You have seen the bumber sticker. “Know Jesus, Know Peace. No Jesus, No Peace.” Yes, it is a life changer. I propose to you a new bumper sticker. ”Know Jesus, Know Everything. Period.” If you truly know Jesus, then you know everything you need to know to have a happy, prosperous, purposeful, fruit-filled life. When you know Jesus, it is not about your pedigree, your wealth, your education or anything else. Jesus is everything we need.
In 2 Kings Chapter 6 we see an interesting story involving Elisha the prophet. A man is working to cut down trees so they can cross the Jordan river. In the process of chopping down a tree, his ax head comes off of the handle and flies into the river. He cries out to Elisha saying it was a borrowed ax. Elisha then took a stick and threw it where the ax head fell in and the iron began to float.
There are probably great theological proofs to be found in this story, but sometimes simpler is best. God cares about borrowed things. Or to take it a step further, God likes to give back borrowed things. Read the rest of this entry
In Luke 13 Jesus talks about the kingdom of heaven. It reads, “He said therefore, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I liken it? It is like unto a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his own garden; and it grew, and became a tree; and the birds of the heaven lodged in the branches thereof.”
Jesus likens the kingdom of heaven to a grain of mustard seed that when planted grows into a large tree. Have you ever wondered why a mustard seed? Read the rest of this entry
This past week I sat and discussed scriptures and doctrine with a wonderful couple for over an hour and a half. They were polite and kind, yet determined and knowledgeable of the scriptures. We spent most of the conversation differentiating between gifts of the Spirit and the gift of the Holy Spirit. I pray a seed was planted in their hearts that causes them to seek for more of God. Read the rest of this entry
I love the story of the cross and how Jesus laid down His life for us. When you truly understand that He died to give us life it make the message even more powerful. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 says it best. Paul said, “Our firm decision is to work from this focused center: One man died for everyone. That puts everyone in the same boat. He included everyone in his death so that everyone could also be included in his life, a resurrection life, a far better life than people ever lived on their own” (The Message). Read the rest of this entry