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

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

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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

So that we can submit to God’s authority, be holy as he is holy, and fulfill his mission in the world, we have God’s power to give us all the strength necessary.

So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me, a prisoner for his sake, but by God’s power accept your share of suffering for the gospel.
2 Timothy 1.8 NET Continue reading