Thirty years ago, counsellor Alan McGinnis wrote a book about confidence, offering 12 rules to build self-confidence, change one’s self-concept, and “succeed at being yourself.” The book contains excellent ideas to abandon useless and hurtful concepts about our identity as human beings.
A look in the mirror will tell nothing. Except for perhaps a softer, more peaceful expression on one’s face, there is no noticeable difference in physical appearance after baptism than before. No one can publish any drastic before and after pictures, when it comes to conversion. No one sprouts wings. No halo appears. No special light or aura surrounds a new Christian’s body. We look the same.
But if one has obeyed the gospel according to the New Testament, something real and profound has occurred. God has acted, the old order has been damaged and diminished, the Spirit has breathed life into a soul, and the new life has appeared where before there was only death and the destiny of destruction. Continue reading “What it means to be a new creation”
What have you sacrificed today? This is not a question we normally go around asking each other.
Under the Mosaic Covenant, various animals were killed and offered in sacrifice to God on a daily basis. Sometimes these animals were burnt whole but more often parts were burned and the rest cooked and eaten to indicate a person’s fellowship with God. Which brings us back to the question. Continue reading “What have you sacrificed today?”
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”
Belief in the afterlife is a universal trait shared by people throughout history. No matter our beliefs about God, we all imagine something to come.
God’s people live between heaven and earth (Philippians 3:20) and we’re portrayed as family (Ephesians 2:19) with spiritual heroes (Hebrews 11). Therefore, how could we not ask whether we will know one another in heaven? Continue reading “Will we know one another in heaven?”
Can God remake our lives? Continue reading Just the way it is
He lives about twelve miles from my home and has now made national news. Jim Stevens wasn’t seeking fame, but he couldn’t help but report the strange scene he has recently witnessed. Each morning when he goes out to his truck, an image that resembles popular depictions of Jesus can be seen on the driver’s side window. Continue reading A Fading Image