Let’s not pretend this is easier than it […]

Anger Management

As you know, long ago God instructed Moses to tell His people, “Do not murder; those who murder will be judged and punished.” But here is the even harder truth: anyone who is angry with his brother will be judged for his anger. Anyone who taunts his friend, speaks contemptuously toward him, or calls him “Loser” or “Fool” or “Scum,” will have […]

Coming Soon, Now Playing The Kingdom of God

Jesus came preaching, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” (Mt 4:17). The meaning of “repent” and “the kingdom of heaven has come near” could be worded “change your thinking, God has made His way to you” (the idea that God has made his way to us counters all other religions, which teach a […]

Abiding in Christ

All who trust Christ for their salvation, are invited to abide in Christ. Abiding in Christ is to remain “vitally united” to Christ, as a vine is united with the branch (John 15:4-5 AMP).  Abiding in Christ bears the fruit of transformed lives and hearts (Galatians 5:22-23 MSG). If we walk defiantly away from Christ, […]

Spiritual ADHD

Sometimes the average Christian simply walks a path that moves from lesson to lesson, sermon to sermon, Sunday to Sunday without the fruit of a God changed life (See Galatians 5: 22,23). We can fall victim to a kind of spiritual ADHD, we cover material without settling down to focus, reflect and apply the truth […]

Imago Dei (Image of God)

Every human life, from conception to natural death, is sacred. Every person is sacred because he or she bears the image of and is loved by God, their creator (Genesis 1-2, John 3:16-17). For this reason (and others), Jesus taught us to live lives of love and service to all people (Matthew 5-7, Luke 10). A […]

Being a Christian

Being a Christian means you have heard and believed the truth about Christ (John 3:16-17, Mark 8:27-30) , acknowledged and turned away from your sin (Acts 2:38,1 John 1:9) and pledged your life to Christ thru Baptism (1Peter 3:21). All this is from God, whose generous grace, displayed in the self-sacrificing work of Christ on the Cross […]