Romans 12:1-2 may be the most important passage about living the Christian life. We’re added to the body of Christ (Acts 2:47) as a result of immersion (Romans 6:3-4; Galatians 3:27-28).
We enter a new world where we must see, think, act and react differently to the world around us. Continue reading “Transformed by the gospel”
“If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?” (John 21:23, ESV)
In our house, everyone has chores. With six children still at home, we try to delegate to make it easier on everyone, but it doesn’t always go smoothly. Continue reading “Don’t worry about John”
A moment frozen in time. An expression of exuberance and excitement captured within pixels. From slick magazines to rectangles rendered in millions of colors upon a computer screen, snapshots exist in many forms and we know all about them.
However, there is much more to the snapshot than meets the eye. By its very nature, it must distort, not reflect, reality. Look deeper.
Continue reading “The deceitful snapshot”
History reveals a winnowing of human lives. Throughout history a story continues to unfold about how God has been at work in our world. Some lives are caught up into participating in the greatest, most significant and enduring story of all time. Join the story.
Continue reading “Join the story”
As disciples, we can either promote or hinder God’s objectives. No wonder that Paul prayed for the church to possess a profound insight into understanding God and God’s workings with his people (Ephesians 1:17-19). Continue reading “Preserving God’s work”
Therefore, if you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Keep thinking about things above, not things on the earth, for you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ (who is your life) appears, then you too will be revealed in glory with him. So put to death whatever in your nature belongs to the earth: sexual immorality, impurity, shameful passion, evil desire, and greed which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming on the sons of disobedience. You also lived your lives in this way at one time, when you used to live among them. But now, put off all such things as anger, rage, malice, slander, abusive language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another since you have put off the old man with its practices and have been clothed with the new man that is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of the one who created it. Here there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all and in all. (Colossians 3:1-11 NET)
Can people tell the difference between us, as Christians, and those who are not Christians? Throughout Paul’s letters, one theme frequently occurs: if we are Christians, then we must be different from those who are not. Continue reading “We must change our lives”
When our children were young, we would often travel from Scotland down into England to visit friends. Inevitably, after an hour or so of travelling, one of our children would ask “Are we there yet?” They were tired of travelling and wanted to be able to get out of the car and play with their friends. Continue reading “Are we there yet?”
Without Christ we’re lost in the filth and squalor of sin. Our destinies are doomed without his sacrifice “…for there is no other name under heaven among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12, NKJV).
Jesus is the only way to salvation and subsequently heaven (John 14:6). His blood erases our sin so we can be free of the wretched stain (Revelation 7:14).
Continue reading “Better for Christ”
The comic strip character Pogo said in 1970, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” This adage is quite true. However it never carries as much weight as it does in the spiritual realm. Let’s examine why. Continue reading “We stand between ourselves and heaven”
Regardless of economics, race or status, people value love and recognize that love will shape what is good and true. It should not be surprising to anybody that love permeates and lies at the heart of our Biblical message.
Since our English word love is used so broadly, it is helpful to distinguish between different types of love in order to gain a more precise understanding of the New Testament’s message. This can be easily accomplished because the New Testament was written in Greek and there are various Greek words for love.
Continue reading “A brief handbook on love”