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

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

 

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