Jesus is the answer to this question… indeed of all questions … but asking this question helps us draw a necessary and important distinction between the kingdoms of this world and the kingdom of God.
When we choose Jesus, we choose hope over despair and love over hate. We choose forgiveness over bitterness and peace over anger. Because of Jesus we are thankful.
Our passage in the first chapter of the first epistle of Peter reveals and expounds on our heavenly inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. Join us as we discuss two sides of eternity – this side in the here and now and the one to come, the other side of eternity.
“A righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known… this righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe” (Romans 3:21-22). Christ-less religion offers cheap counterfeit righteousness. So whose righteousness will you choose?
Jesus creates the new wine of the new covenant at the wedding feast – it is living, dynamic and will burst old religious containers. All are invited to receive The Living Water – but not many seem to be drinking it in.
Some believe that everything that happens is for a good reason and that everything that happens is “God’s plan.” Is that true? What does the Bible say?
Join us for a fundamental and basic perspectives of the Grace of God in a short class that might be called “Grace 101” – based on Romans 5:1-5.
God’s grace is offered to you and me and all humanity, whether we want it or accept it or not. God’s grace is offered to everyone – and that means people will not “get what’s coming to them” – even if we believe that’s not fair!
Ceremonies and calendars – rituals and regulations – programs and prescriptions – are the center of all reality for religious captives and addicts. Jesus is the center of all reality for Christ followers.
We are loved by God. We are treasured and cherish by him. Above all, that’s who we, as Christ-followers, are.
The best time to plant a tree is 20 or 30 years ago… the second best time to plant a tree is today!
Apart from the life of our risen Lord living in us, we are all dead men and dead women walking.
Beware of those who loudly and dogmatically request you to look at their traditions and faithfulness when in fact we need to fix our eyes on Jesus.
Jesus is not searching for people who are worthy of his love or who will love him right back, in an equivalent manner. Jesus loves us as and where we are, transforming us into his new creation, far from what where we were when we initially trusted him.
What is heaven? Where is heaven? Is heaven achieved and must we qualify for it in order to “make it”? Can we labor in such a way that we eventually climb up to heaven?
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.
Join Greg as he reflects on lessons learned from 50 years of marriage.