Being a Good Samaritan

One of the most popular parables in the Bible is the Good Samaritan. What is Jesus trying to teach us? What does it mean to love your neighbor? Who is your neighbor? As Jesus often does, He takes it a step farther. This is not about salvation. Doing good deeds to your fellow man or woman does not save you. But it is the right thing to do. It is what a saved person would do. And as we discussed in the previous post, there are no excuses.

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Events of Jesus’ Resurrection

Jesus’ ministry did not stop at the cross.  In many ways it had just begun.  Christ said, “It is finished.”  Dying on the cross accomplished God’s goal.  But part of the victory is conquering death so that we may be raised into eternal life.  Without the resurrection, He was just another prophet.  But Jesus is more than that; He is our God, our Savior, our Lord.  He also had to prepare His disciples for their ministry.  And He revealed Himself to many.  One day He will return and reveal Himself to all. Continue reading “Events of Jesus’ Resurrection”

Jesus in Glory

Have you ever wondered the purpose of Jesus’ transfiguration?  Why did Jesus reveal Himself in glory to only the three apostles?  What was the significance of Elijah and Moses being there?  Why did He tell Peter, James and John to not tell anyone until after the resurrection?  Let’s see what we can find out about it. Continue reading “Jesus in Glory”

Grace and Legalism

These two words are talked about a lot these days:  grace and legalism.  Many churches are one extreme of the other.  Many people are.  Where do we draw the line between the two?  The Bible is clear we are saved by grace and not by works.  It is also clear that we are to obey God’s commands.  We show that we love God by how we live.  Our lives reflect our salvation and that Christ is in us.  To me, that is the difference.  Some people treat grace as a “get out of jail free” card.  But if you really are saved and Christ is in you, would you not want to live for Him?  On the other hand, salvation is not about rules and regulations, it is about the heart. Continue reading “Grace and Legalism”

Ruth 4: The Redemption

The story of Ruth is a love story.  It is a love story of a man and a woman.  It is a love story of a mother and daughter-in-law, of friendship.  It is a love story of God and His people, God and us.  Ruth goes beyond a love story.  It describes the character of people.  It describes customs of ancient Israel.  It describes compassion.  It shows that no matter who we are, we are loved by God and can be used by God to bless others.  We also see some parallels of how Jesus redeems us.  Though we were sinners, enemies of God, aliens, God provided a way to redeem us.  Jesus is our Redeemer.  Continue reading “Ruth 4: The Redemption”

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