8 - Keeping short accounts

Greg Aikins on November 4, 2020

Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court.  Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.  I tell you the truth, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.  – Jesus, Matthew 5: 25-26. As a disciple, I need to heed carefully the words of Jesus here.  Our Lord speaks them in the context of his warnings about anger towards others.  Followers of...

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A tale of two daughters

Greg Aikins on September 22, 2020

Jarius: “My little daughter is dying.” Jesus to the woman healed from her hemorrhaging:  “Daughter, your faith has healed you.  Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Jesus to Jairus’ daughter:  “’Talitha koum!’ . . . Immediately the girl stood up and walked around (she was twelve years old).”  – Mark 5:22ff.               It may seem strange that the story of the woman who was bleeding and the raising of Jairus’ daughter are intertwined.  But Mark sees them as connected and not simply because they happen to intersect at the same point in time of Jesus’ life.  It...

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The Cross and me - 2

William Aikins on July 28, 2020

The cross and me – 2 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20). Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven (The Lord’s Prayer) Suffering is inevitable in this life, despite what we would like to believe.  As Job’s friend Eliphaz said, “Man is born to trouble as surely as the sparks fly upward” (Job 5:7).  Sin, the ungodly...

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The cross and me - 1

William Aikins on July 20, 2020

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20). For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified (1 Cor. 2:2).               I took in a webinar the other day sponsored by a well-known Christian polling organization.  The topic was the “state of the church” in the U.S. in light of the Coronavirus.  According to the presenter, COVID 19...

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7 - First be reconciled, then present your offering

Greg Aikins on March 20, 2020

(Commands of Jesus in Matthew) Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar.  First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.  – Matt. 5:23-24, NIV. This is a radical demand from our Lord.  I cannot simply gloss over it with excuses as to its impracticability or even impossibility.  I have to face Jesus’ words squarely and let them search my heart. In the context of the Sermon on the Mount, I am forced...

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