You Will Be With Me in Paradise

It is not too late to be forgiven.  The thief on the cross asked Jesus for forgiveness hours before his death and He granted it.  He realized his sin, confessed it before God, and repented.  He knew there was nothing he could do to earn it.  Only by trusting in Jesus.  And that is what he did.  Jesus offers everyone a chance.  We are all like these thieves.  We are all guilty.  The question is which thief do you want to be?

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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?”