What makes Jesus so different? Moreover, what makes him any better?Jesus did not just do unconventional things and say inspiring things, he said downright crazy things.
What do you consider to be the least useful book in the Bible? Might it be the same one as the least read? Is that the case for you?
The psalm can have a good application to us who are used to serving the Lord in specific ways and with well-defined gifts.
“Look at that gorgeous Geranium!” I exclaimed this morning, as my beloved Yard Boy and I walked through the garden.“It’s a daffodil, sweetheart. Why are you calling a geranium?” he asked.
What does it mean to receive Christ? It means to receive his messengers who bring his Good News. The real ones, as distinguished from false teachers, bring a vigorous message of conversion. It means (1) hearing; (2) turning; (3) changing; (4) serving; and (5) waiting:
Every age of humanity has been infused with problems and troubles. Our age is certainly no exception. In the midst of our problems, troubles, anxieties, and frustrations let us turn to God and rely on Him. In His word, the Bible, He offers us hope and comfort. Reflect deeply on the following words of scripture.
“Two things you need to carry with you all your life: God is, and God loves you. No matter where you are or what you are doing, these two things will always remain true.” This was advice I gave my oldest two weeks ago in some precious one-on-one time. He repeated it back to me today without prompt, and told me he was trying to work to remember it.
It is impossible to see without light and is why car makers install headlights and tail lights on cars, trucks, and boats. It is impossible to see spiritually without light. Jesus taught truth so people could see spiritually.
As I write this I am halfway through a two-week-long self-quarantine due to having traveled back to the U.S. from Asia and because of the rapid spread of the Corona Virus or Covid-19.
With Jesus, it is not just say a little prayer and you will be all right; then go your merry way. No, with Jesus, we must continue to listen to what he says and practice it. It is a never-ending commitment to follow in his steps.
I like informality. I love working from my home office in flip-flops and bermudas. Ceremony is not my bailiwick. Most people today are non-traditional as well. The laid-back approach has won the day in our time.
To see the first and last times that a word occurs in the Bible can often produce interesting observations. This, of course, is pretty much an English exercise for most people.
Where is my heart’s desire? Where do I prefer to spend my time? Do I prefer spending it with God and his people? Do I make time for God in my life daily or do I grudgingly spend time in prayer and reading his word?
What would you do if you were alone in what you believed? The question is not, “What would you do while in the minority?” We all find ourselves there. Rather, what would you do if you were isolated, abandoned by others, alone? Would you give in? Or would you stand up? Perhaps it is this exercise that shows us whether ours is a stance of conviction or convenience.
The church is the dwelling place of God today. The church is not a physical building. It is a spiritual building where the saints abide in Christ and where God is present.