Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
“Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ.
He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us.”
(Ephesians 5:2 NLT)
Unrung bells have not shown their purpose. Unsung songs have not blessed human ears. Love hoarded within a human heart has not proved its authenticity. Love is not really love until we give it away.
The longer I live, the more convinced I am that most people are paralyzed or imprisoned in some way. No wonder the Bible tells so many stories about those who got healed of paralysis or set free from bondage and imprisonment.
When we read such Bible stories today, it’s easy to miss how these events apply to our lives. If we’ve never been physically paralyzed or lame, we can struggle to relate to the paralyzed man in Mark 2:1-12 or the lame man in Acts 3:1-12. And if we’ve never done…Continue
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"By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God's command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen." (Hebrews 11:3 NLT)
University of Cambridge theoretical physicists recently simulated how a ring-shaped black hole could cause Einstein’s theory of relativity to break…Continue
Death is not just the end of life—it is the returning of life to its Creator. It is not a loss, but a fulfillment. All the laying down of all the pieces of our lives are but a rehearsal for that moment.
No wonder Paul says, “[W]e would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). Sometimes we just want to jump to the end. Even for a coward like…Continue
Added by Carl Simmons on February 17, 2016 at 9:44am — No Comments
The Beatles weren’t far from mark when they declared, “All You Need Is Love.” The apostle Paul said practically the same thing in Romans 13:10, saying that “love is the fulfillment of the law.”
So, are YOU in love? That’s an important question, and not just in the days surrounding Valentine’s Day. If you’re married, I certainly hope you can say yes to this question, but I’m referring to a love that goes even beyond that—an “in love” state of mind…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on February 15, 2016 at 9:05pm — No Comments
“As he was approaching Damascus, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him.”
(Acts 9:3 NLT)
After five years of devastating civil war in Syria, the same old sad pattern of despair drags on. Talks…Continue
Added by Johnny R. Almond on February 15, 2016 at 11:46am — No Comments
It seems a person of my age should have figured out everything by now. But in some ways the opposite is true—I’m more aware than ever of life’s mysteries.
The writer of Proverbs 30 seemed to have a similar experience, marveling about the things he couldn’t really understand:
There are three things that amaze me—
no, four things that I don’t understand:
how an eagle glides through the sky,
how a snake slithers on…
Added by Jim Buchan on February 13, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments
I am becoming increasingly convinced, as I get older, that God does not demand our obedience simply because it honors him. That is, of course, a true and healthy reason to do it; and I wouldn’t even bothering arguing with someone who insists that it is the primary reason. Still, as I come to more deeply experience God’s love, I’d suggest that God demands our obedience because he wants us to become the people we were truly created to be.
Because only God sees the final…Continue
Added by Carl Simmons on February 13, 2016 at 10:17am — No Comments
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, [even] to the end of the age." Amen. Mat 28:18-20 NKJV
For the past several years, the Lord…Continue
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In the name above all other names we are blessed beyond words with lavish provision—life, health, spouse, children, friends, and heaven. The Lord spangles our nights with constellations, not just single stars. He fills our life with blessing after blessing, not just an occasional token. He designs our days with hours for celebration, not merely a moment of joy…Continue
Added by Johnny R. Almond on February 9, 2016 at 10:57am — No Comments
Have you ever had that lost feeling, the feeling of drifting along lost at sea disconnected from any kind of great community? Sometimes I feel like I am wandering, figuring this life out on my own. There are signposts for sure, books I read or teachers I learn from, but when I put the book down or finish the podcast I am left alone once again.
I love the United States. I am grateful for all it has given me, but our lack of deep traditions can frustrate me. And what traditions we do…Continue
Added by Jason Feffer on February 6, 2016 at 2:20pm — No Comments
“If any of the people betray the Lord by doing wrong to another person, they are guilty. They must confess their sin and make full restitution for what they have done, adding a penalty of 20 percent and returning it to the person who was wronged.” (Numbers 5:6-7 NLT)
Crime against humanity is sin against God. When we wrong others, we also wrong their Creator. When we break faith with people, we break faith with God. When we are uncaring toward people, we are…Continue
Added by Johnny R. Almond on February 4, 2016 at 7:21am — No Comments
Whenever the idea of Christian vocation is addressed in an article or conversation, there’s a well-known quote attributed to Frederick Buechner that inevitably comes up: “Vocation happens when our deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.”
Actually, according to Beuchner himself, it’s not a direct quote, as he explained in an interview. But it captures the essence of what…
Added by Stephen R. Clark on February 4, 2016 at 4:00am — No Comments
What if I told you there’s ONE simple step you can take that would change EVERYTHING else in your life? I know, you probably would think I’m either crazy or getting ready to launch an infomercial.
But stay with me for a few minutes…
For many years, I’ve known that just about everything we need to know about God, people, or life can be gleaned from the first few chapters of Genesis. But I’ve recently come across a life-changing principle I had previously overlooked…Continue
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him (James 1:12).
Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life (…
Added by Carl Simmons on February 3, 2016 at 9:17am — No Comments
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Eighteen months ago I asked the Lord Jesus to show me the Bull's Eye for Christians as they begin to walk out their lives one day at a time. By Christians, I mean those who love the Lord Jesus because He first loved them and gave Himself for them. So many say they "accepted" the Lord Jesus meaning it was their decision in their mind to accept Christ; can't find that concept in the New Testament though. The entering point for truly Born Again Christians is the moment…Continue
Added by Toney E Lee on February 2, 2016 at 7:45am — No Comments
The School of Life
We like the Israelites are always searching for the easy way out and never want to work for the things we get or need. The…Continue
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