Take No Thought...

I choose to believe that I cannot fall away from Jesus tomorrow.

There are some who disagree with that perspective.

They believe one is able to walk away from their salvation.

They have every right to be wrong on that particular subject.

But whether one believes that they can or cannot fall away from Jesus tomorrow....

The better way of thinking than either of those two scenarios...

Is to not think about tomorrow at all.

Because today has enough trials and dilemmas of it's own.

Jesus is very wise.

Good words, Lord!

I won't ponder if I might fall away from Him tomorrow.

And I know He has me today.

We Will Not Die

Well,  I had an appointment with my brain surgeon a couple of days ago.

He still shakes his head.  He had never seen anything like it. 

He can't believe that I survived.  I was a few hours from death.

But I'm alive.

Better yet,  Jesus is alive.

We will never die.

The New Testament says that we simply "sleep."

I love that statement.

Taking a nap is always a nice thing.

You lay down and then get back up again. 

We will lay down.  But we will get back up again.

 

More Like Jesus

A sure way to stunt your Christian growth is to focus on it.

No one will add a single inch to their height through worry.

The reverse psychology of the Gospel of Grace is that the less you are focused on yourself...

The more you can and the more you will become more like Jesus.

The Big Three

Peter.  James.  John.

The "Big Three". 

Not merely for who they were but what they meant.

Peter.  His name means "Rock".  Not The Rock, as in Petra.  That is God. 

But a small stone.

James.  His name is Jacob in the Hebrew. 

In both cases, it means "Supplanter".  Or "Replace".

John.  His name means "Jehovah has Grace" in both Greek and Hebrew.

So there is a reason that when these three guys were together....

When they were called apart by Jesus from the other twelve....

It is always in the order of Peter, James, and John. 

No exception.

Why?

The Stone has been Replaced by Grace.

The Law has been superseded.

And these three men knew it more than anyone else! :)

All Things

Life is a journey.

The journey is not always pleasant.

However, it is perfect.

"All things work together for the good to them that love God" Romans 8:28.

Notice, it does not say that "All things are good".  Rather, they are good once put together.

When I consider the various events of my own life,  I don't know if everything is "good".

However, I am convinced that everything combined is good.

Indeed, not a few things.  Or some things....but everything (!) works together for the good.

We Need Jesus

If you and I were to have a leaping contest from the Oregon Coast....you would win.

You would jump further than I into the waters of the Pacific.

However, if we had declared the only "winner" would be the one who reached the coast of Japan in one leap, than neither of us would win.  Even if you jumped an entire foot further than I, the distance is negligible due to the sheer distance which remains.

No matter how many good works one does or commands one keeps in order to justify oneself, it is all irrelevant because of the enormity of the chasm between each of us and the standard that perfection demands.

In other words, nobody is perfect.  Not even your youngest child!

That is why we all need Jesus.

I Need Help

Jesus called His friend Lazarus to "come forth."

He left it up to Lazarus' sisters to "take off the grave clothes and let him go."

Jesus has brought us all out of death and into life.

But most of us (ahem) still have some rags from the past.

Please don't be so offended at mine that you cannot fellowship with me.

I simply need help to get them off!

And oh yeah...

You do too! :)

The Treasure

Did you receive a good inheritance from your parents?

Perhaps they left you a fine estate.  Maybe a large account.

Before they left this Earth, they may have made you a bit wealthier.

Or not.

But this I know....

There is no greater treasure that I have received from my father and mother....

Than that of The Faith.

And not only me but now my own children are enjoying it's legacy, as well.

You may or may not be wealthy.  But you can be wise.

Give to your children the greatest treasure that could ever be given.

Tell them that Jesus is the Son of God and that He loves them.

It is a wealthy inheritance.  Yet it costs you nothing.