• One for the Road – “Stranger”

    Stranger.  Acquaintance.  Friend.  These words describe how people relate to Jesus.   Stranger.  There is no knowledge of Jesus.  They have never heard about Him.  He’s a stranger.   Acquaintance.  These people know about Him.  They may even go to church.  There is no shortage of opportunity to know Him.  But…He remains only an acquaintance.   Friend.  These are those who know Jesus in a personal […]

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  • One for the Road – “Kicking Against the Goads”

    Kicking against the goads.  That’s a struggle to be avoided.   A goad is a sharp stick…used to prod animals.  It’s sharp – pointed – and designed to inflict pain.   The word picture is powerful.   Saul of Tarsus was confronted by Jesus with these very words: “It is hard for you to kick against the […]

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  • One for the Road – “No Thanks”

    No thanks.  That’s a polite response…when denying an offer.   You decide not to make the purchase…or in some way express your refusal.   But…for some people these two words describe their ingratitude – there is no thanks.   In sharp contrast are the words of Paul:  “In every thing give thanks; for this is the will […]

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