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Jesus is The Everything of The Christian Life

God is faithful, and you were called by him to partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
-1 Corinthians 1:9

Do you carry with you each day these three things?

That God is faithful. That you have been called by God. That God has called you into is partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Do you carry with you the awareness that God is faithful?  God is trustworthy and loyal to faith.  God moves in good faith.  You can trust God.  God's faithfulness is a settled matter and if it is unsettled in us, we need to get it settled.  That's our homework, if it is an issue.

If you are a Christian, you have been called by God into partnership with God's Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Partnership means fellowship or communion.  We call the Eucharist or The Lord's Supper communion because it symbolizes  a participation or sharing in Jesus' broken body and poured out blood to save us.  Eucharist actually means gratitude or thanksgiving.  Communion, as in the Lord…

The Two Disciples and The Two Donkeys

When they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus gave two disciples a task.  He said to them, “Go into the village over there. As soon as you enter, you will find a donkey tied up and a colt with it. Untie them and bring them to me.  If anybody says anything to you, say that the Lord needs it.” He sent them off right away.  Now this happened to fulfill what the prophet said,  Say to Daughter Zion, “Look, your king is coming to you, humble and riding on a donkey, and on a colt the donkey’s offspring.”  The disciples went and did just as Jesus had ordered them.  They brought the donkey and the colt and laid their clothes on them. Then he sat on them.
-Matthew 21:1-7

On what we call Palm Sunday, Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem. But, he had two disciples get two donkeys: a mother donkey and her colt. Jesus rode the young male who had never been ridden before. In his carefulness and perhaps kindness towards these two donkeys, he had th…

We Want Knowledge, God Wants Relationship

Examine the scriptures, since you think that in them you have eternal life. They also testify about me, yet you don’t want to come to me so that you can have life. -John 5:39-40

"God help me always to seek the truth.. and protect me from those who have found it."
-Thomas Moore

"We all have a hunger for certitude, and the problem is that the Gospel is not about certitude, it's about fidelity. So what we all want to do if we can is immediately transpose fidelity into certitude, because fidelity is a relational category and certitude is flat, mechanical category. So we have to acknowledge our thirst for certitude and then recognize that if you had all the certitudes in the world it would not make the quality of your life any better because what we must have is fidelity."
-Walter Brueggemann.

"Certainty is highly over-rated, and is the favorite bastion of every brand of fundamentalism, whether expressed in politics or religion... Certainty puts me in control.…

The Struggle of Salvation

Make every effort to enter through the narrow gate.   
Strive to enter in.  
You must strain every nerve.  
You must struggle to get in.  
Fight your way in.  
You must do your utmost to get in.
Exert every effort to enter through the narrow door.
Work hard to enter the narrow door.
Many, I tell you, will try to enter and won’t be able to.
-Luke 13:24

Is salvation easy or hard?

Jesus' words in this verse seem to indicate that salvation is hard.  We know the price God paid for our salvation.  The crucifixion  was real, it was excruciating for Jesus.  But Jesus is not saying here that it is going to be hard for him.  He is saying that a struggle, an effort has to occur in his hearers to be saved.

Is salvation by works or grace?

Salvation is by grace, through faith (Ephesians 2:8).  You cannot earn it.  He said that we just need to believe in him and we would be saved through him (John 3:16-17).  So, why would Jesus say, "strive to enter in"?  I thought that we were not supposed to stri…

We Won't Go Until We Get Some

He also said to them, “Imagine that one of you has a friend and you go to that friend in the middle of the night. Imagine saying, ‘Friend, loan me three loaves of bread  because a friend of mine on a journey has arrived and I have nothing to set before him.’  Imagine further that he answers from within the house, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up to give you anything.’  I assure you, even if he wouldn’t get up and help because of his friendship, he will get up and give his friend whatever he needs because of his friend’s brashness.  And I tell you: Ask and you will receive. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened to you.  Everyone who asks, receives. Whoever seeks, finds. To everyone who knocks, the door is opened.
-Luke 11:5-10

But Jacob stayed apart by himself, and a man wrestled with him until dawn broke.  When the man saw that he couldn’t defeat Jacob, he grabbed Jacob’s thigh and tore a muscle in Jaco…

Jesus Shows Us How To Love

When everyone was being baptized, Jesus also was baptized. While he was praying, heaven was opened. Luke 3:21

Jesus loves people. Jesus ministry is a ministry of love. How Jesus loved people and how he showed God's love shows us how he will love through us.

The way that God chose to bring salvation to us is to be born among us, live with us, love us, and finally die and be raised from the dead here, where we live, on earth. Jesus lived, loved, and died among people.

God was working through John, who was preaching repentance and leading the people in a baptism of repentance. The people were gathering by the river to hear John preach and they were repenting and being baptized by John, as an act of sincerity in their repentance.

Jesus went down to the river and walked up to John and presented himself for baptism. But Jesus did not need to repent. Jesus wanted to be where the people were and where God was moving among the people. Jesus wanted to be with the people or id…