Monsters – Rejection: Authority & Compassion

Matthew 10
Jesus summons twelve of His disciples and gives them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness (10:1) and then gives them instructions as He sends them out to exercise that authority (10:5).  His instructions are very specific and very challenging, instructions that appear, on the face of them, to be foolish.  They are to go to the ‘lost sheep’ of Israel (10:5-6), taking nothing and acquiring nothing as they travel as the worker is worthy of his keep (10-9-10).  They are to be discerning as to who is worthy, staying with those who are and leaving those who aren’t (10:11-15).  Jesus warns them that He is sending them out as ‘sheep in the midst of wolves’ and tells them to be ‘shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves’ and to beware of men as they will hand them over to the courts and scourge them in their synagogues (10:16-17).  “You will be hated by all because of My name…” (10:22), they will be hated because of this authority that they have been given.

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Self Control – Day 5

Move to the Center Radio Program
Host: Bart Wilkins
Guest: Jen Wilkins

Monsters – Loss: Death

Matthew 25:14-30
This has been a sad week for me, one of my uncles died.  He had been battling cancer so we knew it was coming, but it still hurts.  The loss will be felt greatly.  Death is an enemy we all face and the loss it creates is lasting.  All too often fear of that loss can generate unusual reactions from denial it will happen to acting as if the loss will be irrelevant.  Sometimes we see people doing all kinds of crazy things to avoid death often at the insistence of loved ones who are not willing to let go.

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