Throughout the Gospels, Jesus has conversations with all kinds of people – the religious leaders, tax collectors and sinners, his closest friends, and those in the Roman government. If they had a question or need from Jesus, he was there to answer. Many times Jesus used questions to answer questions. The fact that Jesus answered questions with more questions can show us something more about our own connection and conversations with Jesus today. While everyone may not have fully understood the answers Jesus gave or the questions he presented, he always answered what was most important. I also think that the answer was not as important to Jesus, as was the conversation that happened in the process.
One of the most important questions Jesus asked his disciples is found in Matthew’s Gospel. While at Caesarea Philippi Jesus gathered his disciples and asked, “Who do you say that I am?” It was an intentional question that demanded a thoughtful answer. It was a challenging question that forced the disciples to give a personal answer that came from deep personal reflection.
I’m a scheduler. I’m a worrier, a planner- down to the minute. I’m a perfectionist.
Have you ever sat down and asked yourself “Who are you looking for?” “What are you looking for”? Has the answer changed throughout your life?
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.
Bible Point – Honesty is Important to God Key Verse: The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in men who are truthful. – Proverbs 12:22 It’s important to God that we’re honest in all things (Genesis 25:27-34; 27:1-40). Strengthen your family’s faith learning and growth at home with this easy idea: Discuss people in […]
To you I lift up my eyes,
O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
As the eyes of servants
look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maid
to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
until he has mercy upon us.
Recently, I was returning home after delivering my kids to summer camp and decided to try an audible book to keep me entertained during the five-hour trip. Because productivity and organization continue to be a challenge of mine, I settled on a self-improvement book called Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy for the drive. I was concerned that the book would be a bit redundant, as I was fortunate to attend many educational seminars on similar topics when I was in the corporate world. Unfortunately, my concerns were becoming reality through the first few chapters, but I continued to listen with an open mind and my perseverance eventually paid off.
As we approach Father’s Day weekend, I want to encourage you to remember and honor the special men in your life, whether it be your own father, grandfather or another mentor. I also want to take a moment to speak directly to all of you dads and grandads! I think it is so important for […]
The disciples had the great privilege of witnessing Jesus teach, and perform miracles. They saw him heal the sick and make the blind see. One would think that the disciples would have the utmost faith in Jesus’ ability to overcome the smallest obstacles. Yet, over and over again, we read that the disciples fail to believe that, “All things are possible with God.” (Matthew 19:26)