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Who Are You? (Part 6)

The United Nations created the modern nation of “Israel” in 1948 as a homeland for Jews displaced during World War II. Many English and American politicians supported this because their religious beliefs rested on the belief that a political nation of Israel MUST always exist, as God’s “eternally-chosen” people. The idea that the church could replace “national” Israel as the focus of God’s affection completely disrupts their theology! The bible’s image of a “Jew” is very different from the modern,…

Who Are You? (Part 5)

What does the word “married” bring to mind? For most folks, it means “a man plus a woman, committed for life” (this agrees with Jesus’ words in Matthew 19:5, quoting Genesis 2:24 – “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh”). The most significant part is what He then said in verse 6; “…what God has joined together, let not man separate.” This has been the basic…

Who Are You? (Part 4)

As Paul challenged Timothy to be a faithful Christian “soldier” (2 Timothy 2:2-4), he mentioned a crucial attitude for Timothy to cultivate in that role – the desire to “please” our “Captain!” One of the first lessons a new recruit learns in boot camp is “who’s in charge” (and it’s NOT the new recruit!). Christians are described as “soldiers” because Jesus calls us to “ENLIST” in His “army!” It’s no accident that He is described as the “captain” of our…

Who Are You? (Part 3)

“Disciple” is exclusively a new testament word, except for Isaiah 8:16. It appears more than 250 times. Even though Jesus didn’t actually use the word disciple when He called Peter and Andrew to “follow” Him (Matthew 4:18-20; Mark 1:17-18), their response is an excellent illustration of what it means. If we are going to be Christians like Peter and Andrew were, we too must be DISCIPLES of Jesus Christ! “What IS a ‘disciple’?” The Greek word means a “follower,” a…

Who Are You? (Part 2)

Who are you? How you “describe” yourself tells a lot about what’s genuinely important, in your own mind! I hope the word at the “top” of your list is Christian! In Ephesians 2:19 Paul describes Christians as “…no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God….” Last week we focused here on word saints. If we pursue this idea a little farther we learn that being a “saint” means LIVING in…

Who Are You? (Part 1)

Who are you? How you “describe” yourself tells a lot about what’s genuinely important in your own mind! Our self-identities might include words like husband or wife, parent or child, teacher or student, or perhaps a description of your occupation. I hope the word at the “top” of your list is “Christian!” In a brief series of articles, we’ll take note of several new testament words the Holy Spirit used to describe those who have trusted in and obeyed Jesus’…

Motives for Godly Living

Are there things in life that you need motivation to accomplish? Going to the gym? Cleaning the house? Homework? It is natural to need motivation. You can read books about how to become motivated, listen to motivational music, etc. In fact, some people make a living at being “motivational speakers.” When it comes to motivation, some people are self-motivating and others require an outside source. Even when we turn our attention to Christianity, the same is true – we need…

Making Our Compassion Cards WORK

As a congregation, we’ve been writing and sending “compassion cards” to various neighbors, friends, and even some family members, for about three months now. As far as I know, we’ve received only positive feedback from those who have received them, and no one has complained about receiving them. Compassion cards “raise our profile” in the community (that is, they cause the recipients to “notice” the church in a positive way – and this is a good thing!). Compassion cards are…

Worship In Sorrow

In our lives, there are times when we assemble together with the rest of the church body, and we find it difficult to focus on our worship to God, because of the time of sorrow in our life. We may tell ourselves something along the lines of, “I just have too much going on right now. I’ll worship better next time.” The truth is, albeit hard to accept sometimes, that those are the times in our life where we should…

Being HOLY

God told ancient Israel, “…I am the LORD your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy. Neither shall you defile yourselves with any creeping thing that creeps on the earth. 45 For I am the LORD who brings you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy” (Lev. 11:44-45). God called His people to be “holy” from the very beginning…

Do Not Be Bitter – Be Better

We all know who they are. Maybe they are a friend, a co-worker, or a family member. Even sadly, they are found amongst God’s people: the church. They walk around with hatred and anger in their hearts. They rarely smile, and their words are infused with venom. Their attitude is sour, and their demeanor is repulsive. These people suffer from a sin the Bible calls “bitterness.” It can be found in all walks of life, from the workforce to sports.…

Reach Out to Grow

Acts 8:4 says that early Christians responded to the vicious persecution of Saul and other Jewish leaders by going “everywhere preaching the gospel.” That first generation of the church grew at an astounding rate – thousands of new Christians in only a few months, perhaps hundreds of thousands in only a few years. The key to their phenomenal growth is the fact that “ordinary” Christians did the sharing, caring, and teaching. They didn’t wait for elders, preachers, or “experts” to…