What’s that mean?

Ever notice that Christians have these fancy terms that few if any other people use?  And some of the words may have a different meaning in scripture than how the average Joe would use it (like faith).  Some of these terms are critical to the gospel message.  I tried to make sense of it all and I hope I can explain in a way that is easy for all of us to understand.  As I studied these, it was quite interesting to see how these words are used in the Greek and throughout the scriptures.  I don’t know Greek, but googling the Strong’s definitions of the Greek/Hebrew terms and looking at the context in the Bible has helped quite a bit.  We will discuss some of these terms in the next few posts.  Let’s begin with the scripture that is the heart of the gospel message and incorporates most of these terms.  I hope you read on and that God blesses you and gives you and me more insight. Continue reading “What’s that mean?”

Salvation to Gentiles

Long ago God had a plan to give salvation to the world.  Israel was God’s chosen people.  But He did not stop there.  He promised Abraham not only would his descendants become a great nation, but that all people would be blessed through him.  Jesus Christ came into this world, as a descendant of Abraham, fully human and fully God, to save the world.  Time and time again, Israel rejected God.  But in His mercy He still loved them and gave them hope.  Many rejected Christ as well, but God in His grace offered salvation through Jesus Christ to Jews and non-Jews alike.  The gospel was spread through the apostles and He chose Paul specifically to preach to the Gentiles to bring salvation to them.  To us!  What an honor to be part of God’s family.  I am so grateful that He offered eternal life to me, a gentile, a sinner.  But through Jesus blood, I am declared righteous.

In this post we will look at the words of the apostles of how salvation can be obtained by the “uncircumcised,” the gentiles.  The next post we will see what Jesus said about it. Continue reading “Salvation to Gentiles”

Jesus reaffirms Covenant with Abraham

Before Isaac was born to Abraham and Sarah, God appeared to Him in person.  The scriptures speak of God speaking to him, but in Genesis chapter 18, He appears to Him.  Is this Jesus?  He is not described as “The Angel of the Lord” but it is clearly the Lord.  In the chapter before this, God speaks to Abraham of the covenant, that He would have a son when Abraham is 100 years old.  God tells him that the covenant is not through Ishmael, the child born through their own efforts by the bondwoman, Hagar, but would be through the child born of God, by a miracle, through Sarah, who is well beyond her years of childbirth. Continue reading “Jesus reaffirms Covenant with Abraham”

Are You Rich or Poor?

How do you define poverty?  Is it just about economics?  Is it perspective?  Is it something within?  Perhaps it is about what we do with what we have.  What do you consider rich? Continue reading “Are You Rich or Poor?”

What is Your Foundation?

Sorry for no posts for a while, but I was on a mission trip in Haiti and we had no internet.  What a blessing!  One of the  things we did was lay the foundation for a new church building.  While I was out there pouring cement, a five gallon bucket at a time, so many parallels came to mind about laying a foundation for the church, on stony ground, with thorn bushes here and there, the hot sun beating on us, but God is in control and Christ is our true foundation, the chief cornerstone.  The church service we had was wonderful, 41 people and 25 of them children.  Although it was in Creole, we had one universal language and that was our love and faith in Jesus Christ.  The people here were very passionate in their worship and with things like voodoo in this land, their faith (as well as spiritual battles) is very real. Continue reading “What is Your Foundation?”