Command #110 - Be Wise As Snakes and Innocent As Doves

January 29, 2016

Here we encounter another of Jesus' well-known Commands. The parallel with snakes, however, is troublesome because we usually associate snakes with evil. 

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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Command #109 - Wash One Another’s Feet

January 27, 2016

The ongoing debate between how "literal" one is to take the accounts and Commands of the Bible is filled with pomposity, self-righteousness, and thorough inconsistency on all sides. 

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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Command #108 - Do Not Test the Lord

January 25, 2016

Back in the Jesus Movement days of the 1970s, putting out fleeces before the Lord, according to the example of Gideon in Judges 6, was a popular method of determining God's will. 

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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Command #107 - Don’t Cast Your Pearls Before Swine

January 22, 2016

We have already spoken of those few Commands too specific and unclear of meaning to be grouped with others. Near the top of the list are surely, Have salt in yourselves and, Don't cast your pearls before swine

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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Command #106 - Do Not Follow the Example of Those Who Preach But Do Not Practice

January 19, 2016

The proverb "practice what you preach" is so common in everyday parlance that most probably do not realize that it was Jesus who coined the phrase. 

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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Command #105 - Teach the Nations to Obey What I Have Commanded

January 18, 2016

The Great Commission of Jesus in Matthew 28 is surely one of the most well-known, important, and yet misunderstood and misapplied passages in the Bible. 

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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Command #104 - Do Not Lead Others Into Sin

January 15, 2016

It is a sobering truth to realize that in God's eyes causing another to sin may be more serious than sinning ourselves. 

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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Command #103 - Don’t Resist Evil Men

January 13, 2016

The command to "turn the other cheek," which we considered earlier as Let people injure you without retaliating, is actually a two-part command. 

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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Command #102 - Give Up Everything

January 11, 2016

All the Commands are subject to misunderstanding, overemphasis, and underemphasis. The Commands of Jesus can be taken so out of context and misapplied, that they can even become false gods and idols that blind vision from the true nature of the Commands. 

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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Command #101 - Be Glad in All Circumstances

January 8, 2016

As we have noted before, many of Jesus' specific words must be broadened to incorporate the fullness of what he intended as Commands of obedience upon 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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