Archives For Jesus Christ

A modern parable, this insightful video illustration examines the life of a man searching through the false promises of other religions and finding his salvation in Christ.

Have you ever found yourself stuck in a situation that you couldn’t get out of?  And not only that, but you didn’t know how to get out of.  When you need help, where do you turn?  How do you get out?  The culture believes that there are many paths in life we can take, but this video illustration demonstrates that none of them will ultimately help you out of your situation.

This reminds me of the famous story about CS Lewis where he proclaimed the most distinguishing fact of Christianity.  Here is a direct quote from Philip Yancey’s, What’s So Amazing About Grace? (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1997), p 45.

During a British conference on comparative religions, experts from around the world debated what, if any, belief was unique to the Christian faith. They began eliminating possibilities. Incarnation? Other religions had different versions of gods’ appearing in human form. Resurrection? Again, other religions had accounts of return from death. The debate went on for some time until CS Lewis wandered into the room. “What’s the rumpus about?” he asked, and heard in reply that his colleagues were discussing Christianity’s unique contribution among world religions. Lewis responded, “Oh, that’s easy. It’s grace.”


Grace makes Christianity unique from all other religions because it marks the stark difference in believing in a God that will come down into a hole and pull you out of your mess, verses a god that requires you to earn its approval.  When we search for God, the Bible promises that we will find Him.  The difference between Christianity and other religions can be explained by the words “Do” and “Done.”

Do – All other world religions have to do with good works or good deeds.  Reincarnation and Karma are major themes in world religions and they always point back to what you do with your life.

Done – Christianity points to what Jesus Christ has already done on the cross at Calvary.  His sacrifice on the cross is what brings a Christian salvation.  Jesus Christ is the only way to God, who comes down to meet us in our own messy lives, to build relationship with us and to save us from this life.  We are free because of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  It’s not our own righteousness that leads to salvation, but the free gift of grace.

 

 

Isaiah 50:10 – Let him who walks in darkness and has no light trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.

Africa used to be the Dark Continent in light of the absence of a gospel presence and any knowledge of the continents interior. Now, we see places around the corner in our very own neighborhoods that are dark and without light of the truth. I pray the Lord will use us to reach the dark places of Micronesia.

Isaiah 51:!5 – I am the Lord your God, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar— the Lord of hosts is his name.

On this trip we will be travelling to a few Islands via boat. I do not know if Jamie and I will get seasick or not but the power to calm the ocean waves is the God we serve.

Isaiah 52:7-10 – How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

8 The voice of your watchmen–they lift up their voice together they sing for joy; for eye to eye they see the return of the Lord to Zion;

9 Break forth together into singing you waste places of Jerusalem, for the Lord has comforted his people; he has redeemed Jerusalem.

10 The Lord has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

Follow the colors and bold type font to link the challenges from God’s Word.

Romans 10:14,15- How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 

15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

Are my feet beautiful in the sense that they are worthy of beautifying my Savior? Certainly not in my eyes. However, because of Jesus’ precious blood shed for me, my feet are made beautiful in God’s sight. I am now worthy to walk down the way of Salvation and told to lead others down the way of life by following the footsteps of Jesus.

 10 The Lord has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations

This is the only verse in the Bible that mentions this concept of God making his holy arm bare. This phrase means freeing the arm of any constraint or constricting movement caused by clothing. This was done by warriors when entering battle or someone who was ready to get to work and be free to move. God has a battle plan and is ready to enact his plan throughout all the nations and even to the ends of the earth. 

Isaiah 49:6 – …I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”  

How, limited is our view. We support our tunnel vision when we ignore the God’s global vision. We forget his work around the world. God is working in your neighborhood, in your town, in your city, in your state, in your country, in your continent, and in your world. We limit God when we forget to consider His power to reach “all nations” with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I hope to be a small part of that work that no false religion, worldview, person, or thing can stop.  

Isaiah 40:28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.

