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What is heaven like according to Jesus?

What is the kingdom of heaven like according to Jesus? My favorite parable of His is Matthew 13:44. Jesus states, "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field."

   The first observation I make of Jesus' words is the word "treasure". He describes heaven like a treasure. Treasure is wealth, riches or something highly valuable and highly prized. Treasure is something we cherish. So, according to Jesus, heaven is a place to be highly valued, highly prized and highly cherished.

   How much should heaven be treasured by someone? How valuable is heaven? Jesus tell's us a story to help us understand how valuable heaven is. It is hard to wrap your mind around how valuable something is if you can't put your eye's on it. Luckily, Jesus has been there and He can tell us.

   Jesus tell's us a story about this man who found this treasure co…

Why Do People Sin?

Turn on the news, sin is abound. Sin is prevalent in society and the Church, it would see, is not absent. Recently the Catholic Church has been making headlines regarding the one thousand children sexually abused. Close to me outside the Catholic faith, a Protestant church made local headlines of children having been sexually abused by a Sunday School teacher. And it is nothing to turn on the news to find reports of murder, etc... Personally, I do not watch the news much any longer. It is depressing and I can find better things to do with my time. Why do people sin anyway? I would like to propose just a couple suggestions:

1. Their desire for the deeds of the flesh is more than their desire for God.
       Let's take it back to the first time sin entered the world - Genesis 3:6. If you know your Bible Adam and Eve come to mind. Genesis 3:6 states, "So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desir…

Two Blind Men & Jesus.

This morning I was reading through Matthew chapters 6-10. I read this account in Matthew 9:27-31 about two blind men following Jesus crying out to Him saying, "Have mercy on us, Son of David." They were asking to receive their sight. Jesus asked them this very important question that is still important today: "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" (9:28) A few things come to my mind when I observe and meditate on this passage.

1. Faith is a matter of believing in Jesus' ability.
   That question that Jesus posed to these two blind men is a question we all need to ask. Do I believe? Do I have confidence in Jesus? The word "believe" means confidence in something or someone without having absolute proof. With that in mind, understand what Jesus is asking these two blind men: "Do you have confidence that I have the ability to heel you without having any absolute proof?"
   What is being questioned is not who Jesus is but in Jesus' ab…

What does Jesus say about retaliation?

I was in my morning devotion time, reading through the Gospel of Matthew. As I was reading, these words caught my attention: "Do not resist the one who is evil." Wanted to share some thoughts from my time in God's Word.    Jesus cited Exodus 21:24 in Matthew 5:38 saying, "You have heard it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But then Jesus teaches, "Do not resist the one who is evil." See what Jesus our Lord teaches - Do not resist evil.   What does Jesus mean by the word "resist"? When Jesus says "do not resist", He is saying do not hold your ground, do not push back, do not withstand and do not oppose. Who are we not to "resist"? "The one who is evil." Jesus teaches us that we are not to hold our ground against those who are morally wrong or bad. We do not push back against those who are wicked. We do not oppose those who are harmful.   Instead Jesus teaches us in Matthew 5:39-42 th…

No Knowledge of God

If you would turn on the news chances are you will be bombarded by headlines dealing with murder, all kinds of violent acts, sexual misconduct and scandals. The news is depressing. How did we get here? I want to show you using a story from the Bible.

   There is a book in the Bible called Hosea. Hosea was a prophet and he was known as the 'death-bed prophet'. His story is particularly interesting. He was the last of the prophets before the northern kingdom fell to Assyria. He prophesied during a time that Israel was prosperous and that prosperity eventually lead to moral decay.
   Hosea was commanded by God to marry a "wife of whoredom" (Hosea 1:2), in order to serve as an example of Israel's unfaithfulness to God. Israel committed this adultery because they turned from a God who loved them to worshiping false gods. In essence it is Israel cheating on God with false gods.
   How did they get to that point? Hosea 4:1 writes, "There is no faithfulness or …