Are you a glass half-empty or a glass half-full person?
Does it depend on the day? The weather?
Your response to these words of Jesus might tell you.
Ask and it will be given to you.
Seek and you shall find.
Knock and the door will be opened to you.
At times those words have inspired me with great faith, boldness and hope.
At other times the same words have mocked me.
Some people have actually lost their faith because of these words.
At the Gathering Church this Sunday we will discover why these words made absolute sense to the one who said them and the ones who first heard them. Found in Matthew 7:7-12, they occur in the home-stretch portion of the Sermon on the Mount, a summary of Jesus’ teaching about how to live well by experiencing God’s kingdom now.
The secret of understanding these promises from Jesus is found in understanding the ‘scale’ of your life.
“Ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Whoever seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door is opened.
Who among you will give your children a stone when they ask for bread? Or give them a snake when they ask for fish? If you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him.”
Take a few minutes out of your life to listen to these important and wise words from a very important “spokesman of our generation”…
In all seriousness, this Sunday we’ll celebrate our moms, and we’ll also spend some time in prayer for those whom Mothers’ Day is less than a cheerful occasion.
Join us as we continue in chapter seven of Matthew’s Gospel and “Jesus’ teaching on living well.” After talk about money and worry, the lilies and the birds, Jesus digs in on one of the most common and slippery ailments to the human condition: judgment.
Think you don’t judge? I bet you judge other people for being judgmental!
Join us as we investigate just what Jesus is teaching us about himself and life with him in his Kingdom!
“Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged. You’ll receive the same judgment you give. Whatever you deal out will be dealt out to you.
Why do you see the splinter that’s in your brother’s or sister’s eye, but don’t notice the log in your own eye? How can you say to your brother or sister, ‘Let me take the splinter out of your eye,’ when there’s a log in your eye? You deceive yourself! First take the log out of your eye, and then you’ll see clearly to take the splinter out of your brother’s or sister’s eye.
Don’t give holy things to dogs, and don’t throw your pearls in front of pigs. They will stomp on the pearls, then turn around and attack you.