The Creator of the ends of the earth – The phrase, ‘the ends of the earth,’ means the same as the earth itself. The earth is sometimes spoken of as a vast plain having limits or boundaries (see Isa 40:22). It is probable that this was the prevailing idea among the ancients (compare Deu 33:17; 1Sa 2:10; Psa 19:6; Psa 22:27; Psa 48:10; Psa 65:5; Psa 67:7; Psa 98:3; Isa 43:6; Isa 45:22; Isa52:10). The argument here is, that he who has formed the earth could not be exhausted or weary in so small a work as that of protecting his people.

Lebanese man gets 300 lashes, 6 years for helping woman convert to Christianity

There is your headline. Amazing, isn’t it? The fact that a country like Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries can treat humans like dogs because they believe in a different religion and god than they do. American’s yell, intolerant!! But I wonder is this really the same type of intolerance our own country displays towards religion? This shameful act of punishment is intolerant and happens because the very core of Islamic culture breeds hatred and violence for others. The Koran teaches it and no matter how you interpret your version of Islam you cannot get away from the fact that the Koran teaches violent intolerance.

“There is zero tolerance for any non-Muslim religions in Saudi Arabia.”

–Nina Shea, Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom

But let’s not forget what our own country is like. This is America where freedom, liberty, and equality still exist in some form, right? Is our own country growing closer to this level of intolerance and hatred. I think so. I fear for our country and our skewed morality.

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

–Isaiah 5:20

Just because one religion (example: Christianity)  won’t freely accept all types of lifestyles does not make it intolerant but truth. Truth holds true to the standard for which all else is called false. For how can one act in such a way without any convictions towards the left or the right? Would I whip someone 300 times for choosing the homosexual lifestyle or aborting babies?? No! Should anyone do such a thing to anyone who does not live after the same lifestyle as their own? No! But it does not mean one must accept opposing lifestyles as good and right for themselves. Condoning and condemning are the natural recourse of believing in anything worth believing. TOLERANCE DOES NOT MEAN ACCEPTANCE.

Check out this article that gives a similar viewpoint to this idea.

Tolerance Does NOT Mean Acceptance

But when it comes down to it, Christian’s are to love all types of sinners because we are sinners ourselves. We do not pretend to act holier than thou but rather reach out in love in order to share the gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord. After-all, Jesus was the one who ate with Publicans (lying, cheating, thieves) and Sinners. (prostitutes, drunkards, obvious outright unrighteous) – Luke 15:1-2

Popes for Dummies

jordantmoody —  March 14, 2013 — 3 Comments

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POPED OR POPELESS

All this Poping hooplah has got me thinking about how people arrive at the conclusion for the need of a Pope in the church. I ‘pope’ to give you some answers in regards to the thinking behind having a Pope and what the Bible says about being ‘popeless.’ (Sorry I couldn’t resist)

POPES FOR DUMMIES

The pope’s jobs

The pope has two big jobs:

  • He’s the bishop of Rome, which means he has supreme, full, immediate, and universal jurisdiction all over the world (although the title says “Rome,” the job encompasses the whole Church).
  • He’s the head of the entire Catholic Church. As head of the Church, the pope directs the faithful around the world both directly and through mandates to the bishops who oversee the administrative territories known as dioceses. He also elevates bishops to the rank of cardinal as he sees fit.When the pope teaches a doctrine on faith or morals to the universal Church in his unique office as supreme head, he is held to be infallible, incapable of error. When the pope asserts his official authority in matters of faith and morals to the whole church, Catholics believe the Holy Spirit guards him from error. (quoted from Dummies.com)

So basically ONE MAN is infallible, incapable of error, and thus given authority over the entire universal church. Sounds vaguely familiar to me… I want to say his name started with a J and ended with an esus.

