I’ve noticed the people I know who most resemble Jesus, hold on to their expectations ever so lightly.
“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me…” (John 6:44-45)
No one can come unless they’re drawn.
Jesus said to the crowd, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.”
Youngs Literal Translation says it this way, “no one is able to come unto me, if the Father who sent me may not draw him…” (John 6:44-45 YLT)
For centuries now, Christians have debated the meaning of verses like this one. God’s sovereignty vs. our free will. Calvinism vs. Arminianism. John Calvin’s theology vs. Jacobus Arminius’s theology. And then there’s a huge number of Christians who hold views that are mixtures of the two. I’m not going to attempt to resolve a debate that began almost five hundred years ago and continues today.
But I will speak to anyone who reads this verse and worries that they may be a person who hasn’t been drawn to Jesus by God the Father.
Am I Drawn? Am I Saved? Continue reading
“The surest way to work up a crusade in favor of some good cause is to promise people they will have a chance of maltreating someone. To be able to destroy with good conscience, to be able to behave badly and call your bad behavior ‘righteous indignation’–this is the height of psychological luxury, the most delicious of moral treats.”
“for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” James 1:20
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“If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”
(From the archives, an article that’s been trending lately: The Consequences of Ignoring God)
Guilt, Fear, And A Crushed Spirit
Continuing our series on suffering, today we’ll look at how ignoring God can crush your spirit.
Proverbs 28:1 says,
The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are bold as a lion.
Why is that do you think? Why do the wicked flee when no one is pursuing?
The proverb is a reference to Continue reading
This is where you want to be in life: The place where you love Jesus so much, you live to do his will, to bless him, to please him.
Image via Wikipedia-labeled for reuse on Google Images, Italian, early 14th century
Read John 6:28-43.
Last post from the book of John we saw how Jesus called out the crowd. He told them the reason they went to the trouble to find him was because he fed them, when he multiplied the loaves and the fish. Then he instructed them to work “for food that endures to eternal life,.which the Son of Man will give you.”
This prompted the people to ask, “What is it we should do, to do the works of God?”
Jesus responded, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he sent.” (If you’re interested you can read the last post here: Is Believing In Jesus All That’s Required? (Because after all, Jesus gave us commands)–John 6:22-40
The Cynical Seeking A Sign
After Jesus says the work of God is to “believe in him whom he sent,” the crowd is cynical toward Jesus. And they say: Continue reading
“For nine months I was in bed without moving, at all, just my head. And every single doctor told me, I would never walk again, ever. I had picked my wheelchair. It was bright, like my shoes. I had decided I was going to go to Special Olympics… with that wheelchair because it had the [kind of] wheels for that. I was literally rooted to my bed, and I could not move, and everybody told me that I would never move again. And then one day, while reading the scriptures for only the first or second time… I came across this passage: Luke 17:5-6”
From Gaby Viesca’s excellent teaching on 06/26/2016, Growing Together, Luke 17:1-6
Image via Christos Doulkeridis – Creative Commons
The Article About Anger That Might Make You Angry
I have to confess, I was reluctant to write and publish this article about anger, because I’m concerned it will make people angry. But maybe in spite of my better judgment…
If you follow my Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ accounts you know I put up scripture on these almost every day. More than one person has criticized me for it, but what can I say–I’m a Jesus nerd. I’m completely fascinated by this ancient Jewish Rabii, so much so that I just can’t help myself. I want to learn as much as I can about him and I want to share him with others. Anyway, recently, on Facebook, I posted the words from Jesus, “…I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment…” (Matthew 5:22) And a friend of mine, Danny, asked in the comment section, “What do you think is meant by ‘brother’?” Continue reading
Things I Heard In Church: Where The Dishonest Manager Placed His Bet
Jesus tells the story of this manger who was about to be judged by his master, his boss, because he was wasting his master’s possessions.
The master calls him in and says, “What’s this I hear about you? Turn in your stuff. You can no longer be my manager.”
And the manager Continue reading