More convinced about Jesus and salvation

Over the last month or so I have been looking at the various world religions and world views. I am doing this to be more effective in sharing my faith.

As I have been doing this I have become even more convinced on two verses of Scripture. They are John 14:6 and Acts 4:12.

John 14:6 – Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Acts 4:12 – Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.

These two verses tell us that the way to the Father in heaven is through Jesus and that Jesus is the only way to be saved.

If you are searching for more today and wondering if you are going to heaven when you die, please visit my salvation page to find out more.

God Bless,

Dave

Great words from Psalm 92

I was reading Psalm 92 this morning in the New King James Version. It contained some great words and a great promise. Here is the part that really jumped out at me…

“The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing” (vv.12-14).

Palm trees in Biblical times were seen as tall and majestic, while the cedars of Lebanon were regarded as strong and powerful. The example above shows just how big they are.

I really like the imagery of this passage and how it says that if we are planted in the house of the Lord we will be like them. We will be fresh and flourishing and fruitful in our old age.

It is a really great thought for today.

God Bless,
Dave

Theology Basics

I found another useful short course on ChristianCourses.com this week. It is called “Theology Basics”. Here’s a description of it…

“Theology Basics is a FastTrax course designed to familiarize you with the foundational truths contained in the Bible. In it you will examine the doctrines of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Bible, salvation, the church, the spirit world, and the future. By the completion of this course, you will see how each of these doctrines fit into God’s plan for the redemption of the human race for His glory.

Media-based lectures are the key learning activity within each lesson. This course has transcripts and audio versions of all Flash teaching segments. Use the audio or transcript if you have a low-speed Internet connection.”

As it is what they called a FastTrax course, you listen to a lecture, answer some reflection questions and finish with a short quiz. I am doing it to brush up on some of the basics and to see if it is useful for new believers.

If you are interested you can find it here for free.

God Bless,

Dave

Four marks of a disciple of Christ

The life of a disciple or follower of Christ should include four main things.

1. Faith – faith is about trust. We follow Jesus because we believe and trust what He says is true.

2. Prayer – prayer is that two way connection and conversation between the disciple and the Master.

3. Belonging – the journey of a disciple is not a solo one, but one taken with others. We are part of His church.

4. Service – those who call Jesus their Lord serve Him and serve others. There are no spectators when it comes to service.

As Christ’s disciples we need to remember that the Christians journey is not meant to be an aimless stroll, but a pilgrimage with a God given purpose.

God Bless,

Dave

The Parable of the Talents and Ability

Over the last few days I have been reflecting on the parable from Matthew 25:14-30. It is commonly known as the Parable of the Talents. Here’s a snippet of the bit I have been reflecting on…

14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. 15 To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. 17 So also, the one with the two talents gained two more. 18 But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.”

The story continues with the master being happy with the first two servants who used their talents wisely. He says, “Well done good and faithful servant”. To the one who buried his talents in the ground he scolded him and called him a lazy servant.

The part that really jumped out at me this time around was the phrase tucked away in verse 15. It says, “…each according to his ability…”

Often a disciples of Christ we miss this part. We often compare ourselves to others and their talents, or we feel guilty that we should be doing more things like those around us. We miss the according to our own ability message.

My ability is to share God’s Word with others. This is done mainly via the internet, and to a lesser degree in person. This is someone I am passionate about and I am drawn to do. I have an ability in this area and it brings fruit.

This doesn’t mean everyone should have a website or a blog to share God’s Word with others. But we should try to find and develop our own abilities and use our God given talents that way.

I think the key for us to use our gifts for the good of others (1 Peter 4:10). We need to use our gifts with passion, use our gifts with love and most importantly use our gifts to bring glory to God.

When we do this according to our own ability, we will bring joy to the heart of God. In the future we will also hear those wonderful words, “Well done good and faithful servant” when the Master returns for us too.

God Bless,

Dave

 

 

Contrasting the humanity & deity of Jesus

One of the key tenants of the Christian faith is that Jesus was both fully God and fully man. He left the glories of His heavenly home and was born into this world as a child.

One of the things I really noticed this week how at times in the Bible we see the contrast of Jesus’ humanity and His deity in some of the gospel stories. Here are a few examples…

1. During the storm on the lake (Mark 4:35-41)

After spending the day preaching to the multitudes we read that Jesus was tired and fatigued. He fell asleep on the boat. Then the storm blew up and the disciples cried out for help. He stood and calmed the storm. In His humanity he slept, but in His divinity He controlled the forces of nature.

2. At the death of Lazarus (John 11:1-44)

Jesus’ friend Lazarus had died and he had been placed in a tomb for four days. Jesus arrived, spoke to the sisters and wept at his friends death (v35). He then prayed and Lazarus was raised to life. We see Jesus’ humanity in His pain, but His divinity in raising Him to life.

3. In the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:29-51)

In the Garden Jesus was extremely distressed at the thought of going to the cross. We see His human emotion and stress at what He faced. Then as He is about to be arrested one of His followers cuts off the ear of  one of the guards. Jesus then stands and heals his ear (v51). His power and divinity again shine through.

In these three great stories from the gospels we see the contrast of Jesus’ humanity and His deity. He was truly man in that He experienced all the pain, fatigue and anguish we suffer, but He was truly divine in that He showed God’s power to control nature, raised people from the dead and heal those in need.

God Bless,

Dave