Kenosis is a Greek word that Paul used to describe the self-emptying, self-giving, self-sacrificial love of Jesus. He came to give rather than acquire. He came to serve rather than be served. He came to be condemned rather than condemn.
Does God love us in and when we deserve his love? Must we live so that he will love us, or should we live because he already loves us?
As Christ followers, people of The Way, we are pilgrims and sojourners, not settlers, because we do not find anything in the here and now worth settling for.
We lean on Jesus because of his goodness and grace, not our own – and when we trust and believe Jesus, and thus lean on him he may lead people to lean on us and so be directed to eventually lean on Him.
When God is created in the image of humans, he keeps religious rules and is capable of being manipulated by the deeds and obedience of humans.
The gospel invites you and me to The Three B’s – Believe (in and on Jesus), Belong (to Jesus, to his kingdom and his universal church) and Become (a transformed child of God).
Grace is all about the divine and miraculous lifting of a weight, expectation or spiritual measurement. Grace is for when our best is not good enough, when we can’t measure up No Matter How Hard We Try.
We can’t save ourselves from the messes in which we find ourselves but we can always trust Jesus to save us and give us rest from the exhaustion we experience trying to save ourselves.
Apart from God’s grace, we are all as worthless as a discarded car or truck in a junkyard, and as desperate as the junk yard dogs who fight for the dead carcasses that might be found in such places.
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If our only hope is our own ability to do enough things to please God we are all dead meat.
God’s love is endless. Much of Christ-less religion emphasizes our search for God, but the gospel is clear – God will relentlessly and incessantly search for us.
As Christ following pilgrims we long for a better country, and in Christ, by the grace of God, we are enabled to cross over from now to then… from here to eternity.
Have you ever felt compelled to explain that you, as a Christ follower, are not THAT KIND of a Christian? Join us as we ponder this topic.
Mothers are superb examples of self-giving love, but the ultimate demonstration of self-giving love is Jesus, and we are called to pass on that love to others.
Christ-less religion is filled with charlatans, fakes and actors who wear a costume and act out a role, pretending, posing and posturing. Jesus proclaims, “Get real!”
Jesus so redefines “power” and “love” that human ideals of superiority and being in charge are turned upside down – leaving us with his spirit and attitude of service.
If the dead don’t stay dead, then what can we count on? Why is it that the most common reaction to Jesus is to want him to stay dead and deny his resurrection?
Jesus saved and saves us… but from what exactly… and how are we accepted and reconciled? How and why Jesus lavished the love of God on all mankind is almost beyond our human comprehension – it is part of what makes God who he is.
Join us as we examine the meaning, importance and spiritual significance of remembering Jesus.
Because repentance involves sorrow for actions we have taken it is an activity that most people avoid like the plague – maybe that’s why nobody ever seems to be wrong about anything!
No thief can take away our God given hope – our hope in Christ cannot be denied by death, it is impervious to erosion and deterioration.
As hard as it is to imagine that God truly forgives us, wrapping our heads and hearts around how and why God forgives others is an entirely different matter.
People are often exasperated when someone they feel should recognize them does not – put the reaction on the other foot. Do we know Who we really need to know?
Of all God’s revelations to humanity, one event stands alone as his Master Stroke.