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The Christian and Lust - Matthew 5:27-30

This past year, Tom Magliozzi of Car Talk fame passed away (Nov. 3, 2014).Although the Magliozzi brothers stopped airing new shows back in 2012, Tom’s passing sounds the end of an era.I used to really enjoy listening to their radio show on Saturday mornings on the NPR station in which they would give advice – often really funny advice – to callers who were having problems with their cars.I’ll never forget one show in particular.As far as I can remember it, here’s how the call went.A young lady called in about her father’s car that had died years ago – and as the call progressed, it became obvious that she wanted to know if she was the one responsible for that.You see, she had taken her father’s car on a road trip, and during the trip the check engine light came on.Since the car still seemed to be working, she just ignored it.Later, when sounds began to emerge from the engine, she decided she would fix the problem by putting some tape over the light so it wouldn’t bother her anymore.Sh…

The Christian and Anger - Matthew 5:21-26

Must those who belong to Christ also follow him?The key word in that question is the word must.One might get the impression from certain Christian circles that it is indeed possible to have all the privileges of belonging to Christ without the responsibilities involved in following him.But Jesus does not allow such an eventuality.For he has already told us, “Except your righteousness shall exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter the kingdom of heaven" (ver. 20).That’s an amazing statement because the Pharisees were known as the righteous people par excellence.Paul, speaking of his pre-Christian days, describes himself in this way: “as touching the law, a Pharisee . . . touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless” (Phil. 3:5-6).Jesus is saying that anyone who belongs to him must follow him in such a way that his righteousness goes beyond even this.

But how is that possible?I mean, after all, Paul described himself as “blameless.”It doesn’t…