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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“Truth will set you free!”

Truth will set you free!

Jesus Christ said this: Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32 (NKJV) Are you free? It depends a little on how you define freedom. In the context of the passage quoted above (John 8:21-58), Jesus was talking with a group of Jews who had been listening to Him preach. He offered them freedom if they would become His disciples. Jesus’ offer offended them. They declared that they were free already. They were never in bondage to anyone, because they were children of Abraham. Why would Jesus promise…

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Where Do I Come From?

It is a popular concept in the Western world that people evolved from ape-like ancestors. So where do we come from? Are we more than products of chance? Read these verses from the Bible that were inspired by God, the Creator of all things: Genesis 1:26-27 — And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and…

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What is Truth?

Does truth really exist? How can we know? Who is capable of defining truth? In answer to these questions perhaps we could ask, “Does the sun shine? Can water freeze? Is life real?” The answers to these questions demonstrate that truth does in fact exist. These are things that can be verified by scientific testing.

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What is Truth?

Since the beginning of time, people have pondered the question of what the truth really is about a number of subjects. Do convincing answers exist for questions about where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going when we die? If there are such answers, is it possible for us to know them? Or rather, must each of us create our own “realities” by formulating our own opinions about these matters?

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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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Has the truth set you free?

JOHN 8:32 (KJV) “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” There are many places in our world where a person might find bits of truth. The source of all truth, however, can only be found in God Himself. He is our Creator and Sustainer. He is the one who loves us and preserved for us the Holy Bible. The Bible is completely reliable since it was inspired by God. Other ‘holy books’ may make similar claims, but they lose credibility when put under intense scrutiny. The Bible accurately reveals to us the truth about our need for God. It also tells us about Jesus, fully man and fully God,…

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