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Jesus Turns the Tables On His Attackers

Today we look at two encounters with religious leaders. First, Pharisees and Herodians unite to try to take Jesus down, then, when they fail, the Sadducees do their thing and fail. They couldn’t get the best of Jesus in a … Continue reading

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Healing the Afflicted and Afflicting the Powerful – Mark 3:1-19

I ripped off the title from the old joke about a preacher’s job being to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. When you read about Jesus’ Ministry, though, He did just that. The Pharisees and other religious elite always … Continue reading

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March 27 – Two For The Price of One

Matthew 22:23-46; Numbers 22:1-40; Song of Solomon 2:8-3:5 It’s an old joke, but I still like the story. A little boy is testifying in the courtroom and the defense attorney is having trouble shaking his testimony. The judge is protecting … Continue reading

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March 26 – What Are You Giving to God?

Matthew 22:1-22; Numbers 21; Song of Solomon 1:1-2:7 Spring is in the air and everyone’s thoughts turn to … taxes. Yep, that annual tradition so beloved by Americans of filling out our tax returns and sending them off so that … Continue reading

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February 13 – Gadflies

Hebrews 9:23-10:18; Exodus 9:1-10:29; Proverbs 3 The world needs gadflies. No, not those annoying horsefly types; the world needs the gadflies on society that continually provoke and annoy the authorities so that they consider other points of view. Socrates was … Continue reading

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January 27 – A Taxing Response

Luke 20:1-26; Genesis 35:1-36:43; Psalm 27 It’s tax season again. Let’s see a show of hands. How many of you really love paying taxes? Hmmm. I’m not seeing many hands. The frustrating thing about preparing and paying taxes for many … Continue reading

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July 3 – Tension in the Christian Life

Mark 12:1-27; 1 Kings 3; Hosea 6:1-7:2 It was another trap for Jesus. The Herodians, who supported the government, and the Pharisees, who didn’t, came to Jesus and asked whether or not they should pay taxes. The wording of this … Continue reading

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March 26 – “God, Caesar; Caesar, God”

Matthew 22:1-22; Numbers 21; Song of Solomon 1:1-2:7 Last year I did something I can’t ever remember doing. I rooted for the Green Bay Packers. As a Bears fan it isn’t a religion to hate the Packers, exactly, but it … Continue reading

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