Command #21 - Be Humble

September 21, 2017

Humility in our day has fallen on hard times. Such can be said for most of the attributes of Christlikeness. But humility is especially embattled. The contrast between the world's perspective and that of Jesus is drawn with yet starker clarity when we substitute the word Jesus used to describe humility--meekness.  

From The Commands by Michael Phillips. Read by Michael Kimball. More information on this and similar writings may be found at Father of the Inklings. Visit Amazon to purchase The Commands and other books by Michael Phillips.
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Twenty - To What Does Jesus Call Us?

September 19, 2017

Were you able to put yourself in the picture as I did, envisioning Jesus suddenly turning the world upside down where you live--be it office, factory, retirement home, school, store, small town, suburban neighborhood, city business district--with your being swept up in it too, like I was?  

From Jesus an Obedient Son by Michael Phillips. Read by Michael Kimball. More information on this and similar writings may be found at Father of the Inklings. Visit Amazon to purchase Jesus an Obedient Son and other books by Michael Phillips. 
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Command #20 - Think No Impure Thought

September 14, 2017

The Sermon on the Mount is astonishing on many levels. In three succinct chapters, Jesus outlined a revolutionary new morality which was henceforth intended to visibly characterize the life lived and the attitudes held by those who would call themselves his followers.  

From The Commands by Michael Phillips. Read by Michael Kimball. More information on this and similar writings may be found at Father of the Inklings. Visit Amazon to purchase The Commands and other books by Michael Phillips.
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Nineteen - Reality Becomes Reality

September 12, 2017

As I watch, gradually the scene before me begins to change... 

From Jesus an Obedient Son by Michael Phillips. Read by Michael Kimball. More information on this and similar writings may be found at Father of the Inklings. Visit Amazon to purchase Jesus an Obedient Son and other books by Michael Phillips. 
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Command #19 - Apply Yourself To Think, Learn, Understand

September 7, 2017

One of the fascinating exchanges in the New Testament is recounted in the eighth chapter of Mark's gospel. In it we get a picture of Jesus' frustration with the disciples for not applying themselves to understand. To grasp it, we have to remember the storm at sea that took place after the feeding of the five thousand.  

From The Commands by Michael Phillips. Read by Michael Kimball. More information on this and similar writings may be found at Father of the Inklings. Visit Amazon to purchase The Commands and other books by Michael Phillips.
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Eighteen - Feed My Sheep

September 5, 2017

The astonishing news is true!... 

From Jesus an Obedient Son by Michael Phillips. Read by Michael Kimball. More information on this and similar writings may be found at Father of the Inklings. Visit Amazon to purchase Jesus an Obedient Son and other books by Michael Phillips. 
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Command #18 - Be Clear-minded, Thoughtful, Mentally Diligent

August 31, 2017

Ours is a lethally superficial age. In an era of superhuman technological achievement, the facility to think judiciously is on the endangered skills list. Our computerized culture has rendered us dependent on machines to do our thinking for us.  

From The Commands by Michael Phillips. Read by Michael Kimball. More information on this and similar writings may be found at Father of the Inklings. Visit Amazon to purchase The Commands and other books by Michael Phillips.
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Seventeen - A Yet Greater Shock

August 29, 2017

I follow the silent procession to the funeral parlor belonging to a family friend named Joe who has offered its use without charge... 

From Jesus an Obedient Son by Michael Phillips. Read by Michael Kimball. More information on this and similar writings may be found at Father of the Inklings. Visit Amazon to purchase Jesus an Obedient Son and other books by Michael Phillips. 
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Command #17 - Listen Carefully

August 24, 2017

There may be those who wonder, when reading some of the Commands: When did Jesus ever say that? I don't remember reading those words in the New Testament 

From The Commands by Michael Phillips. Read by Michael Kimball. More information on this and similar writings may be found at Father of the Inklings. Visit Amazon to purchase The Commands and other books by Michael Phillips.
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Sixteen - Ultimate Sonship

August 22, 2017

Mortified at what I have done to this one who has given so much, who has given me life itself--denying him when he needed me most, following from a distance, pretending not even to know him--I approach the gruesome scence... 

From Jesus an Obedient Son by Michael Phillips. Read by Michael Kimball. More information on this and similar writings may be found at Father of the Inklings. Visit Amazon to purchase Jesus an Obedient Son and other books by Michael Phillips. 
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