Tag: Hard Sayings Series

Cal Krahn
Cal Krahn
September 4, 2016

Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me

Hard Sayings of Jesus Series 9

Jesus said to be His disciples we must deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him. Denying ourselves is hard enough, but taking up a cross (a tool of execution) is an invitation to death—death to self. Jesus calls us to a life commitment that puts Him first.
[Matthew 16:24]

Jeff Bjorgan
Jeff Bjorgan
August 28, 2016

He Made the Deaf and the Blind

Hard Sayings of Jesus Series 8

Did God really say that he created the deaf and blind? What did He mean when he said that to Moses? Does this relate to the blind man that Jesus healed in John?  We examine the ways that God takes responsibility for His creation, including the broken.
[John 3:1-9; Exodus 4:11]

Jeff Bjorgan
Jeff Bjorgan
August 14, 2016

Fear Him Who Can Throw You Into Hell

Hard Sayings of Jesus Series 7

Have you ever been scared of God? Did Jesus really say we should fear the one who has authority to throw us into hell? We explore what Jesus really had in mind when it came to persecution, death, hell, and the trustworthiness of God.
[Luke 12:4-7; Matthew 10:21-22; 2 Timothy 4:18]

Cal Krahn
Cal Krahn
August 7, 2016

You Will Always Have the Poor

Hard Sayings of Jesus Series 6

Did Jesus really say that we would always have the poor with us? Yes, but not as an excuse to avoid helping the poor. Jesus calls us to generously give to the poor and to extravagantly love God. In fact, helping the needy is an expression of love to God.
[John 12:1-8; Deuteronomy 15:7-11; Matthew 25:40]

Jeff Bjorgan
Jeff Bjorgan
July 31, 2016

Pluck Out Your Eye

Hard Sayings of Jesus Series 5

Jesus used severe language when discussing our approach to sin. Did he really want us to physically remove the body part that led us astray? Jesus is suggesting something more profound: a radical response to God’s commands as they relate to our hearts.
[Matthew 5: 27-30; Matthew 18:6-9; Mark 9:42-48]

Cal Krahn
Cal Krahn
July 24, 2016

Jesus Came to Bring a Sword

Hard Sayings of Jesus Series 4

Did Jesus really say, “I came not to bring peace, but the sword.” Yes, but context is key. Jesus doesn’t want violence or division, but not everyone wants to follow Jesus. This is the Jesus effect: we either follow him or reject him. There is no middle ground.
[Matthew 10:34; Romans 12:18]

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