Some people find it surprising that God has never requested blind trust. Rather, God has consistently provided good reason to believe and to obey prior to asking anything from us. Continue reading “God never requested a blind leap of faith”
In the story of the Emperor’s New Clothes, a young child exclaimed what everyone else in the crowd was thinking, “the king isn’t wearing anything at all!” Similarly, I have to believe that in spite of an apparent silence, many people perceive how Christian leaders struggle with profound spiritual temptations when they pursue leaving a legacy.
Whether it be a business, the university, the church or simply managing our own homes, a problem arises with legacy building and just about everything else. Matters of the heart will steer our course. When someone is in a leadership position, the consequences become amplified.
If we wish to know how to respond to Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we need to look at stories where Christians taught non-Christians how to respond to Jesus. We should not expect letters written to Christians and which address concerns of the church to communicate what a non-Christian needs to know in order to become a disciple. Continue reading “Good news: how we can receive Jesus”
Jesus announced he came to enable us to have an abundant life (John 10:10). He described the purpose of his life as seeking out people who need help and saving them (Luke 19:10). Here are some of the ways Jesus makes a difference for our lives. Continue reading “Good news: what Jesus can do for our lives”
Jesus was not just another rabbi, religious guru, or moralistic prophet. Jesus’ story is the story of how God was at work to help us. Continue reading “Good news: God was at work through Jesus”
The letter of 1 Peter reminds us God has provided us with new lives filled with hope and characterized by our souls being cleansed. Yet, the new birth is not just about what we receive. In the ancient world and within the New Testament, it was understood that progeny exhibit the qualities of their parents. God expects particular behaviors from us. Continue reading “The new birth calls us to action”
The letter of 1 Peter reminds God’s people how God has enabled us to have a new life and what we can expect from this new beginning. While its opening verses reveal that the new beginning God provides enables us to have hope for tomorrow, when we step further into the letter we discover that it also transforms who we are today! Continue reading “The God of new beginnings: the new birth’s cleansing”
As they opened their front door, immediately their eyes fell upon the shattered vase on the floor. The babysitter was sleeping soundly upon the sofa. One of their two young boys greeted them with, “the dog broke it.” At that moment their other son was nowhere to be seen.
Like most parents, an innate detective gear kicked into action. The dog was still in his doghouse in the backyard. In spite of the rain, no muddy dog prints were on the kitchen tiles. The babysitter had slept through the crash and could offer no insight.
Explanatory stories are powerful. Explanations answering “why” empower attitudes and action. Accurate explanations point us in the right direction! Continue reading “Inventing the reason why: Galatians 3:28”
We are all broken. We all need a fresh start. Through Christ, God delivers.
The letter of 1 Peter, which some have termed a handbook for new Christians, reminds God’s people how God has enabled us to have a new life and what we can expect from this new beginning. Continue reading “The God of new beginnings: the hope of the new birth”
When it comes to how we live, we tend to either be like thermometers or thermostats. In no ambiguous terms, the New Testament informs us that we should be similar to the latter and not the former. Continue reading “Thermometers or thermostats?”