What If?

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Personal knowledge of Jesus is EVERYTHING we need for real life. Within His five works, we have the answers to every life problem, every temptation, and every blessing. Incarnate Jesus shows us that our Savior really understands the struggles of life on this earth and models how to resist temptation. Crucified Jesus paid the ultimate price to remove the sin-barrier between us and our Creator. Ascended Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to live in us and empower us. Jesus, who is seated at God’s right hand, is the Name above all names, the Power above all powers. But what about the risen Jesus? How does this part of Jesus’ work affect us? Strangely, I struggled with this one. But then, I realized that I was looking too closely. I was examining a leaf when I should have been looking at the whole mountain vista. When I backed up, the whole picture became clear. The resurrection of Jesus gives power to EVERYTHING! And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. Therefore, those who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished. If we have put our hope in Christ for this life … Read More

A Place of Belonging

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There is something about Christmas that gives us a glimpse of how things are supposed to be. We picture loving families opening gifts by the fireside as the falling snow outside insulates them from the cares of life. We dream of a peaceful Christmas at a large family table covered with delicious ham, prime rib, mashed potatoes, and homemade desserts. The pain of Christmas is that these ideals are ridiculously unattainable for so many. Maybe a loved one is absent because of death or estrangement. Perhaps tragedy has left hearts raw and bleeding. But still that desire remains for a peaceful sense of belonging. A place where all are loving and loved. The Creator put that desire in our hearts in the garden of Eden. He created mankind to thrive in a close friendship with Him. Into each heart, He formed a void that longs for oneness with the Father. Sin may have given Adam and Eve the knowledge they desired, but it also ripped them away from their place of happiness and peace. No, that place was not the garden…their place of happiness was the Father Himself. That is why Christmas is such a nostalgic time. Our collective souls … Read More

When Knowledge is Divine Power

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In a room filled with 1700 women, Bible teacher Beth Moore gave an assignment. As a college student, I might have groaned at the thought of a research assignment, but my current self was filled with excitement. First, Beth explained that we have everything we need for life and godliness through Jesus, according to 2 Peter 1:3. His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Anything we could possibly need to live a fruitful life is found in Jesus. Every tool to keep us from falling into sin is found in God’s Son. What an amazing concept!! It seems too good to be true. But how do we actually access this “everything”? We access it by gaining knowledge of Jesus. Read the verse again. Through knowledge of Jesus, God can give us this “everything”. The more we learn about Jesus, the more we have access to this divine power that provides all the things we need for life and godliness. We cannot claim this power until we actively search the Bible to learn all we can about Jesus. Next, Beth explained that … Read More

Put on Your Big Girl Pants

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The mother gently wiped the food from her child’s chin. She quickly dipped into the baby food jar for another spoonful of pureed pears. Her daughter eagerly swallowed the soft sweetness before reaching for her sippy cup of milk. Oops. The cup dropped on the floor, knocking the lid loose and spraying milk all over the floor. The mother sighed at the thought of another mess to clean up. This scene has been repeated over and over in any household with young children. My mother fed me. I spoon-fed my kids. It is a rite of passage for mothers and babies. But what if that spoon-fed child were a normal 10-year-old? Or what if she were in her 20’s or 30’s? Then the opening paragraph takes on strange undertones. It would make you wonder why a healthy adult still wasn’t feeding herself. You might suspect serious psychological issues with the mother-daughter relationship. At the very least, you would consider the adult daughter to be quite immature. Now let’s shift the analogy to the spiritual realm. Just as it is completely normal for a baby to crave milk and be fed by her mother, so it is normal for a new Christian … Read More