1. Grace and Doubt
    22 Oct, 2018
    Grace and Doubt
    Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.  So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe."  Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you."  Then he
  2. Exclusive and Inclusive
    03 Oct, 2018
    Exclusive and Inclusive
    Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6   There are times when Christians are criticized for being too narrow. "You're so exclusive!" a critic may say.  "You think the only way to God is through Jesus.  Why can't you be more inclusive?  Why can't you be more open-minded to the idea that there is more than one way to God?" I get it. Really. I understand the sentiment. It can seem extremely restrictive to say
  3. Missing the Point
    21 Sep, 2018
    Missing the Point
    You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.  John 5:39-40 Is it possible to study the Scriptures diligently and still miss God's main point? The unfortunate answer to that question is "Yes". In John 5, Jesus was speaking to some of his opponents who wanted to kill him. And he clearly stated something that was absolutely remarkable.   In fact, his statement
  4. When We Don't Understand
    19 Sep, 2018
    When We Don't Understand
    Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.  This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him."  Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."   Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?"  Jesus answered,
  5. Responding to the Hard Words of Jesus
    11 Sep, 2018
    Responding to the Hard Words of Jesus
    Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me.  Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word.  You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father
  6. Freedom
    10 Sep, 2018
    Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.  The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever.  So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." John 8:34-36 Would you volunteer to be a slave? I kinda think you wouldn't. Most of us here in America value our freedoms way too much to allow ourselves to be voluntarily enslaved. Even that phrase "voluntarily enslaved" sounds like an oxymoron to us. No one would