Taking Up the Cross

And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. (Matthew 10:38) When Jesus says that we must take up our cross and follow him, he is for the first time identifying how he will die. He here predicts He must be crucified, for as was often the way...

Hated for the Name of Jesus?!

…and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.  (Matthew 10:22) Perhaps for too long Christians in the USA have not been hated, at least not apparently.  Generally speaking, followers of Jesus in our country have...

Apostles

The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the...