Many people have misunderstood Jesus when He said His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:30). If I understand the context properly, Jesus isn’t saying in a simple vacuum that everything God commands His children is easy. His point is being saved in Jesus Christ is an easy yoke and light burden compared to trying to save ourselves by doing enough good works to somehow pay for our sins ourselves.read more
As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. And as Jesus[b] reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples.read more
Peace is the absence of hostility. Peace seems to be an evasive goal. It is something almost everyone wants, but many do not have. Isn’t that strange? Were I to ask you if you desired to be at peace with all men, undoubtedly you would say yes. We desire peace. We do not appreciate conflict.read more
A “Country Meeting” had gone exceedingly well, and elders from another community asked the preacher to work with them in a meeting the following year. He came at the appointed time, and found his reputation had spread, and the building was packed. The elders met him at the car, told him they had never had such a gathering of Methodists, Baptists, and no-church folk, so he must be very careful lest he offend someone with his forthright teaching.read more
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