August 15, 2014
Where do we begin when a friend we love is not in the Truth? Where do we begin when it is someone we dislike? Where do we begin when an individual, any new brother or sister, accepts the Truth? Barnabas — Where do I begin? Barnabas may have been asking that same question when approaching […]
August 15, 2014
We are fully justified in regarding James as an apostle, for Paul writes “But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother” (Gal 1:19). There is much we do not know about James but we do know that his attitude towards his brother, Jesus, underwent a dramatic, revolutionary change. Introduced as […]
August 15, 2014
Who was Judas? From the outset there are several remarkable things about Judas Iscariot, son of Simon (as John invariably calls him). His name, “Judas,” is the Greek form of Judah, which means “praise” — a remarkably inappropriate name. While we may not be absolutely sure, “Iscariot” would seem to be equivalent to “Ish-Kerioth,” “a […]
August 15, 2014
We are so accustomed to the idea that Jesus called his disciples to help him with his preaching, that it comes as a surprise to realize that, although this was one of the reasons for their call, it was not the first one. Mark informs us that “he ordained twelve, that they should be with […]
August 15, 2014
Matthew — His calling Due to the fact of where Matthew worked and lived (in Capernaum), it is a good possibility that he may have seen Jesus or even met him before his calling. In both Mark 2:14 and Luke 5:27-29 Matthew is referred to as Levi. We know that Jesus was accustomed to changing […]
August 15, 2014
The first, Simon, who is called Peter — Lessons in leadership The importance of knowing Simon1 is vital to understanding him as an apostle, and understanding his role in the first century ecclesia. To take lessons from his life and role without a correct understanding of his personality and his characteristics, would be a mistake. […]
July 15, 2014
James and John — Inseparable brothers There are the four places where Jesus’ apostles are named: Matthew 10:2-4, Mark 3:16-19, Luke 6:13-16, and Acts 1:13. Though the order of the list changes each time, three things remain the same. The list always starts with Peter, ends with Judas Iscariot (except for Acts 1:13, since by […]
July 15, 2014
Confucius said, “To see what is right, and to not do it, is want of courage, or of principle.” We know that our God always does right, as Abraham said in his prayer, “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” The children of Israel were commanded to do right, as we read […]
Categories: Minute Meditations
July 15, 2014
Knowing Jesus “To know and be known by Jesus.” This was the answer a friend of mine gave when asked in a devotion what she wanted to accomplish in this life. Profound, I thought, but what do those two concepts mean? As far as “being known by Jesus,” we can look to parables about his […]
Categories: Reflection