Jesus Deals with the God’s Will/Man’s Will Kerfuffle

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Healthcare and welfare top the chartsWhat-A-Kerfuffle as attention grabbers. This is nothing new; two thousand years ago multitudes followed Jesus over sea and land, they even tried to force Him to be their king. Here’s why: He gave them free food, healed their diseases and gave them hope the day he fed 15,000 to 20,000 people in John 6 (woman and children included).

By chapter’s end, scores of false disciples walk away from Jesus, never to return. He’s left addressing a congregation of only “The Twelve,” wanting to know whether they’d like to go away also.

John 6 is a message of God’s gracious provision of food and medical care, yet ironically, it’s also a classic example of a lack of gratitude from people who only want “a Jesus” who gives them free stuff, minus His call to “believe in Him whom God sent” (John 6:29).… Continue reading

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“Be Anxious for Nothing?” Why? – Part 3

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I am small, God is big“Your thoughts of God are too human.” These are the condemning words Martin Luther wrote to the heretic Erasmus, but I wonder how much we might be guilty of the same thing. Every time we distrust in the sovereign plan of God, we diminish God to a lesser being who isn’t in control over every aspect of creation. What’s more is that any god less than the God described in Scripture is an idol, crafted by our own imaginations or perception. On the flip side, for our thoughts of God to be biblical, we would have to affirm that He is in perfect, sovereign control over every possible element and detail of His creation.… Continue reading

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