God loves you! He loves every part of you! God loves your indecisiveness, your ability to smell coffee two floors up and your quick smile. He loves you grow herbs from seed and your left eye brow is slightly higher than your right. He also loves you help your mother find her favorite lost purse without ever complaining, because you know dementia is setting in.
But do you really understand the depth of His love? Continue reading
After Jesus Christ resurrected, the new church was quick to expand. His new followers called Christians, had the mission of spreading the Good News: Jesus has authority over death! Their greeting to each other reflected this truth.
When two Christians would meet, one would say: “He is risen.” The other would respond with: “He is risen, indeed!” Today, that exchange is often repeated by pastor and congregation in church services throughout the world. What a beautiful public acknowledgment demonstrating we believe in the hope Jesus promises. Continue reading
Baptism is an outward proclamation of inwardly repenting sin. The symbolism represents our sin washed clean by water; though baptism was not new to the Jewish nation. Levite priests were commanded to practice the act of cleansing themselves with water before carrying out their priestly duties.
The Bible’s famous baptist, John the Baptist (son of Zechariah), was known for his unconventional ways. He wore clothing made of camel’s hair and leather, and consumed a unique diet of locust with wild honey. This wilderness man also preached an aggressive message which included baptism of repentance for forgiveness of sins. Continue reading
Only God knows what is deep inside each one of us. He knows the direction of our hearts when we think, speak and act. I may demonstrate the action of a good deed simply because that is what is expected of me. But God, my Creator, knows me inside and out. So He knows if on certain occasions my conduct looks genuine on the outside but is false on the inside.
God can not be fooled by kind actions or positive words which try to cover up misdirected hearts and unrighteous thoughts. Continue reading
Do you ever feel like you live in constant battle with temptation? As though there simply is no other choice but to give in to: immoral conduct, the determination to argue, the desire to get even, getting drunk, the impulse to take God’s name in vain, smoking, the craving to over eat, the eagerness to act selfishly? The list goes on…
Each of us has a different life story, which in turn creates individual situations for temptation. However, mentally we still go through the same process. “Should I or shouldn’t I?”, followed by the pros and cons of what happens if I do or I don’t. Continue reading
Post #17 – As Reported From The Book Of Luke
Today’s post concludes the seventeen week report on the book of Luke. How appropriate to end this account on the day before Good Friday as Christians around the globe contemplate the love Jesus offers as He hangs on The Cross. His sacrificial ending on earth offers us life never ending in heaven.
BREAKING — Amid the Passover celebrations in Jerusalem, it has been confirmed the well known local teacher, Jesus, fellowshipped with His chosen group of Twelve for the traditional Passover meal. It was during this meal that the Son of Man initiated the Lord’s Supper. Continue reading
Post #15 – As Reported From The Book Of Luke
BREAKING — Today Jesus again reveals His upcoming death to His disciples (for the third time, as reported by Dr. Luke). In His own words, our Savior of the world took the twelve men closest to Him here on earth and proclaimed to them the imminent demise of His earthly body.
However, still following there blank pattern of understanding, the Twelve do not know what Jesus is talking about when He offers them this prophecy, Continue reading
Post #14 – As Reported From The Book Of Luke
BREAKING — Today, Jesus the Son of God shared two notable instructions of wisdom exclusive only to the book of Luke, pertaining to the importance of constant communications (prayer) with the Father and regarding how this action should properly be carried out.
The former involves a persistent widow who incessantly came before an unjust judge, pleading with him to grant her justice before her adversary. Continue reading
Post #13 – As Reported From The Book Of Luke
BREAKING — Today, as reported exclusively by Dr. Luke, Jesus the teacher moved forward sharing more truths of God through parables to his disciples. The topic – Money! One notable story describes a manager accused of wasting his rich boss’ money.
Fearing for his future wellbeing, while knowing he is about to be fired, the shrewd manager made deals with his master’s debtors. He carried out this act selfishly so as to be welcomed into the defaulters’ homes upon his own imminent unemployment. Continue reading
Post #12 – As Reported From The Book Of Luke
BREAKING — Another report of The Healer healing on the Sabbath has been confirmed! Responding to the invitation from a prominent Pharisee to visit his home, Jesus of Nazareth, knowing full well the Pharisee’s kind gesture was a front for an opportunity to trap Jesus in wrongdoing, purposefully healed a man with swelling in his body.
Jesus The Healer – Teacher – Son of Man, is not one to be intimidated! Continue reading