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The Promise of His Presence

A friend of mine pointed out to me that Matthew talks about the same thing at the beginning and at the end and in the middle of his Gospel:

“… they will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God with us’)” Matthew 1:23
“…where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” Matthew 18:20
“…surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” Matthew 28:20

That''s beautiful. This great God not only came to be with us but promises to be with us to the very end.

That's more than enough. His presence is all that we need!

Son of Mary?

Isn't he the carpenter, the son of Mary,.. - Mark 6:3

Jesus was born of a virgin. It was a miracle. It was possible because of the Holy Spirit.But some people in those days did not believe it. Instead, they mocked at Jesus. They thought that some dirty little secret was there in the family of Jesus.

And they made fun of Jesus because of that. How do i say that?

Well, in Mark 6, Jesus is in his hometown. That's where people start calling him "Son of Mary".

In those days, people were identified with the names of their Father.
James, the son of Zabedee, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon bar Jonah. Nobody were identified with their mother's name.

But for Jesus they use Son of Mary to mock him. They were saying indirectly that they dont know who was the father of Jesus. They were talking ill about Mary. Jesus was ridiculed, mocked, and rejected.

Jesus knew the pain of people mocking him because of the family. Jesus suffered because of these gossips.

Is there a gossip g…

Free Slaves!

In order to be truly free one must become a slave to Christ.

The world seduces us with slavery and calls it freedom. Christ calls us to become his slaves, to take up the easy yoke, which is the only freedom.
                                                              - Michael Card

Paul often called himself “a slave to Christ”

...This letter is from Paul, Jesus Christ’s slave,...Romans 1:1;
...Paul, the slave of God ...Titus 1:1;
....I, Paul, the slave of Christ....Ephesians 3:7





Religion that God Accepts!

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. - James 1:27
The word religion is used only one time (as far as i know) in the new testament. And interestingly its not used to explain all the activity we do in the name of religion. All the temple based activities are not here.
The religion that God accepts is this: 1. Caring for the weak people (orphans and widows) 2. Living a holy life
If you are doing these two things, then you are following a religion that God accepts. If not, then you are following some other religion that God does not accept. 

Dangerous Assumption!