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?”

Paul’s Prayers for Believers

Pauls’ epistles, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians are some of my favorite books in the Bible.  There is so much here to learn from, about life and about Jesus Christ our Lord.  Within them, he shares His love for the church and other believers, as we all ought to.  He encourages them by telling them the that He prays for them and what He prays for.  I try to pray for my family and my church for these as well, though not as often as I should.  Of course, I try to stay away from ‘recited’ prayer, but I think using scripture within your prayer is good.  As believers, we need to be intercessors for others.  That is what Paul is doing in His letters.  These intercessory prayers encourage and guide us in our prayer life and in our life.  When I read them, I also feel He was praying these prayers for all of us.

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The Spirit is a Guarantee

guarantee sealedIn the previous post on God’s promises, we talked about the Holy Spirit promised by God to those who believe to help us, guide, pray for us, convict us.  The Spirit lives in us to help us grow.  God also reminds us that it is His great grace that gives us salvation.  Nothing we can do will earn our way into heaven or gain God’s favor.  He did it all.  He gave us grace, the undeserved favor.  Christ went to the cross to take away our sins.  His work saves us.  It is through faith we are saved.  And He gives us the Spirit as a guarantee of our salvation.  Continue reading “The Spirit is a Guarantee”

Resurrection Sunday…He has Risen!

Easter time…I call it Resurrection Sunday.  It is not about bunnies and eggs.  That is derived from pagan rituals.  I am not sure why some churches include these things during this time of year, like egg hunts.  Maybe I’m a scrooge, but I want to remember this day as a day of celebration of the sacrifice that Jesus made dying on the cross, taking the sins of the world with Him and putting them to death, being raised on the third day, and lives today to intercede for us.  He is our Light and our Salvation.  By trusting in Him, we have eternal life. Continue reading “Resurrection Sunday…He has Risen!”

Love and Forgiveness

God is a loving and forgiving God.  He is also just and sin is detrimental to any relationship with him.  Sin cannot be in His presence.  But, He wants to have a relationship with us and He loves us so much that He provided a way to atone for our sins.  As the Israelites, His chosen people, were delivered from the bondage of the Egyptians, a system was created to appease God of sin.  That is a long story for another time, but basically, a blood offering was needed,  a sacrifice for the sins of the people.  But, because of the sins of the people, including the priests, this was needed over and over, every year.  Read through Hebrews to learn more about this.  So, God the Father, sent His only Son, Jesus, who had no sin, to be that blood sacrifice to redeem all who believe.  Jesus Christ came to this earth, becoming fully man and fully God, giving freely His life, taking the sins of the world on His shoulders, being nailed to a cross and being raised from the dead on the third day.  He showed true love, unconditional love.  Because of what Christ did, we can be forgiven.
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