What the Bible says about being ‘Popeless’

Listen to this:

Col 1:14 In whom (Jesus, not the Pope) we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Col 1:15 Who (Jesus, not the Pope) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Col 1:16 For by him (Jesus, not the Pope) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him (Jesus, not the Pope), and for him: (Jesus, not the Pope)
Col 1:17 And he (Jesus, not the Pope) is before all things, and by him (Jesus, not the Pope) all things consist.

Col 1:18 And he (Jesus, not the Pope) is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he (Jesus, not the Pope) might have the preeminence.

od has already told us WE DO NOT NEED A POPE in the Bible. (now there’s a thought?!)  Jesus is our pope on high and he is greater than the pope and greater than Moses!

God has already told us WE DO NOT NEED A POPE in the Bible. (now there’s a thought?!)  Jesus is our pope on high and he is greater than the pope and greater than Moses!

Heb 3:1 Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession,
Heb 3:2 who was faithful to him who appointed him (not the Cardinals and Bishops), just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s house.
Heb 3:3 For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses–as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself.

When we honor the Pope it is like us honoring a house over honoring the house builder. The house doesn’t have any power or authority it was a created thing by a wise and all-knowing creator. God made the Pope just like you and I and so therefore he is just like you and I, in need of a Savior. The God-Man, Jesus Christ, is that Savior. Jesus is my High Priest and He is the reason I can go confidently before the throne of grace in prayer without any need for a Bishop or Pope to tell me I can or cannot. God listens to me because of the intercession done by Jesus Christ, my High Pope.

Heb 4:14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
Heb 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Heb 4:16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Put your trust in someone who truly is “infallible and incapable of error”, Jesus Christ. Stop relying in a false elevation of mankind. The Pope will never do you any good in regards to eternity. The only thing he is good at is deceiving you from seeing the TRUE GOD and His TRUE SAVIOR, the God-Man, Jesus Christ.

funeral for Chavez


by
 DENNY BURK

MARCH 7, 2013

The head of Venezuela’s presidential guard was with Hugo Chávez during his final moments. His report on Chávez’s last words paints a picture of a man desperately clinging to life. According to this report, Chávez said:I don’t want to die. Please don’t let me die.

As a rule, I’m no fan of socialist dictators—particularly those of Chávez’s ilk. But this strikes me as one of the saddest things I’ve ever read. I grieve to think about what the horror of his final moments must have been like. Death is no respecter of persons—not even of billionaire Presidents who command a cult-like following among their countrymen. Not even of you. As the old hymn has it, “Time like an ever-flowing stream bears all its sons away.” None of us will escape this great equalizer.

But the great question we all have to ask ourselves is this: Will we be ready? Will our last words exhibit the desperation of a person who knows that it is all slipping away? Of a person who has the foreboding sense that something more terrible than he can imagine waits just on the other side? Or will our final words reflect the confidence that Christ has defeated the final enemy (1 Cor. 15:26)? The confidence that whoever trusts in Jesus Christ will live even if he dies (John 11:25)?

If the moment of your demise were descending upon you and you could see it coming as Chávez could, what would you say? That is the great question of your life. It’s the great question of every person’s life.

Psalm 90:10-12
10 As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years,
Or if due to strength, eighty years,
Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow;
For soon it is gone and we fly away.
11 Who understands the power of Thine anger,
And Thy fury, according to the fear that is due Thee?
12 So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to Thee a heart of wisdom.

                                                                                                                 

Let one thing be the surest thing in your mind, your eternal destiny. How foolish to be weighed in the balances and to be found wanting when you could of tipped the scales aforehand. Search your heart. Search for God. He will be found.

Jeremiah 29:13 

You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

Chavez is realizing he should have sought God when he could have been found. I am afraid for Chavez, it was too late.

The Rumours Of His Parties...

The Rumours Of His Parties… (Photo credit: Brainless Angel)

Richard Cory

Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean favored, and imperially slim.

And he was always quietly arrayed,
And he was always human when he talked;
But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
“Good-morning,” and he glittered when he walked.

