I Wish Jesus Hadn't Said That

In this 10 week series, Bob Disher and SMC's teaching team tackle some of the hard sayings of Jesus from the gospels.  The goal of this series is to shed light and application on how these difficult passages/sayings are for our encouragement, not our confusion.

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One-Way Ticket (Part 1) Bob Disher 06/29/2014 Watch Listen

I got whatever I wanted and did whatever made me happy.

Ecclesiastes 2: 10 (CEV)



Then I thought about everything I had done, including the hard work, and it was simply chasing the wind.

Ecclesiastes 2: 11 (CEV)



Jesus said, “If anyone comes to me but loves his father, mother, wife, children, brothers, or sisters — or even life — more than me, he cannot be my follower.”

Luke 14: 26 (NCV)



Jesus said, "Don't let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God, and trust in me.  There are many rooms in my Father's house; I would not tell you this if it were not true.  I am going there to prepare a place for you.  When everything is ready I’ll come and get you so that you can be where I am.”

John 14: 1-3 (NCV)



Thomas said to Him, "No, we don't know, Lord," Thomas said. "We haven't any idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

John 14:5 (NLT)



Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.”

John 14: 6 (NIV)



Jesus said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  The only way to the Father is through me.”

John 14: 6 (NCV)



Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Acts 2: 21 (NLT)



For God wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.

1 Timothy 2: 4 (NLT)



Jesus said, “Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come so that the house will be full.”

Luke 14: 23 (NLT)



Because of what Jesus said, many of his disciples turned their backs on him and stopped following him.

John 6: 66 (CEV)



Lord, to whom would we go?  You alone have the words that give eternal life.  We believe them, and we know you are the Holy One of God.

John 6: 68-69 (NLT)

What Do You Mean I'm Not Free (Part 2) Ben Bishop 07/06/2014 Watch Listen

“Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God…You’ve had a taste of God…drink deep of God’s pure kindness.” 1 Peter 1:18, 2:2 (The Message)


“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me…to proclaim release to the captives…to let the oppressed go free.” Luke 4:18 (NRSV)




Picture of Iwo Jim Memorial


Picture of Tapestry, “Christ Rising from the Sands of Iwo Jima.


“If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36 (NIV)


“You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31 & 32 (NLT)


“But we are descendants of Abraham…We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, ‘You will be set free’?” To this Jesus replies, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin...If the Son sets you free, you are truly free.” John 8:33, 34, & 36 (NLT)


“Your father Abraham rejoiced as he looked forward to my coming. He saw it and was glad…Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I Am!” John 8:56 & 58 (NLT)


“Everyone who sins is a slave of sin.” John 8:34, (NLT)


“Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.” Galatians 5:1 (NLT)


“It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom.” Galatians 5:13 & 14 (The Message)


“It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.” This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom.” Galatians 5:20 & 21(The Message)


“The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate…There is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin…Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord!” Romans 7:14, 15, 23, 24, & 25 (NLT)


My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness…Why don’t you choose to be led by the Spirit?” Galatians 5:16-18 (The Message)

Go and Make Disciples (Part 3) Fil Anderson 07/13/2014 Watch Listen

I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

Matthew 28:18-20 (NLT) 


The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.


Matthew 13:44 (NLT)



Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls.  When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it! 

Matthew 13:45-46 (NLT)




I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. 

John 15:9 (TM)

Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age. 

Matthew 28:18-20 (TM)

To Whom Much Has Been Given, Much is Required (Part 4) Angela Presley 07/20/2014 Watch Listen


 …Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required. (Luke 12:48, ESV)



PARABLE: a short allegorical story designed to illustrate or teach some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson



The disciples of Jesus came to him and asked, “Why do you use parables when you talk to the people?”



11 He replied, (I speak in parables because I want you to) “… understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not (permitted to do so).  12 To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. 13 That is why I use these parables,

For they look, but they don’t really see.
They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand. (Mat 13:9-13, NLT) 



The Parable of the Talents   | Matthew 25:14-30 (ESV)


14 “For it (the kingdom of heaven) will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.



16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. 

19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 


20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much (put you in charge of many things). Enter into the joy of your master.’ 


22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 


24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 



26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful (lazy) servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 



28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’



48  …Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more. (Luke 12:48)



There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. (1 Cor. 12:4-6, NIV)






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[Romans 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 1 Corinthians 12:27-30; Ephesians 4:7-12]


This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. (1 Corinthians 4:1-2, NIV)


Fear does not come from God.


