Real Christian Community: love AND truth

Most people instinctively crave meaningful relationships.  For some, this inner longing distorts reality, and subsequent wrong choices result in a lifetime of grief.   For the authentic disciple of Jesus, God uses this divinely-placed, innate desire for relationship to His glory.  Christians who live in close proximity to each other and frequently engage in worship and ministry leave a tremendous testimony.  They harmoniously display to observers that they truly are a city set on a hill.  Jesus said, in His kingdom mandate, “Ye are the light of the world.  A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid” (Matthew 5:14). What does it take to experience real Christian community?  First, it takes real Christianity,…

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LOVE JESUS?  Joyfully obey Him!

In today’s world, love is often misrepresented and undervalued to the point where many of us may have little idea what true love is. The Bible is not silent on this topic, and neither is the One who is the greatest expression of such love.  That One, of course, is Jesus, of whom the Bible says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:16-17). Jesus said that love and obedience to Him are inextricably…

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Is There a Right Way?

Is there a right way? If there is a right way, then there must be a wrong way. If you take the wrong way, you won’t get to where you want to go. Think about it.

Who is Jesus Christ?

Who is Jesus Christ? Is He mytholigical or historical? What was His purpose for living? This 18 minute discussion will help you to answer the questions you may have about Him.

Is Your World Spinning Out of Control?

image of your world spinning out of control

Does it feel like your life is unmanageable, and that circumstances or other people are in control? Most of us experience situations that make us feel that way at various points in our lives. We lose our health. We experience financial reversals. Relationships fracture. Plans collapse. When such things happen, our natural response is to feel upset or frightened. The truth, however, is that God IS in control, and He can be trusted with the future. He knows what is best for us, and He knows that difficult experiences can make us better people. We determine whether tough experiences make us bitter or better. If we trust in our own abilities to get us through,…

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“Come to ME and you will find REST”

Come to ME and you will find REST

Jesus Christ said this: Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV) Is your soul tired? Do you know what it feels like to have a tired soul? It’s different from having a body that is tired from working hard all day. That’s a good feeling, and it helps us to sleep at night. But having a tired soul isn’t a good feeling. It tends to keep us…

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Love your Enemies

Dirk Willems
Cover picture of Dirk Willems © Scroll Publishing Co. Used by permission.

Jesus Christ said this: But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:44-45) Jesus said this during the Sermon on the Mount. Matthew 5-7 It is not normal for people to love their enemies. Jesus not only taught us to do this, but gave us an example of how to do it. When the Roman soldiers nailed Him to the cross, He called out to God, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” How do you love your…

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Good News! Freedom!

Good News! Freedom

Jim Wolf (not his real name) spent more than seven years behind bars. But he spent more years than that in the bondage of sin. As a youth, Jim spent much of his time on the street selling drugs, breaking into people’s houses, stealing, lying, cheating. Those years brought a harvest of trouble. Fights. The law. Jail. Jim’s last crime landed him a sentence of over 50 years in a state prison. By this time he was going by an alias, but in prison he was merely a number. A human failure. Socially, morally, and spiritually bankrupt. In prison Jim finally hit bottom, and finally at the bottom, he met God. He genuinely repented of…

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Have you heard the News?

The Good News! God loves you, and wants you to know and love Him. He offers you peace and joy and a fulfilled life. The Bible says… “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you” (John 14:27). “Ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” (1 Peter 1:8). “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you” (John 14:27). “Ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” (1 Peter 1:8).

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Born Again

Born-Again

Born Again – What does it mean? To become a Christian It’s common to read or hear about people who claim to be “born again” Christians. But I wonder if most people understand what being born again involves. I’d like to explain. The Bible is really quite clear about what is required to become a Christian. One doesn’t become a Christian by attending church, by living a good moral life, by being raised in a Christian home, or by believing what the Bible says about Jesus Christ. The only way to become a Christian is by entering into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ by being born again.

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Jesus, your only way to God

Jesus is your only way to God. Which road are you on? And where is it taking you? All roads end somewhere, but only one road takes you to heaven. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”