Month: June 2018

Getting Better

We are not on a quest in life to become good. By His Spirit, Jesus makes us good (Galatians 5:22-23). The path we are on is one of learning how to let that goodness influence the ways we respond to dangers and opportunities. We are on a path of life, not to life: You reveal […]

Membership

Membership at the Y means you pay your dues and get your card. You never have to show up to exercise or swim. Membership at the local Baptist congregation means you got baptized or brought a letter as evidence that you were baptized already. Walk down front and ask to join. The Presbyterians vote on […]

Seeing or Discerning

Can you see angels? How about demons? If not, how do you discern whether ideas that come to you about how to respond to situations have come from good or evil sources? Unless you have come to be so in tune with the voice of the Shepherd that you hear all that He says and […]

Seeking Blessing

We are more likely to ask Yahweh to bless what we invented than we are to look for what He invented and do what we can to bless it. Abraham had received promises that Sarah would bear a son to him. The idea was pretty crazy, based on their ages and the fact that she […]

Slain Long Ago

Jesus was slain from the foundation of the earth (Revelation 13:8). If Jesus, while He was 2 years old, had been killed by Herod when he tried, His blood would still have been effective at paying for the sin of the world. Yahweh was merciful, and spared Him to a fullness of time – when […]

Where To Go To Worship

Where should we worship this Sunday? “Sir,” the woman replied, “I see that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, yet you Jews say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem.” Jesus told her, “Believe Me, woman, an hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain […]

In the World on Purpose

For a few centuries, we have been confused about what “holy” means. Most of the people who have anything to say about the subject are offering their version of what rules it means keeping. What Yahweh means by the idea is “set apart.” The three parts of what it implies are 1) the item or […]

Obedience and the Kingdom

Entering the Kingdom is not going to heaven. It is stepping into the place of the authority of Jesus, and obeying His instruction and command in that place. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven. […]

The Best Prayers

There may be no greater prayers than, “Lord, teach us to pray,” and “Lord, teach us to listen,” and “Lord, teach us to obey.” […]

God’s Riches in Glory

What Paul wrote to the congregations in Philippi was a letter to people he loved, encouraging and thanking them for their increasing love for him and the rest of the Church. He shared with them some of his prayers for them. He also prophesied a blessing over them, blessing them in response to the fact […]

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