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What Jesus Did Next

Some verses from Scripture have deep and more far reaching meanings than we always give the credit for. These verses for example.


“When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.”(Luke 11:14-26)
Often these verses are interpreted to talk about what happens when either someone repents of their sins or is delivered of an evil spirit.  It is important after that has happened to fully accept Jesus Christ, that is to acknowledge him as Lord.  And it is important to be filled with the Holy Spirit, to yield every part of you to him so that evil spirits can't move in.  This is a good interpretation but there is a prophetic and eschatological meaning also. A…

Would you rather be open minded?

Would you rather be open-minded or narrow-minded? A quick check of the synonyms reveals the essential difference between those two terms. If you are open-minded, you are accepting, tolerant, observant, unbiased and understanding. But if you are narrow-minded, you are bigoted, conservative, hidebound, opinionated, reactionary and intolerant. Let’s all be open-minded!

But is that always a good idea. Herschel Hobbs, the preacher and theologian, said this:
“No sane person wants a banker who says that two plus two equals three. We do not want a pharmacist who just throws together any drugs that may suit his fancy. We want him to follow exactly the doctor’s prescription. This is true narrow-mindedness. We commend this quality in lesser matters-finances and health. But many condemn it in matters of religion.”

If it’s narrow-minded and intolerant to claim that Jesus is the only way to God, then Jesus himself must have been narrow-minded and intolerant, because that’s exactly what he claimed a…

Happiness, forgiveness of sins and roof vandalism

In an article that appeared in U.S.A. Today, December 10, 2002 titled “Psychologists Now Know What Makes You Happy,” writer Marilyn Elias discovered a not-so surprising fact: “Forgiveness is the trait most strongly linked to happiness.” If forgiveness is tied that strongly to happiness, perhaps some of the ideas we have grown up with need to be thrown away. We tend to associate happiness with education, success, good health, and so forth. Not that those things are unimportant, but forgiveness is the single most important trait that leads to happiness.
And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the pa…