The Good News

Discussion of the Best News in the World, the Gospel of Jesus, and related topics

Messiah

Gospel of John 2

Gospel of John 1

How Millennials Can Avoid Poverty

I love this! I heard a talk given to 6th and 7th graders about the “Success Sequence” and itImage result for young couple w children   is really true!

The formula is so, so simple.

1. Graduate from high school;

2. Maintain a full-time job or have a mate who does; and

3. Have children while married, should they choose to become parents.

It’s that simple.  Get a high school education, maintain a full-time job and have children in marriage, not out.

If you have the ethics to achieve these, the  great percentage of millennial aged people will avoid poverty.

The fuller story can be found here,

He will hold me fast

Internet Addiction

This great talk covers many Addictions.  You may not be aware of them.  Do these affect you?

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Alabaster Jar

I have come to appreciate the profound role women played in telling the story of redemption through the Old and New Testaments.  This story has profound significance in defining sin and forgiveness.

Today I look at Luke 7 as Jesus visits the home of a Pharisee.  A Pharisee is one Jew who carefully obeys the Law and the traditions of their sect.  A Pharisee invites Jesus for lunch and Jesus accepts the invitation.  They are sitting at table and a woman of the city was allowed in.  She moves to Jesus, weeps & wipes his feet with her tears, kisses his feet and anoints them with ointment.

She’s noted in the passage as a “sinner.”

She’s noted as a sinner?  How do Pharisees refer to and view themselves?  Righteous? and with few or no sins?  Either way, they are blind.  The system the Pharisees built was created on false premises.  Man can keep rules perfectly but his heart is still wicked.  They built a system of rules.  They kept the rules and they were righteous in their own eyes.  They projected that righteous image on all of society.

This woman kept no rules.  She presented herself and wept over her sin and saw Jesus’ righteousness.  She knew she was a sinner and repented of her sin.

After telling a story to the table, Jesus turns to the woman & describes the humility, grace, love and deference she has shown Him.  She loved Him much because her sins were forgiven.  Her love is a response to the reality of forgiveness.

Jesus boldly declares that the woman’s sins are forgiven!   Jews knew no man can forgive sins.  Only God can!  Jesus said to the woman, “your faith has saved you! Your sins are forgiven. Go in peace!”

P e a c e —the whole world seeks peace and Jesus is the only way to find it!  He satisfies the deepest needs & longings of the heart.  Peace is one of those needs.  With it you rest, trust & lay back on him!

This woman of the city left graced and free. She found peace that day.  If you come to gentle Jesus, He forgives sin and graces you with peace–a peace that stays near.

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Jesus did not go to the home to dine with the Pharisee and his family, not even his disciples who accompanied him.  Jesus went to the Pharisee’s home for this woman. Jesus will step into darkness and face evil for his own.  He truly knows and goes after his sheep.  He came after me!  I am so glad he did. I humbly say “I am his!”

 

 

 

In Christ Alone

Hebrews 12, Opening Verses

I have a consistent way to engage Scripture but sometimes (rarely) it turns out like the Amplified Bible.  Here is one example.  I loved these verses this morning as I read through.

¹We are surrounded by the eternal and the glorified.  We are surrounded by an even greater cloud of witnesses than those in Hebrews 11.

I’m called to lay aside every weight, distraction, encumbrance and sin, especially those which easily entangle me and run with endurance (practice every day to build endurance) the race that is set before (and ready to take whatever comes).

²Look to Jesus as source & perfecter of faith in me.  Remembering that He endured with joy the Cross, despised the shame brought on Him and finally after enduring all suffering for me and He is seated at the right hand of the Father: enthroned to manage His created order.

³Jesus is my example in endurance, who endured unbelievable hostility and abuse by men.  May I not grow weary and faint nor lose heart.

Good, Good Father

We have such a good Father!