Monday, November 13, 2023

Eyes to See


This is one of my all-time favorite videos.  Before you read too much further, please take a minute to watch it.  (if it looks like you need to buy something, you don’t.)  It does a phenomenal job of reining in my impatience, judging attitude, and general self-centeredness. 


Matthew 9:35 - When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.


Things to think about:

·       As recently as three days ago, I was on a plane when the guy in front of me leaned his seat all the way back and I could barely use my laptop.  I thought of all kinds of clever (and mean) things to say to him. 

o   And then I remembered this video.  I have no idea what hurts, fears, shame, guilt, etc. this guy might be going through, but I’ll guarantee you one thing, he is going through something.

§  How do I know? He’s BREATHING

§  Nobody gets a pass on the challenges life throws at us.

Do you tend to show mercy or malice as an initial response?

·       In Matthew, we read that Jesus takes a different tack than me

o   He had compassion on them because they were harassed and helpless

§  The Message says it like this, ‘’when he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd.’’ 

o   His heart broke when I was still lost, and I didn’t even know His name

§  He sees us as lost sheep in need of a shepherd

§  How does that word picture encourage you to be more sympathetic?

How does His sacrifice on your behalf motivate you to be more generous in your attitude towards other people?

·       Can you think of a time when your attitude about someone changed when you knew more of their story?

o   What can we do to learn more about what others are going through?

·       If you would like some of the special glasses in the video, they’re actually available!

o   Matthew 9:36 - Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.” 

Monday, November 6, 2023



The 59-foot tall, 1,000-ton Central Solenoid magnet, the world's strongest magnet

I read a sentence in a recent Rick Warren devotional that stopped me in my tracks.  “People are attracted to Christ more than they are persuaded to Him.”  Many of us worry about having the perfect argument to answer the hardest questions.  The reality is the barrier often isn’t intellectual but relational.  Our topic today is about magnets and the power they have to attract. 


Titus 2:10 - so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.


Things to think about:

·       Magnets have the natural property to attract things with the opposite charge

o   Our “positive energy” can be most effective with negative people and circumstances

o   As Christians, sometimes we repel or are repelled by those with an opposite charge

§  Do you naturally go towards someone with a different belief system or towards them?

·       Remember who you were before Jesus drew you in

o   Jesus spent a lot of time with people who had the opposite charge

§  Why does your Master eat with sinners?

§  Is it not the sick who need a physician?

·       What do you think the most attractive quality of the Christian magnet is:

o   Knowledge

o   Wisdom

o   Not drinking, dancing, or smoking

o   Or maybe…LOVE???

§  In service

§  In generosity

§  In availability

§  In empathy and compassion

§  In forgiveness and acceptance

·       Matthew 5:16 - In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

·       John 3:16 - For God so loved the world…

Love is the ultimate magn