Strangers and enemies don’t come naturally. In a familiar passage from Mark’s gospel, Jesus gets asked what matters most. Embroiled in a cauldron of theological unrest over taxes and what happens after we die, Jesus impressed with agile wisdom. An Old Testament Law professor, overhearing, interjected his own question: “Of all the commandments, which is most important?” (Mark 12:28). There were over 600 commandments in Old Testament Law, the Torah, addressing practically every aspect of Jewish life. Earnest followers of God wanting to live morally had a hard time keeping track. Distill it down for us, will you? Typically with…

“Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10 (NASB) An idea occurred to me as I drove to Northern Ontario, Canada to help my sister and brother-in-law operate their fishing resort. They obviously knew a lot more about how to run one than I did. How could I be of the greatest benefit and not a hindrance during my two week visit? I settled on a simple plan. Each day I would make it my goal to serve them by asking, “So what would you like me to do today.” Their wish…