READ: “I do not mean that we rule over your faith, but we are workers with you for your joy, because by faith you stand firm” 2 Cor 1.24.
THINK: Christians are coworkers with God in the gospel, 1 Cor 3.9; 2 Cor 6.1, and with their brothers and sisters in order to save others and promote faith, Phil 1.5; 4.3; Col 1.7; 4.7, 11; 3 Jn 8. No one has “dictatorial power” (TLNT) over another; faith cannot depend on another, except God. In God’s kingdom only Christ is Leader. Continue reading
READ: “He summoned the multitude, and said to them, ‘Hear, and understand'” Mt 15.10 WEB.
THINK: There is no salvation without hearing the Good News. It is possible to hear and understand. It is not too difficult. Jesus spoke his message to the multitude. He meant for everyone to hear, not a select group. We all have the responsibility to hear and understand. We will be judged by our hearing. Continue reading
Glory to God for the simplicity of the gospel of Christ, for the challenge it presents to our self-sufficiency, for the power it brings to the soul, for the sense it makes of all existence.
The gospel is not hard to understand. For many, it is hard to accept.
- It requires us to surrender to the Lordship of Christ.
- It demands submission to the reign of God.
- The gospel calls us to follow the guidance of the Spirit.
Many are not willing, but they disguise their stubbornness with subterfuge, saying that the terms of the gospel are murky, restrictive, or intolerant. But he is intolerant who will not submit his will to the Lord’s.
The gospel offers unequaled blessing, but to receive that blessing it places upon us no less an obligation that the total surrender of self.
But Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
Matthew 8.22 NET
A senior director of Planned Parenthood was caught on tape explaining how abortion doctors took care to preserve organs of children they were aborting, in order to take advantage of a high market demand. Late-term abortions are sought in order to harvest the organs. Continue reading
This was the question I received today from someone hostile, as far as I can tell, to all forms of faith in God. Here is what I answered: Continue reading
Why the big to-do over what happens on a cable TV channel? Because Americans are obsessed with non-reality. To most of the world—and to most saints around the world—it’s a non-issue. Wake up, people. Let’s get busy doing the real work of announcing the kingdom of God. This is reality.
• This is not the world we want for our children and grandchildren. No place on earth is the place we desire for them. We want a new heavens and a new earth, that is, a heavenly realm. “Lord, come quickly.” Continue reading
One of the best arguments for evangelism as the task of every Christian comes from the image of the Christian’s armor in Ephesians 6. The NRSV states it very nicely: “As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace,” v. 15.
Every Christian needs every piece of the armor. Paul says it twice, for emphasis: Continue reading
This morning Rafael and I finished up our studies together to prepare him for baptism on Saturday at our area get-together. (It’s not a holiday in Brazil today.)
I’m grateful that the gospel of Jesus Christ has the power to touch and change lives. Continue reading