Category: Discipleship

Emerson on Courage

Ralph Waldo Emerson said: Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some […]

What Jesus Did and Taught

Luke started his journal of the Acts of the Apostles referring to the things Jesus did and taught. I think it is note worthy that He did, then He taught. Frequently He sent His disciples out to do supernatural work. When they failed or became confused, He then taught. Even when they were on a […]

Credible Witness

In order to advance in our level of faith, or of commitment, or understanding, etc, we frequently need to have the input of what I call a “credible witness.” Credible means believable, or worthy of being believed. Incredible means not believable, or not worthy of being trusted. When we see someone we trust standing further […]

Valuing Your Inheritance

Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: no sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, revilers, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom. Some of you were like this; but you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name […]

Followers of the Way

Being a Believer in Jesus, a follower of Jesus, involves me in a WAY of doing things, a WAY of valuing relationships, a WAY of Life. In Ephesians 4, Paul wrote prophetically about a time of maturity in the Body when every joint is supplying what it should to the Body, and therefore we are […]

Having a Choice

Benjamin Franklin is quoted as having said: A man convinced against his will Is of the same opinion, still. Having freedom doesn’t mean you only get to do what your flesh thinks is best, or not having anyone tell you what to do. It means having a choice. Your “yes” is meaningless if you could […]

Being Loved

When the hemorrhaging woman mentioned by Mark in chapter 5 of his gospel record touched the hem of the clothing of Jesus, she was not reaching out to Jesus, but through Jesus. She did not have a clear theology regarding His Kingdom or His salvation or of His divinity. She did, though, recognize Him as […]

Choose a Future

There is a future that is worth great sacrifice to obtain it. There is a way of living that sacrifices having a great future. We make choices regarding which sacrifices we will suffer with almost every breath. Choose the future that matches what Jesus already sacrificed. He did that to make an awesome future possible […]

Where’s That?

I am working on a paper that I think will be titled “How to Use the Bible.” The chapter I just finished doing the research for is maybe going to be titled “The Value of Context.” Through the years of being me, I have frequently been asked, “Where’s that in the Bible?” That’s a valid question […]

Surrendered

There are times when, tired of fighting, or fearing, or suffering pain or insult or accusation, we just would like to see the end of the story. When fighting a cancer, or an antagonist, or any other enemy, we seem sometimes to simply be losing the battle. Especially on the days when our advisers seem […]

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