One Thought

The mind boils with brimming thoughts
More than tongue and lips can tell,
More than sharpest conscience can cull,
But one should dominate all the rest,
Until of this the head is full,
And the searching soul knows so well
That Christ is all, and the rest forgets.

Light which produces life

In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it. John 1.4-5

On earth, the sun makes life possible. Without it, everything would soon die. So we see the connection between light and life. In a similar way, as the light of God, Jesus brings life to man. This life is not physical, but spiritual and eternal.

Jesus as light shines in darkness. His light has the capacity of scattering the densest darkness. No person is unrecoverable. Jesus can save all. There is no sin that cannot be forgiven. NRSV translates the phrase, “of mankind,” as “of all people.” Nobody needs remain outside, excluded. Continue reading “Light which produces life”

Glory for example

Jesus Christ shows us how to live. His life serves as a good example of how we should act, think, and speak. Only he was without sin, but we can imitate his life. So he deserves much study on our part. Only Jesus can show us how. Glory to God for the perfect life of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

When they saw

How to reignite our joy and hope, when we have lost them?

When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord” Jn 20.20.

Jesus’ resurrection is the proof of all that God proposed to accomplish for humanity. The risen Christ restores the joy of receiving God’s gift and the hope of a future within his purpose. Continue reading “When they saw”

Know quite well

VERSE — “For you know quite well that the day of the Lord will come in the same way as a thief in the night” 1 Thes 5.2.

MEDITATE — Do we know “quite well” that the day of the Lord will come in this manner? If so, we will be prepared for that day. Let us watch for the coming of the Lord.

PRAY — Come, Lord Jesus! Maranatha!

Posted today on our irmaos.org site.

Glory for selfless

God is selfless, that is, he does not act out of self-interest, but for the good of his people. Christ humbled and denied himself, accepting the sufferings of the cross for our salvation. God is love! His love is not self-serving. Glory to God!

The Pavement Hard

The pavement hard beneath the feet,
Thoughts upon the air,
The frantic mind in hot pursuit,
Where search for meaning — where?

From busy street to copied street,
The leathered sole is sore;
No step without direction is sweet,
But aimless walking’s a chore.

The only variation is pace,
With progress fast or slow —
Outside of Christ and far from grace,
It matters not where I go.

Editorial throw-off

Below are some of the flittery paragraphs, plus a few, that didn’t make the cut for today’s Forthright Magazine article, “Monday editorial flitter.”

¶ At the editorial link above, you’ve been given a Monarch butterfly to enjoy. Around here, though, the common butterfly is solid yellow, a smiling burst of joy that flutters the heart. Can’t miss them.

¶ Jesus is called the Word because he expresses the mind of God. “As a word is an exact image of an idea, so is ‘The Word’ an exact image of the invisible God” (A. Campbell).

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Jesus the Christ

Note: Andrew Burns sponsored a series on Bible characters, going from A to Z, on his website and invited a number of people to choose a letter. I got in quickly and chose “J” for Jesus, without wanting to diminish, in any way, his preeminence by including him in the list of Bible characters. On the contrary, my desire was to honor him as the One and Only. The original post is located here. Now that time has elapsed, I’m posting the article on my own site. It’s below, as originally published.

Jesus is God in the flesh, unique, without sin, the perfect sacrifice for man’s restoration to God. Almost all information about him is found in the Bible. The reliable history of his life and mission are recorded in the four accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, in the New Testament. There are but a few historical references to him outside of the Bible, but eyewitness accounts are found only there.

Jesus was born of a virgin. His deity is central to his mission and message, Jn 8.24. It is also part of the core gospel, demonstrating that attempts to pare down the gospel only to the death, burial, and resurrection are amiss. Continue reading “Jesus the Christ”