Blog (Page 138)

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Spiritual Wisdom

Why is there such a terrible disconnect between the church and the world? Since the birth of the church there has been a disconnect between the followers of Jesus Christ and the people of the world. Not only do we behave differently (or at least we should), but we think very differently. In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he highlights this difference and explains that it has to do with the message of the cross. For the word of…

The Call to Unity

This week, we embark on a new series entitled “Live Different,” an exploration into Paul’s letters to the Corinthians. American culture in the 21st century is becoming more like the first century than ever before. Our culture is becoming extremely diverse as many different religions, philosophies and political ideologies attempt to occupy the same space. Yet even as “tolerance” and “pluralism” are celebrated, hostility towards Christianity is increasing. The letters of Paul to the Corinthians will provide us with great…

The First Converts

Christianity is a religion composed entirely of converts. Whether or not we grew up in the church or were baptized as infants, all of us must make a decision to repent of our sins and follow Christ. Pentecost is the birthday of the church when there were 3000 people in Jerusalem who were converted to Christ in a single day. Simon Peter had just finished his great message declaring Christ to be the resurrected Messiah and the fulfillment of Old…

Christ’s Intercession for Us

What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who…

Prayer that God’s will be done.

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and agitated. Then he said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.” And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is…

Power in Prayer

Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and…

The Prayers of Christ – Part One

Jesus of Nazareth was a man of prayer. If we are to follow in his ways, then we too must learn how to pray. In this series, we will explore the prayer life of Jesus Christ as it is expressed in the gospel narratives. Before we can successfully examine the prayer life of Christ, we must first come to an understanding of what prayer is. Prayer is Communion with God Prayer is communion with God. Communion is the highest form…

The Prayer of Christ

John 17 After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave…

The Secret of Overcoming the World

If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me before it hated you. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. Because you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world—therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘Servants are not greater than their master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also. But they…

The Secret of the Holy Spirit

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you. “I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while…