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Kingdom

Read through the gospels a few times, and you will see just how often Jesus walks around talking about the Kingdom of God. It seems at times, to be the only thing on his mind. The compares it to a number of things, like a man selling all that he has in order to buy a field that he finds a priceless treasure in; like a little leaven that is put into a bowl with some bread dough, and eventually penetrates every part of it; like a tiny seed that grows up to be a huge tree that provides a safe home for the birds; and like a net that a fisherman throws into a sea which captures lots of fish, but when it is dragged onto the shore only the good ones are kept. Jesus says that only certain people will inherit or see the Kingdom, like the poor in spirit and those who are persecuted for righteousness sake. He told his disciples that they had been given the ability to know the mystery of the Kingdom, but everyone else had to learn about it through parables. When he taught his disciples how to pra…

In the Middle

Today I find myself in the middle of a broken down worldI hear stories of war. Some are fighting for freedom; some are fighting for hope. I see pictures of a far away land where people don't have clean drinking water, where aids attacks without sexual intercourse and where children are being abducted everyday.I read magazines that tell me about young girls who are being sold into slavery, young boys who are being forced into revolution.I watch myself as I feel too weak and tired to raise my hands in the heartfelt worship of a holy God, while people half way around the world raise their hands with strength in the face of death.I see entertainment shows that continually play on those 'larger than life' people who finally break down after living their life under the microscope of an entire nationI find myself living in a place where 'living' is defined by material things and where 'happiness' is the only thing you can't buy with a Mastercard.The rain beats…

Faith

Have you ever had one of those days that begged you to ask the question, "what in the world is wrong with my life?" I have. Everyone has. I don't know about you, but I would just assume not have those days. Obviously, no one likes to have a bad day. But lately I have been noticing a strange trend on these types of days: these are normally the days in which I fail to live out my life for the Kingdom of God. I find myself justifying my thoughts, my reactions and my motives by pointing to how rough it has been for me lately. Sometimes I make a conscious decision that on this day, I don't want to follow Jesus. I am finding out that when the sun is shining bright and when all is right in the world, it is pretty easy to follow Jesus. But when the storms roll in and when we start to get a little wet and cold, we find ourselves distancing ourselves from the words of Jesus. I am finding that our commitment to follow Jesus is found in these same moments. Moments of choice. Mom…