Tag: love

The Simple Truth

While the Bible is a large and complex manuscript, it is in reality a simple message.  There are essentially three major components:  the battle between good and evil, our salvation, and our path forward as followers of Jesus Christ.  We can consolidate the Bible…

7 Ways to be closer to God

Children have a purity about them that is hard to find in adults.  A young heart is more open and ready to love and a young mind is more inclined to change.  One of the best ways to be closer to God is to…

Prescription for Christian Living

In chapters twelve and thirteen of the book of Romans, the apostle Paul gives us a long list of do’s and don’ts that paint a graphic picture of a well-managed Christian life.  It would be a good idea to keep this list on your…

Autopilot

When we are learning a new skill, there are a bunch of rules and precise steps that need to be followed to achieve success.  In the beginning, we tend to stress over each and every rule to the point that our efforts are weakened. …

The True Vine

In his final instruction to the twelve apostles, Jesus presented the heart of His teaching in a vivid illustration that every gardener will understand.  Jesus calls Himself the vine and God the Father the gardener. “I am the true vine, and my Father is…

Change

And Jesus said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 18:3 (NIV) Adults tend to be set in their ways and resistant to change.  Children are open to new ideas…

The Awesome Power of God

The awesome power of God seems to get overlooked by most people.  The miracles performed by Jesus and His apostles are so long ago we tend to discount them as something of the past – something unavailable to us today.  While there are some…

Reap what you Sow

The Bible provides us with a simple process for making our lives complete.  This process has nothing to do with material gain – it’s not about a bigger house, a new car, or a better job.  Those things should not be your ultimate goal. …

Discipleship Discipline Four

(I recommend you follow this study in order starting with Path to Discipleship.) Christian Fellowship The goal of Discipleship Discipline Four is to develop relationships with other believers, support other believers, seek support from other believers, and to develop strategies to do God’s work…

Apples and Oranges

If you plant an apple tree would you expect oranges to grow?  I would hope not.  Seeds are very specific.  What you plant is what you get.  God has given us this simple lesson in all the various kinds of seeds available for planting. …