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
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
In six days, God created the world and all that is in it. Human understanding of six days may be different than six days for our Lord, but time clocks are not the issue.
The first chapter of Genesis states- “And God said,”, nine times. Each time “God said,”, something new was created. By faith this information concludes God to be the most awe-inspiring painter, architect and sculptor ever to design and produce structure. But how does “God said,” generate life? Continue reading
I am blessed with two different joys in life. My first joy – joy in the Lord, is what blesses me with my second joy – Joy, my daughter. Both joys fill my heart with love and thankfulness, but since the former created of the latter, I’ll acknowledge His joy first. 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 #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
(We are half way through reporting the “orderly account” of the gospel Luke. Thank you for following Dr. Luke’s narrative of the life of Christ, as he details the characteristics of our perfect savior.)
Post #11 – As Reported From The Book Of Luke
BREAKING — The Teacher was recently spotted conversing with a man who requested help dividing a family inheritance. It is noted Jesus shows more concern towards the selfish desire of accumulating wealth than the division of it, as represented by His response: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” Continue reading
Post #8 – As Reported From The Book Of Luke
BREAKING — Amid the miracles preformed by the teacher Jesus, it has been confirmed John the baptist just sent two disciples to Jesus with this specific question: “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”
The Son of God’s quoted response is as follows: “…The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”
In conjunction with experts agreeing Jesus’ actions speak for themselves, when the people hear Jesus’ words even tax collectors concur – God’s way is right! Continue reading