by Sue Stratton
How God introduces Himself to us by His personal name tells us a great deal about how he wants to relate to us each day
Old Testament professor Susan Stratton is famous for her rich insights into the names and ‘Presence’ of God. Her passionate teaching in classrooms, retreats, (and coffee shops) have richly blessed her students, her children, and her adoring husband. Read more of this post
Here is a note I wrote to Anane in Ghana. This note captures what I believe about my Jesus and His true identity.
I know there are many out there who claim to be “Christian” or other similar term that question and deny that Jesus, the person who came in the flesh and was born to a woman, Mary, could be God.
By denying this they are denying events in the Old Testament. God appears many times in the Old Testament to those who put their faith in God who is Jehovah. Jesus is God in the flesh. Jesus was God in the flesh in the Old Testament. The God of the Old Testament is all powerful–He can do anything! He can and did appear to His people in the flesh.
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This is a reblog of an earlier blog about Billy Lind’s life. It is relevant to a new discussion on homosexuality.
A Christian at transformation time (conversion) said that was his state. He knew something had happened–something good! But, he didn’t understand what had happened or how it happened. He just knew, even though he could not explain what had happened to him.
You’ll hear these phrases in this video if you want to take a look. Now this is a real conversion from a very bad state of being.
More of Billy Lind.
Billy’s Written story
Worship the Christ, The Savior of the World!
Part of the battle we are all engaged in if we cast our lot with the Messiah and follow Jesus the Christ, is repentance. Here is what Steve Brown has said about repentance. This is very good.
“Repentance is so often misunderstood. Repentance is not changing; it is God’s way to change us. The Greek word for ‘repent’ refers to ‘changing one’s mind.’ It isn’t changing one’s behavior as is often taught. If it is that, then there are times we can repent and other times (especially in obsessive or besetting sin) when it is simply impossible.
…For years, I taught that repenting was not just asking for forgiveness for spilling the milk… it was getting a mop and cleaning it up, and then going to the store to buy some more milk for the person who owned it. So, because I believed that, I could not repent of some bad stuff in my life and I thereby robbed myself of one of the most important and wonderful teachings of the Bible. God changes us and sanctification is as much a work of God’s grace as is justification.
…Thus, I teach that repentance isn’t changing. It is ‘knowing who you are, who God is, what you have done and going to Him with it.’ At that point the ball is in God’s court and He begins an amazing work of the Holy Spirit in making us more and more like Jesus.
From at dialogue @: The Internet Monk.
God came down in the form of man! He relates to us in so many ways.
He did this for you–so that you relate to Him, believe in Him, seek Him with all your heart. Use this reflection on who Jesus is to inspire your heart to worship Him!
- He Was Pierced for Our Transgressions (disciplesofhope.wordpress.com)
- The Power of the Cross. (angelamccauley.wordpress.com)
These passage are given here to produce wonder and awe inspired by the revelation of the Dear One, beloved, redeemer–the Lord God!
Here are more names from the article on the Blue Letter Bible site about our the Lord God. Use these names to help you worship Him more deeply than you have in the past ever!! God bless you as you worship your Lord today!
Costly grace and why it costs go much from Dietrich Bonhoeffer (The Cost of Discipleship)
Costly grace is the treasure hidden in the field; for the sake of it a man will go and sell all that he has. It is the pearl of great price to buy which the merchant will sell all his goods. It is the kingly rule of Christ, for whose sake a man will pluck out the eye which causes him to stumble; it is the call of Jesus Christ at which the disciple leaves his nets and follows him.
Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock.
Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life. It is costly because it condemns sin, and grace because it justifies the sinner. Above all, it is costly because it cost God the life of his Son: “ye were bought at a price,” and what has cost God much cannot be cheap for us. Above all, it is grace because God did not reckon his Son too dear a price to pay for our life, but delivered him up for us. Costly grace is the Incarnation of God.