Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
Recently I woke up thinking about an intriguing phrase in Paul’s statement to the Colossians:
27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on May 31, 2019 at 9:09am — No Comments
You are Yahweh, Most High over all the earth, far transcending all gods.
Psalm 97:9 TNJB
I am Most High over earth—exalt Me above false gods of the heart.
Idols are low-life—I…Continue
Added by Johnny R. Almond on May 29, 2019 at 9:10am — No Comments
Several times recently I have heard it said that God showed “favor” on someone or some group. Wondering where this phrase originated, I went to multiple translations of the Bible, until I found in the Holman Christian Standard Bible, the following translation: “May Yahweh look with favor on you” (Numbers 6:26). And why had I never seen this verse before, I asked. So, I went to my New King James Bible, as well as a few other translations and found the familiar words, “The Lord bless you and…Continue
Added by Dan R. Crawford on May 25, 2019 at 7:09pm — No Comments
If, as the Beatles say, all you need is love and if, as the scripture says, God is love, is it possible to have authentic, transforming, forgiving empowering, love without a relationship with God?
If you say you believe in God, you cannot not have love as your motivation and message in everything you say and do.…Continue
Added by Phil Miglioratti on May 25, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments
The Way to the Truth of Life
I am the way, the truth, and the life. John 14:6 NLT
I am the only Road…Continue
Added by Johnny R. Almond on May 21, 2019 at 11:37am — No Comments
Sermons do a lot of things, but sermons don’t make disciples.
Here’s the dilemma: the church’s mission is to “go and make disciples” (Matthew 28:18-20). If sermons don’t make disciples, then how does the church fulfill its mission? If sermons don’t directly fulfill the church’s mission, then why is so much emphasis placed on the weekend worship service and the sermon?
I’m a preacher. I have nothing against preaching. I take exception, however, in…Continue
You know these things—now do them! That is the path of blessing.
John 13:17 NLT
Reverence My path of authority—know and understand that I am Lord.
Added by Johnny R. Almond on May 13, 2019 at 11:22am — No Comments
Prayer changes things.
Prayer changes people.
Prayer changes situations.
Pray without ceasing.
You are the temple of the Holy Spirit.
(1Thess 5:17; 1 Cor 6:19).
Added by OGWO IHEANYI on May 12, 2019 at 1:44am — No Comments
As we celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend, I find myself thinking about what it takes for someone to be beautiful even in their old age. I’ve concluded there’s no better example than Sarah, the wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac.
In addition to being beautiful in her later years, Sarah also was fruitful and honoring – rare qualities indeed, especially in today’s world. Let’s look at how this was possible:
BEAUTIFUL: If a woman…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on May 11, 2019 at 4:01pm — No Comments
God bless America. That is the poorest excuse for a prayer I’ve ever heard.
Americans bark out that demand hundreds of times every minute of every day. That phrase has no humility. That phrase has no confession of need. That phrase offers no supplication.
Issuing this command to God is blasphemous.
A proper prayer for God’s blessing would be, at a minimum, “God, please bless America.”
A more appropriate prayer would be, “God, we have pushed you to the…Continue
Added by Richard H. Skiba, Jr. on May 6, 2019 at 7:24pm — No Comments
My purpose is to give life in all its fullness. John 10:10 NLT
I am the good Shepherd who faithfully leads you into tomorrow.
I know your geographical, emotional and spiritual coordinates.
I walk ahead of you into the…Continue
Added by Johnny R. Almond on May 6, 2019 at 10:26am — No Comments
Did Jesus ever make a prediction that turned out to be false? It certainly seemed so when He said upon hearing that His friend Lazarus was sick, “This sickness will not end in death” (John 11:4 NIV).
If you know the story of Lazarus, you remember that his sickness did indeed result in death. In fact, by the time Jesus arrived on the scene, his friend had already been in the tomb for four days.
Not only was Lazarus dead, but the situation had already become stinky.…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on May 4, 2019 at 12:16pm — No Comments