And he was rich – yes, richer than a king –
And admirably schooled in every grace:
In fine, we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place.

So on we worked, and waited for the light,
And went without the meat, and cursed the bread;
And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
Went home and put a bullet through his head.

Didn’t see that coming did you?

Let’s review, Richard Cory had everything a person could want: like-ability,health, attractiveness, attitude(swag), beauty, intelligence, money, fame, and admirers. Richard Cory illustrates how wealth cannot bring contentment. You can’t fill emptiness with more emptiness because in the end all you get is nothing. Are you hungry right now? How about a few hours from now? Hunger is temporarily satisfied and then hungry again. Materialism is the same way it’s like our metaphysical hunger and it’s insatiable.

Apart from God’s living water and bread of life we will always thirst and always hunger. Richard Cory supposedly had the whole world in his hands but instead reached for a pistol and took his own life because he could not see anyone or anything to satisfy his thirst. “The key to life is not money, power, respect or even two private jets (Lecrae) but it is the bread of life and his name is Jesus Christ.  Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. (John 6:35)

 

Our Thoughts

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I read this morning in II Corinthians 11. Paul says that he is concerned for the Corinthians that their thoughts would be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. Our thoughts do not drift and wander at their own will. They are led and directed, and if we aren’t doing that through the power of God, then something else will. This passage focuses not on what we shouldn’t think about but on what should fill our minds. We need to direct our thoughts towards a sincere and pure devotion for Christ. The fight for godliness begins in the mind, a mind that think correctly and devotedly about Jesus, his spirit, and his gospel.

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Here is an email that my Mother wrote about our latest condition. If you have time I would appreciate you taking the time to read the email and pray. Thanks. You may not know it but you all have encouraged me through this site with our partnering in the gospel together. Again, thanks.

“We’re out of ideas.” Not exactly what you ever want your doctor to say, but this was the news we received on Tuesday. Kevin’s case has been examined and re-examined by every medical brain Dartmouth has to offer, he has been tested for every obvious and obscure condition, and his transplant doc admits that everyone (and I mean everyone) is baffled. Both he and the doctor in charge of plasmapheresis (whom our transplant doc describes as the most brilliant man he knows) were convinced that the plasma treatments would be the answer. But after 3 weeks, they are back to square one, seeing no results that indicate any real improvement and so plasmapheresis has been discontinued.  Whatever it is that caused his original kidney failure is back at work on the transplant, and nothing they have tried to do is reversing it. For now, he will be continuing chemo (4 infusions over 10 days and then a week off) and his next two treatments will be Friday and Tuesday in Keene. We are thankful not to be making 3 trips a week to Dartmouth for awhile.

The latest new development is a serious joint inflammation in his knee making it impossible for him to walk. His knee started stiffening up on Friday, and by Sunday he couldn’t stand or walk. On Monday he could only get around by wheelchair.  On Tuesday when we went up for his chemo and transplant appointment, they got him right in with the rheumatologist on his case after seeing his knee. The doctor drained a surprising amount of fluid and gave him a cortisone shot, but as of today he has seen little improvement and can only hobble around with a crutch. Cam has been with us since Saturday…I don’t know what I would have done without her help (and keeping us laughing). =) He has had this rotating joint pain for months that comes and goes at random, but nothing has ever lasted this long or been this swollen and painful. So whether it is related to everything else or something completely new—yep, you guessed it…no one knows. If it hasn’t improved by Friday, they may schedule an MRI to see what’s going on in there.

The team of doctors at Dartmouth now feels they need to send him to Boston for a fresh set of eyes and some additional brain power. We don’t know the date yet, but he will probably be going to Beth Israel for a consultation in the next week or two.

As we take this next step…to quote John Piper again, “The question is not whether ______________ is easy, but whether Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” Fill in the blank with your own circumstances. We all wrestle at times with questions, but it’s all about asking the right ones.  I can never be reminded of that too often.