Searching boldly in the Word of God to answers to life and faith.
Not So Private...
Faith isn't just between you and God; it involves those around you too. - We either think or are pressured to think that religion and faith are personal things that must remain completely private. Yet, some personal things are obviously public at the same time. Just because it's personal doesn't mean it is also private.
Faith isn't just between you and God; it involves those around you too.
You Can't Have it Both Ways
To have new life means the old life has to die. - Can you imagine going on a diet and still eating whatever you want whenever you want? Yeah, you probably can, but it doesn't work very well does it?! If we want to see a change in our lives we can't keep living the same way. The new way has to take over and the old way has to stop. It's the same with our faith.
To have new life means the old life has to die.
You need Jesus, not religion, to make you holy. - I have gone through the motions of religion, and sometimes poured myself legalistically into it, thinking that my actions will result in making the change I want to see or in making me acceptable to God. It never works though. And, it doesn't have to work, because God doesn't need me to make myself holy. He sent Jesus to do that.
You need Jesus, not religion, to make you holy.
Sugar to the Cookie
Jesus is the key ingredient for all of Life. - We like to think that religion can just be something personal and quiet, that doesn't affect other parts of our lives. We try to keep our faith out of certain parts of our lives and that ends up harming those parts. It's like baking half of the bacth of cookies with sugar and half without. If you want them to taste right, you have to add Jesus to the whole mix!
Jesus is the key ingredient for all of life.
Drop the Charge
You can't have unity if there's a charge between you. - There are many times in our lives when people hurt and wrong us. These are sometimes just mistakes or misunderstandings, but sometimes they are just violations and legitimate offenses. When those things take place, a gap forms between us and them and until there is forgiveness that takes place, that gap will exist.
you can't have unity if there's a charge between you.
Why Are You Here?
Life is not about you; you are here to give not get. - Frequently we treat people well in order to get something in return. This happens in casual relationships, in our marriages and families, with strangers and even at work. There are even people in our lives whom we are nice to ONLY because we want to get something from them. Jesus lived in a different way though, and Paul makes it clear we should be living like Him.
Life is not about you; you are here to give not get.
Eph 6:5-8 & Phil 2:3-8