For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7  (NLT)


There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18 (NIV)


So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)


“Never choose to be a worker for God, but once God has placed His hand on your life, woe to you if you turn aside to the right hand or to the left (Deut. 5:32). We are not here to work for God because we have chosen to do so, but because God has laid hold of us. And once He has done so, we are never to have this thought, ‘well, I’m really not suited for this.’”  [Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest]


For we are God’s handiwork (craftsmanship), created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  (Ephesians 2:10, NIV)



May you walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, pleasing Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. (Colossians 1:10, NASB)

Be Ready (Part 5) Jarm Turner 07/27/2014 Watch Listen


“Indeed, all of this touches upon a general human need, built into our nature as intelligent, active beings. What will become of our universe? What will become of the human race, and each of us individually? We ask these questions as naturally as we breathe. Human life and consciousness requires, by its very nature, a projected future. And everyone is deeply concerned to know what that future is.” Dallas Willard – The Divine Conspiracy. P.376


34 “Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, 35 like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth. 36 Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:34-36


Some of his disciples began talking about the majestic stonework of the Temple and the memorial decorations on the walls. But Jesus said, “The time is coming when all these things will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!”

Luke 21:5,6 


Later, Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives. His disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world?” Matthew 24:3


Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.

“Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers. 10 And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. 11 And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. 12 Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come. Matthew 24:4-14 (NLT)


30-31 “Then, the Arrival of the Son of Man! It will fill the skies—no one will miss it. Unready people all over the world, outsiders to the splendor and power, will raise a huge lament as they watch the Son of Man blazing out of heaven. At that same moment, he’ll dispatch his angels with a trumpet-blast summons, pulling in God’s chosen from the four winds, from pole to pole.

36 “But the exact day and hour? No one knows that, not even heaven’s angels, not even the Son. Only the Father knows.

37-39 “The Arrival of the Son of Man will take place in times like Noah’s. Before the great flood everyone was carrying on as usual, having a good time right up to the day Noah boarded the ark. They knew nothing—until the flood hit and swept everything away.

39-44 “The Son of Man’s Arrival will be like that: Two men will be working in the field—one will be taken, one left behind; two women will be grinding at the mill—one will be taken, one left behind. So stay awake, alert. You have no idea what day your Master will show up. But you do know this: You know that if the homeowner had known what time of night the burglar would arrive, he would have been there with his dogs to prevent the break-in. Be vigilant just like that. You have no idea when the Son of Man is going to show up. Matthew 24:30-44 (MSG)


8-9 Don’t overlook the obvious here, friends. With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day. God isn’t late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change.

2 Peter 3:8-9 (MSG)


20-21 But there’s far more to life for us. We’re citizens of high heaven! We’re waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like his own. He’ll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it should be, under and around him. Phil. 3:20-21 (MSG)

Blessed When You Are What? (Part 6) Jeromy Acton 08/03/2014 Watch Listen

Q: What is the Kingdom of Heaven?  God’s ___- _________    __________,  


     made visible in _________.



Matthew 5:1-12 (KJV) 

1-2 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:  And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, 


3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 

5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 

6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: 

      for they shall be filled. 

7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 

8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 

9 Blessed are the peacemakers: 

      for they shall be called the children of God. 

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: 

      for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

11-12 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, 

      and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 

      Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: 

      for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.



a) God’s reality brings real and lasting ____________________. 





          b) God’s reality is not ___________, but also not ____________. 




 Matthew 5:1-12 (NLT)                               

1-2 One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him,  and he began to teach them. 


3 “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, 

    for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

4 God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

5 God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.

6 God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.

7 God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

8 God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.

9 God blesses those who work for peace, 

   for they will be called the children of God.

10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right,    

      for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

11-12 God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you 

and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you 

are my followers.  Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward 

awaits you in heaven.  And remember, the ancient prophets were 

persecuted in the same way.”



c) God’s reality is for "___________________________________.” 




d) God’s reality does not fear the __________________________.


Stones and Water (Part 7) Joanne Soliday 08/10/2014 Watch Listen

“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. 2 For you will be treated as you treat others.* The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.* 

3 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye* when you have a log in your own? 4 How can you think of saying to your friend,* ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye. 

Matthew  7:1–6  NLV



Parable of the Lost Son

11 To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons. 12 The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons. 

