Love and Hate

I saw a post on Facebook that started, “I am done with Christians…” I read something about hypocrisy but didn’t go any further. Part of me was offended. But I think part of me was worried about being convicted. Another part of me realized that the world will hate us because they hate Jesus Christ and they are offended by the gospel and don’t want to hear about sin and salvation. Another part of me realize that many claim to be Christian that are not and some of us are followers of Christ and often stumble, not acting the way we should or saying the things we should. One thing I think about lately when scrolling through all the posts on my feed, when was the last time someone (me included) has said something nice about another instead of bashing someone? If you have to think about it, it has been too long. As followers of Jesus, we need to be kind to others and show love to them. I wish that everyone would.

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It is Finished

 

The work is done.  All is accomplished.  The sacrifice was made.  The penalty was paid.  We have been reconciled and redeemed.  All is forgiven.  The purpose of Jesus’ ministry and the cross comes down to this moment.  It is finished.  No longer are we separated from God.  No longer is there a need for sacrifice.  Our sins are wiped away.  Nothing we can do can earn that.  Jesus Christ did it all for you and me.  He gave us grace and mercy.  He gave us the faith.  We just need to believe and trust in Him. Continue reading “It is Finished”

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 the Jews

I am so thankful that God has allowed gentiles to be part of His kingdom.  Salvation is offered to all.  Although Israel has rejected Jesus Christ, there are still some who believe and God has promised a blessing to His Chosen People, Israel.  Some tink the Christian church has replaced Israel, but that is not what the Bible says.  God will always love them.  He made a covenant with them.  Jesus said that salvation is of the Jews.  Let us do what we can to support Israel and pray for them.  Pray that they will see the truth, that Jesus is Messiah.  Salvation is offered to all. Continue reading “Salvation to the Jews”