Posts by John Longmire

Posts by John Longmire

We Are A Fallen Race – Genesis 3:4-6

“No! You will certainly not die,” the serpent said to the woman. “In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” The woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her,…

God Designed and Blessed the Family – Matthew 19:4-6

“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that he who created them in the beginning made them male and female, and he also said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Matthew 19:4-6)   Reflection: In this passage, Jesus is quoting Moses’ description of the human…

Human Beings – The Image of God – Genesis 1:26-27

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, the whole earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.” So God created man in his own image; he created him in the image of God; he created them male and female. (Genesis 1:26-27)   Reflection: God has made human beings in His own image, both in the formation of…

Foundations: What We Believe About God – God is Revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – Matthew 28:18-20

Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)   Reflection: The Trinity explains how God has chosen to reach into…

Foundations: What We Believe About God – God Has Plans for My Life – Jeremiah 29:11-13

For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. You will call to me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:11-13)   Reflection: God has plans for your life and they are good plans indeed. But those plans are…

Foundations: What We Believe About God – God Calls Me to Share in His Holiness – 1 Peter 1:15-16

But as the one who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy. (1 Peter 1:15-16)   Reflection: Few people understand what holiness means, yet here is a necessary characteristic of all those who would follow after God! There are two basic meanings to the idea of holiness. The first means “different” or “set apart,” just as a temple or church building is different…