13 “A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. 14 About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. 15 He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. 16 The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything. 

17 “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! 18 I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, 19 and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.” ’ 

20 “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. 21 His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.*’ 

22 “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. 23 And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, 24 for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began. 

25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the fields working. When he returned home, he heard music and dancing in the house, 26 and he asked one of the servants what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother is back,’ he was told, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf. We are celebrating because of his safe return.’ 

28 “The older brother was angry and wouldn’t go in. His father came out and begged him, 29 but he replied, ‘All these years I’ve slaved for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to. And in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends. 30 Yet when this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the fattened calf!’ 

31 “His father said to him, ‘Look, dear son, you have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours. 32 We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!’ ”

Luke 15:11-31  NLV



A Woman Caught in Adultery

Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, 2 but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. 3 As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd. 

4 “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” 

6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust. 

9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” 

11 “No, Lord,” she said. 

And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” 

John 8:1-11 NLV



Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer* is overcome by some sin, you who are godly* should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.

Galatians 6:1 NLV



43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity*—47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

Acts 2:43-47



16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. 

come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.*”

John 3:16’



17 Then he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. Then he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. 18 For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come.” 

19 He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” 

20 After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.

Luke 22: 17-20

Deny Yourself and Take Up Your Cross (Part 8) Tim Riddle 08/17/2014 Watch Listen

Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”

Mark 8: 27 (NIV)


They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”

Mark 8: 28 (NIV)


“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”  Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”

Mark 8: 29 (NIV)


 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.

Mark 8:30 (NIV)


 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.

Mark 8:31 (NIV)


He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.

Mark 8: 32 (NIV)


But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

Mark 8:33 (NIV)


Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

Mark 8: 34 (NIV)


For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.  What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?  Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?

Mark 8: 35 - 37 (NIV)

Cleaving is More Fun Than Leaving (Part 9) Eric Disher 08/24/2014 Watch Listen Downloads
Hell Yes! Bob Disher 08/31/2014 Watch Listen

Jesus said, “This kingdom of heaven is like a net that was put into the lake and caught many different kinds of fish.  When it was full, the fishermen pulled the net to the shore.  They sat down and put all the good fish in baskets and threw away the bad fish.  It will be this way at the end of the world.  The angels will come and separate the evil people into the blazing furnace, where people will cry and grind their teeth with pain.”  Jesus asked his followers, “Do you understand all these things?

Matthew 13:47-51 (NCV)



Jesus said, “That is the way it will be at the end of the world.  The angels will come and separate the wicked people from the righteous … there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  Do you understand all these things?”  “Yes, we do.”

Matthew 13: 49-51 (NLT)



If you worship the beast and the idol and accept the mark of its name, you will be tortured day and night.  The smoke from your torture will go up forever and ever, and you will never be able to rest.

Revelation 14: 11 (CEV)



“Father, have mercy on me!  Send Lazarus to dip his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am suffering in this fire!”

Luke 16: 24 (NCV)



“Please send someone to my father’s house.  I have five brothers, and somebody could warn them so that they will not come to this place of pain.”

Luke 16: 27-28 (NCV)



God will come with his mighty angels, in flaming fire, bringing judgment on those who don’t know God and on those who refuse to obey the Good News of our Lord Jesus.  They will be punished with eternal destruction, forever separated from the Lord and from his glorious power.

2 Thessalonians 1: 7-9 (NLT)



Jesus said, “People loved the darkness rather than the light because their actions were evil.”

John 3:19 (GW)



The Lord isn’t slow to do what he promised, as some people think.  He is patient for your sake.  He doesn’t want anyone to be lost but wants all people to have an opportunity to turn to him and change the way they think and act.

2 Peter 3: 9 (GW)



God wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.

1 Timothy 2: 4 (NLT)



Jesus said, “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it.  There is no judgment awaiting those who trust him.”

John 3: 17 (NLT)



Jesus said, “It will be this way at the end of the world.  The angels will come and separate the evil people from the good people.”

Matthew 13: 49 (NCV)



If you belong to Christ Jesus, you won’t be punished.

Romans 8: 1 (CEV)



Jesus said, “Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full.”

Luke 14: 23 (NLT)



This same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious abundance.

Philippians 4: 19 (TVT)



Everything good comes from God.  Every perfect gift is from him.  These good gifts come down from the Father …

James 1: 17 (ERV)


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