Command #25 - Give To the Poor

October 19, 2017

Observe how much of Jesus' time was spent among the infirm, sick, destitute, crippled, blind, and demon-possessed.  

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-four - An Upside-down World

October 17, 2017

For those, perhaps few in number, who do respond to that call, who obey that summons, FOLLOW ME, Jesus will begin to teach many things about life as His follower in God's Kingdom... 

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 #24 - Care For the Suffering

October 12, 2017

Imbalance has always been the Achilles heel of Christianity. It might truly be said that imbalance in following the Commands of Jesus is responsible for the greater share of the unbelief in the world. Does anyone doubt that if every Command of Jesus had been sacrificially lived by his followers, not only would the world have been largely converted to Christianity, life would be a good and pleasant thing for most of its inhabitants. There is enough food, enough water, enough provision, enough happiness, enough love for all.  

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-three - A Cluster at Life’s Intersection

October 10, 2017

In considering the question at the first crossroad, I find the woman at the well of John 4 fascinating... 

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 #23 - Follow Me

October 5, 2017

The first command Jesus issued specifically to his disciples is found in a simple but life-altering challenge: Follow Me 

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-two - The Signposts at Crossroad One

October 3, 2017

Everyone first encounters Jesus more or less as a stranger... 

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 #22 - Give When Asked and Do More Than Required

September 28, 2017

Most are familiar with the tradition behind Jesus' words in the above passage. Many sermon illustrations have explained the right of Roman soldiers in Palestine to compel any citizen to carry their equipment for a mile. To enforce the practicality of the life he would have his hearers lead, Jesus said to carry the burden two miles instead.  

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-one - To Whom Did Jesus Come?

September 26, 2017

When Jesus came to the world, he did not come to the impersonal masses. He came to individuals...to me...to you. 

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 #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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