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This Was Your Life

ThisWasYourLifeI have recently discovered “Chick tracts”  and thought I would share one, or maybe more, with you.  This one, entitled, “This Was Your Life” shows how things might end up for you.  Please take a moment and click on the link, and see what you think of the story.

Here is the link:  http://media.chick.com/tract_1.swf

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February 7, 2016 Posted by | Follow Jesus, Repentance, Salvation, Sinner | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why Was Jesus Born In A Manger?

Why was Jesus born in a stable and placed in a manger?  After all, Jesus, the Son of God, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, the very Word of God and Creator of All Things, deserves better, doesn’t He?  If Jesus was born in a place befitting His place of power and glory, that place would have to be built for Him, because such a place did not even exist in the time of Christ.  Indeed such a place has never existed.

But why a manger?JesusManger

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December 24, 2015 Posted by | Birth of Jesus, Christmas, Christmas Story | , , | Leave a comment

A New Journey – Trusting His Word

I met with an old friend and co-worker today to discuss the possibilities of doing contract work, which is new to me.  Up until now I have only worked full-time.  He was able to share many insights and to get me thinking about thing I have not considered before.  I am sure his comments will be valuable as my job search gets underway in earnest.

 

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August 27, 2014 Posted by | Christian, Faith, God's Grace, God's Word | , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

A New Journey – Tongues, Really?

Holy-Spirit-Fire-in-RedAs I write in this journal, I guess that I should try to define what this journey is all about.  Where is it headed, for instance?

 

But that’s just it, I don’t know exactly where it is headed, but I do know Who is directing it, my Lord, Jesus.  Literally, the only one I would trust with the direction of my life.

 

I see this journey, and what I hope to journal, as being split into two areas.  First, there is the physical aspect, which began last Thursday when I worked my last day on my job and will continue at least until I find other employment or learn of the Lord’s purpose otherwise.  But then there is the spiritual aspect which began earlier, even before my salvation, and will continue until the day I meet the Lord face to face.

 

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August 21, 2014 Posted by | Baptism, Christian, Holy Spirit | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

A New Journey – First Steps

first-stepMy last day of work was Thursday, August 14.

From the time I landed this job, almost exactly four years earlier, I knew that God’s hand was in it.  My wife and I, along with our Church, had been praying for this job for over a year, and when it was offered, the circumstances were such that it was obviously a gift from God.  As it was a gift from my Lord, I remembered to thank Him for it often.

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August 19, 2014 Posted by | Christian, Faith, God's Grace, Godliness | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

A New Journey

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(See journal index at the end of this introductory post)

A little over five years ago I was laid off during the peak of the recession.  I was out of work for sixteen months, finally landing a job in August 2010.

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August 19, 2014 Posted by | Christian, Faith, Godliness | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Let Jesus Be Our Example

Follow JesusI want to share a few brief passages from the New Testament that show how Jesus ought to be the example that we live by.  First Philippians 2:5-8 shows us that as Jesus was radically obedient to the Father, so ought we also be:

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

In 1 John 3:16-18 we see that Jesus showed us love by laying down His life for us, and that we ought also to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters in need.

By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

We also se that it is not enough to give verbal assent to this truth, we need to put it into action.

In 2 Corinthians 8:9-15 we see another example.  In this one we see that Jesus made Himself poor that we might become rich.

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. And in this I give advice: It is to your advantage not only to be doing what you began and were desiring to do a year ago; but now you also must complete the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to desire it, so there also may be a completion out of what you have. For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have. For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened; but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack—that there may be equality. As it is written, “He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack.”

And Paul then applies Jesus’ example to the Corinthian Church, a congregation that was experiencing a time of great abundance, and encouraging them to share their abundance with the poorer Church at Macedonia.

I would like to close with a reiteration of John’s admonition to act in deed and in truth by sharing a passage from James.  In chapter 2 verses 14-17, James shows again how our faith must be more than just verbal assent, it must play out in action as well.  

What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

And James gives another example of a brother or sister in need, and how we, as followers of Jesus, must not simply say that we will pray for that brother or sister, but must also do a concrete action to help alleviate the situation.

It may seem obvious, but following Jesus is more than knowing what Jesus said, it is doing what Jesus does.

May peace go with you.

 

 

April 27, 2014 Posted by | Christian, Discipleship, Faith | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Living A Crucified Life

the-sacrifice-of-isaacWhen God wanted to prove Abraham’s obedience, what did He use?  He used was what most precious to Abraham, his only son, Isaac.

He (God) said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”  Genesis 22:2

God could have asked for 10,000 goats, and Abraham would have complied without so much as blinking an eye.  But God was not after Abraham’s possessions, He was after Abraham’s heart.  And what better way to tell whether Abraham was willing to give his heart to God than by requiring the thing that Abraham loved most?

And since the days of Abraham, nothing has changed.  God still requires the heart of every believer, given to Him without hesitation and without reservation.

Jesus said:

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.”   Luke 14:26

“Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.”  Luke 14:27

“So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.”  Luke 14:33

Jesus is very clear in emphasizing what God wants from us, only now, He does not say that He wants only what is most precious, He wants everything!

Just as with Abraham, God does not expect us to sacrifice all of our possessions and relationships, but also, just as with Abraham, God does expect our willingness to sacrifice everything.  And it is not good enough to just say we are willing, God knows the deepest intentions of our heart.  He knows if we are truly willing, or if our willingness is just so much talk.

Whatever we put before God, whether it is money, or power, or possessions, or relationships, these things are taking the place of God in our hearts, and they become our idols.

But if we are Christ’s,  truly Christ’s, we have crucified the flesh as Paul says:

And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  Galatians 5:24

Having crucified the flesh, all is in subjection to Jesus, our Lord and Master.

January 13, 2014 Posted by | Christian, Faith, Spiritual Commentary | , , , , | 2 Comments