When Jesus made his triumphant entry into Jerusalem around Passover and his crucifiction, the followers greeted and celebrated, Hossana in the highest...Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord. When we first came to the Lord did not we felt that way. What a wonderful deliverance from heaven. In the parable of the sower, the seeds that fell into the stony ground are those that rejoice at the word and salvation. But when tribulation comes we shrivel, like the shriveled fig plant, all leaves but no fruit. So later the crowd who welcomed him and could have given their coats, now shouted, "...away with him...crucify him!..." If we come to the knowledge of the truth and if we willfully sin we crucify the Son afresh. Hebrews. Perhaps you are in your second divorce and third marriage. I want to tell you what the bible calles one who divorces his wife and marries another. But this blog is not about you. Everyone will have to give account of himself, herself before God. What about him that would not sell everything he has and give it to the poor. I haven't done that. I have to give account of myself the same. So what do we do with the word of God that puts us in the 'poor house'? Well the fact of the matter that nobody has anything to boast about. If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing he decieves himself, Paul. I haven't been able to muster the will-power and courage to gourge out my right sinful eye. I just haven't been able to muster up the faith. Yet perhaps, that's why Jesus made his triumphant entry mounted in little, humble, but unclean animal by biblical standards. He didn't come in a triumphant white stallion like a warrior, though he was. Paul said that we are treasure in earthen vessles, clay pots, fragile easily toppled, so the glory is all to God who indeed is able to conquer in his own time and method. Jesus said that if your enemy is to great, to send a delegation ahead of time to draw out the terms of peace with that situation. Jesus said plainly that if you don't judge anyone you yourself won't be judged. So let's have peace and stop judging others and outright forgive them. Believe me there will come a time in you walk when you begin to realize that you won't be able to conquer like you thought. Even if you have only one wife, you have to give her up and follow Jesus. Even if you thought this was impressive devotion. Jesus that those that think that they are first to do such things will be last in the kingdom. You have to figure out a way to preach the gospel and take care of you family. You be surprise to find what of the two brings more glory to God, my preaching or my example! God doesn't take pleasure in sacrifices but in mercy. It's going to be a miracle to preach the gospel and take care of your family. That's the narrow gate and road and there are few that find it and go through it. The message is not about what YOU can do, but that you PRAY that God's name be honored in your life and to futher his kingdom and to do his will on earth as it is in heaven. Not widstanding judgement is without mercy for those who have not shown mercy and mercy triumphs over judgement. James. May you be blessed and may God have all the praise and all the glory. Amen.