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Jesus: The Object of Our Faith

Jesus: The Object of Our Faith

What is faith?

Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)- Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

As a Christian I’ve been guilty of answering by quoting this passage. It’s the typical go to scripture we learned in Sunday School.

A couple months ago, a podcast challenged me to read the rest of the chapter. It’s amazing that we can take something so far out of context. 

Relationship Series Part #2

Relationship Series Part #2

The Body of Christ

This is part two in our “Relationship Series”. In this blog I am going to do my best to explain our relationship to God as Christ’s body. Even more than that, I'm going to talk about the state of the body and how we can help it become more unified. I’m going to pull a lot of scripture from 1 Corinthians 12 and 13. If you aren’t familiar with these chapters, I highly recommend reading those in partner with this study. 

Paul begins chapter 12 by saying that there are many gifts that come from the Holy Spirit, but they are all given by the same Spirit. That one Spirit gives many gifts, but he is still one Spirit. In order to understand the importance of his statements we have to look a little deeper into the church of Corinth. 

Relationship Series Part #1

Relationship Series Part #1

This is part one of our relationship series. In this series I will share my understanding of a Christian's relationship with God. I am doing seven parts because I believe if viewing through one lense would have worked, then the writers throughout the Bible wouldn’t have used so many examples to explain our union with God. In many aspects, our relationship with him is like a lot of our earthly relationships, but every example is flawed in one way or another. At the end of the day, he is bigger than anything we can even imagine.

Alright, let’s dig in.

How to be a Light in Your Workplace

How to be a Light in Your Workplace

Jesus’ ministry took place primarily in Israel with a few exceptions. The radius he traveled was roughly 10,000 sq miles. For comparison, my home state of Oklahoma is 69,000 sq miles. His entire ministry could have fit in one state, yet he reached the entire world. 

How?

What Should Christians do with Their Doubt?

What Should Christians do with Their Doubt?

2 Corinthians 5:16-21 (NLT)- "So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ."
 

First off, this will be a fairly long post, but I hope you'll stick around and see where we end up. If not, that's okay. My only request is that you don't partially read this post. It's not one that you can skim and walk away with a better understanding of the gospel. If less people read this because of the disclaimer; that's fine with me. (The estimated reading time is 6 min, 38 sec)

Active Prayer

Active Prayer

Turning: “I'll pray for you.” Into: “How can I help you?"

Here's an example of what I'll be discussing today:

John Doe posts on Facebook: “I am really struggling, I lost my job, and I will possibly lose my house if I don't come up with an extra $100 this week.” Nine people respond with: "I'll pray that God will provide for you." Then one guy gives John $100. The nine people then say: "Look our prayer worked!" and go on about their day. This bothers me because if all the people would have given $10, then there would be no need for a prayer/prayer fulfillment scenario. Instead of everyone giving a little, one person gives a lot. This example includes money, but you could replace money with time, work, or anything else and it would still be just as strange. 

Thankful for the Proof

Thankful for the Proof

I'm sitting in a chair holding the proofs for my book, looking at my daughter, thinking about my wife, and bawling my eyes out. Eight years ago I was a broken drug addict who thought he would die before his 21st birthday. God had different plans.  

How Do I Overcome Fear?

How Do I Overcome Fear?

John 14: 27 (NLT)- “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

Jesus said those words to his disciples when explaining what would happen after his death and resurrection. His peace is more than anything the world can give. I can personally attest to that since I spent a lot of time lost, trying to find anything to give me peace.