One of Jesus’ more controversial and misunderstood teachings dealt with forgiveness. In the Old Testament the Hebrew people were commanded to seek equal recompense for a wrong suffered. They were told to take “Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth” (Matthew 5:38; Ex. 21:24; Lev. 24:20; Deut. 19:21). At first glance such a law seems […]
Meism says, “Me first.” It’s the opposite of weism that says, “We first.” On the night before his crucifixion Jesus prayed for his future disciples–you and me. He could have prayed we would be strong and powerful. Instead, we read, “I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all […]
Jesus said, “My words are both Spirit and life” (John 6:63). He didn’t say my words point to Spirit and life. Nor did he say, my words teach about Spirit and life. Jesus said, “My words are Spirit and life.” Profound statement. Profound thought. Here’s how I see it. The words of Jesus express the […]
Most women have been hurt by a man. According to an Internet survey of almost 250 women across the United States, 60% said they had been hurt by their dad and 83% said they had been hurt by a man other than their dad. The knife dug deep into many women leaving wounds time hasn’t […]
A study of maladjusted students in a large Oklahoma high school reveals the importance of verbal affirmation. The counselors in the school first developed close relationships with ten of the school’s most troubled teenagers. Next the counselors asked the kids, “How long has it been since your parents told you they loved you?” Only one of the students could remember hearing it at all, and he didn’t remember when.