Knowing Jesus as a Person

I’ve been a follower of Christ since I was 12 years old.  That was a long time ago.  I have been involved in various capacities of ministry for over 20 years.  I am not a novice when it comes to church life, the Bible, preaching, praying, or anything else that goes along with the Christian

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Jesus, a Pharisee and a Sinner

In Luke 7:36-50, we find a very interesting story.  It’s where a woman, whom Luke addresses as a sinner, anoints Jesus’ feet with ointment and washes his feet with her hair.  All this happens while Jesus is eating at the home of a Pharisee.  There’s some interesting things to note here.  The first of them

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Clearance Sale Jesus

A friend and I were talking one day about the cost of following Jesus. Following Jesus is a costly thing.  He said Himself that if we didn’t give up everything to follow Him that we couldn’t be His disciple (Luke 14:33).  That’s costly. It’s not about us working to receive salvation. It’s about being in

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Allowing God To Love You

For most of my life I have been on what I like to call the “treadmill of performance”.  It started because of rejection that I suffered as a kid and especially as a teenager.  I was saved at the age of 12 after my parent’s divorce.  I bounced back and forth between my father’s house

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Redemption Means You Have Value!

The word redemption is key to the Christian faith.  It’s woven throughout the Bible and it’s the reason that Jesus came.  He came to redeem us.  The word redeem means to buy back or pay off.  When one wants to redeem something they give something else of value in exchange for the item.  Someone will

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God is Not Rude

The greatest advice on how to live our lives was given by Jesus.  We know it as the Golden Rule.  Jesus told his first followers to treat others as you would want to be treated.  That’s the best way to treat people….the way you want to be treated.  All of us want to be treated

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God is not Arrogant

So many people tend to look at God with an idea based upon the Greek/Roman gods.  In America we don’t realize how much we have been influenced by Greek thought.  We tend to look and view God from a “god perspective” versus a “father perspective”.  We don’t even use His name (Yahweh), rather we just

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God is not Boastful

As a follower of Jesus I have listened to a lot of sermons, read a lot of books and articles.  I have heard so many different ideas about the nature and character of God.  Some have been right on and line up with the life of Jesus.  Others are gross misunderstandings of the nature of

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God is not Envious

In 1 Corinthians 13 we find the Apostle Paul giving us the definition of what love is.  We understand that God is love (1 John 4:7).  Since God is love, we can read 1 Corinthians 13 by replacing the word love with the word God.  In this way, we can see the true nature of

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God is Love — Love is Patient — So God is Patient

I struggle with impatience.  I know that many people today do as well.  We live in such a fast paced society where everything is at our disposal.  We want it now, and we want it our way.  Unfortunately, many people view God as being impatient with us.  People believe that God is very demanding and

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