Month: October 2015

The narrow and wide gates – what the Bible tells us about bad behavior and the higher standard applied to Christians (Matthew 7:13 – 7:14)

Nearing the close of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his followers: “Enter through the narrow gate for wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction with many entering through it. But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life and only few find it.” What the story means to us today Living the higher standard required of Christians As Christians, we are called to a higher moral standard than non-believers. While following the Bible’s moral guidelines is sometimes difficult, the reward is great. In contrast, following the ways of the world is a much easier task, but inevitably leads us to destruction. In modern-day society, this is an extremely important guideline to live by.  As the moral fibers of society

Rachel is jealous of Leah and competes to have Jacob’s children (Genesis 29:31 – 30:24)

God saw that Leah was not loved as much as Rachel so he enabled her to conceive children while Rachel remained childless. As a result, Leah gave birth to a son she christened Reuben saying “It is because the Lord has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now.” Leah gave birth to a second son and said, “Because the Lord heard that I am not loved, he gave me this one too.” She named him Simeon. She gave birth to a third son she named Levi because “now at last my husband will become attached to me because I have given him three sons.” Leah gave birth to a fourth son and said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” She named him

Ask, seek, knock – Jesus tells us to pray persistently because God wants to bless us (Matthew 7:7 – 7:12)

During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his followers: “Ask and it will be given to you. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened to you, for anyone who asks will receive, the one who seeks finds, and the door will be opened to the one who knocks. Jesus asked the crowd, “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone instead? Of if he asks for fish, will give him a snake? If you, mere men, know how to provide gifts to those who ask, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” So in everything, do unto others as you would have them do unto you, for

Laban’s trickery – Jacob marries Leah… and Rachel (Genesis 29:14 – 29:30)

After Jacob had lived with Laban for a month, Laban offered to pay him for his work telling Jacob, “Just because you are a relative of mine does not mean you should have to work for no pay.” Laban asked Jacob what he thought a fair wage would be. Laban had two daughters – an older daughter, Leah, who had “weak” eyes, and a younger daughter, Rachel, who was beautiful. Jacob was in love with Rachel so he told Laban, “I will work for you for seven years in return for marriage to your daughter Rachel.” Laban agreed that Rachel would be a good wife for Jacob and accepted Jacob’s proposal. Jacob worked for Laban for seven years but his love for Rachel was so great, the

Do not judge or you will too be judged (Matthew 7:1 – 7:6)- what Jesus tells us about judging others

As Jesus was reaching the end of his Sermon on the Mount lessons, he told his followers: “Do not judge others or you too will be judged. In the same way you judge others, you will be judged using the same measure. Why do you point out a speck of sawdust in another’s eye but pay no attention to the piece of lumber sticking out of your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye’ when all the while there is a plank of wood in your own eye? Hypocrite, first take the beam of wood from your own eye and then you will see more clearly to remove the speck of sawdust from your brother’s eye. Do