In Romans 7, St. Paulsays, “The law is spiritual.” What does that mean? If the law were physical, then it could be satisfied by works, but since it is spiritual, no one can satisfy it unless everything he does springs from the depths of the hea…
If you have a Sunday school image of Jesus as mousy and passive, [the Book of] Revelation will help you forget it. The risen Christ appears to John in chapter 1, and John faints. Jesus declares, “Do not be afraid, I am the First and the L…
“In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way where I am going.” (John 14:2-4)
It was a warm Saturday afternoon. A Carolina breeze was steadily moving through the long grass and the proud, full branches. I was driving home, back to the little corner of the world where I grew up. I was en route to a modest house on a corner lot bordered by pine trees, vegetable gardens, and neighbors who still bake casseroles for each other.
I was thinking that when I arrive, my dad (most likely atop his newly painted tractor) will head across the freshly mowed lawn. He’ll hug me long and hard until the back door slams. My mom will reach for me, smiling, and announce, “I’ve a fresh pitcher of iced tea. Who’s ready for a glass?”…
What really matters is home. This is the stuff I am made of. This is what is important to me.
We are all on a homeward journey. God patiently plans our routes and polices our perils. He watches us maneuver through detours and treacherous places. He even sees us make an occasional wrong turn then keep going anyway.
But always He waits. Long ago He paved the way and marked the direction for us to come to Him. He prepared a place of rest that is beyond the reaches of our imaginations – a welcome center built by His own hand.
— Janet Pachal in The
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life.'” (John 14:6a NIV)In the two thousand years since the birth of Christ, men and women in all parts of the world have found that the key to the present and to the future has been centering their …
“He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant — not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” (2 Corinthians 3:6 NIV)
“Rule-keeping does not naturally evolve into living by faith,” Paul wrote, “but only perpetuates itself in more and more rule-keeping.” In other words, it only results in a rule-keeping, desire-smothering, Bible reading, emotion-controlling, self-righteous person who is not like me. In the end, I cannot follow God if I don’t trust that He really has my best interests at heart.
The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. There is an enormous difference between following rules and following Jesus, because I can follow rules without cultivating the right heart.
— John Ortberg in The Me I Want to Be
Just allow people to see Jesus in you — to see how you pray, to see how you lead a pure life, to see how you deal with your family, to see how much peace there is in your family. Then you can look straight into their eyes and say “This is the way….
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)Limitations force us to yield, to abandon ourselves to our creator, God. And when we do, His creativity flows!– Joni Eareckson Tada#3617
Here is the great truth that, only when we see things in the light of God, do we see things as they are. It is only when we see things in the light of God that we see what things are really important, and what things are not. These things t…
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)In 1986, there was a woman by the name of Rose Crawford who had been blind for 50 years. Why? Because no one had told…
Some of the most obvious considerations, when thinking about the supremacy of Christ, are the claims He made about Himself. Other teachers said they were telling the truth. Christ said, “I … am the truth” (John 14:6). Other teachers asked people to follow their teachings. Christ asked people to follow Him. More than twenty times in the Gospels Jesus spoke about the need to follow Him. The other great leaders taught people to worship God… Jesus accepted the worship of Thomas (John 20:28). Jesus made statements that clearly implied that He was God, and some of His hearers were so scandalized by these remarks that twice they wanted to stone Him for blasphemy (John 8:54-59; 10:30, 31).
Seven “I am” statements appear in John’s Gospel, showing that Christ claimed to be the source of eternal life. He said, “I am the bread of life” (6:35); “I am the light of the world” (8:12); “I am the gate” (10:7, 9); “I am the good shepherd” (10:11); “I am the resurrection and the life” (11:25); “I am the way and the truth and the life” (14:6); “I am the true vine” (15:1). Leon Morris reminds us that “in each case the Greek form of ‘I am’ is emphatic.” Each saying includes the personal pronoun “I.” “There is no need to include the personal pronoun unless emphasis is required.” Morris concludes that to Jewish ears, the words I am“aroused associations of the divine.” These and other statements of Christ make us agree with J. T. Seamands’ statement that the uniqueness of Christ “is not something we concede to Christ, but something He confronts us with.”
— Ajith Fernando in The Christian’s Attitude Toward World Religions