New Year’s Ideas

Here we are. It is 2013. when I graduated from high school, 1975, I thought the year 2000 was so far away it might never arrive. I was wrong, lol. We are now in the thirteenth year of the 21st century. Go figure.

With every new year, many people have made “new year’s resolutions.” And it won’t take very long before most people lose track of their resolutions and fail to meet them. I personally do not know anyone who has ever accomplished their new year’s resolutions. I haven’t broken one in over a decade. There is a simple reason for this. I don’t make any so I don’t break any, LOL.

However, each year with the church I serve as pastor, we begin each year with a new focus. For 2013, we have chosen to direct our focus completely around the Bible. Our motto is “Connecting people to God; connecting people to God’s Word.”

We have all made commitments to read through the Bible together. We are determined to let the Bible our only source of teaching for understanding the Bible and life. And I am making a more concerted effort to preach less topically and more exegetically where we let the Scripture speak for itself.

I believe that is close to a series of new year’s resolutions. But it is not just personal, it is corporate. We are doing it together. We are chosing to learn and grow in faith together because we are a church that belongs to Christ.

We want to be people of the word. Will you too?

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Christians and the Political Process

I personally lost track this year with the presidential election. I admit I must choose who to vote for according to my values which are informed with the Bible. I must live according to my conscience in voting for any elected official. I must admit that I fear the direction our country is taking is like the fall of the Roman Empire with the administration, but my participation in the political process has been askew. Though I do believe I voted correctly, the way God would have me choose, I did not live peacefully and quietly in this area of life.

My conscience is guilty. I lost track of what scripture informs me about my role in this world.

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands” (1 Thessalonians 4:11).

Instead of peaceful and quiet living, I have stirred up stress with disagreements about who and what to vote for. I apologize to all who I have encountered this way. I pray for your forgiveness and look forward to living peacefully in the future, choosing to vote according to my conscience as it is informed with God’s word and the Holy Spirit.

Let me encourage you to make that your path too. While praying for our elected officials, trusting wholeheartedly in God’s wisdom and understanding though we may not have access to it now.

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PS: It is and will be hard to keep my big mouth shut and my thoughts to myself in this area. I pray to God for his strength, help and guidance.

Questions on Tragedy

We never expect it to happen but always dread that it will. When the tragedy of Columbine happened our nation was appalled and we searched for a handle on the situation. When the tragedy of 9/11 happened, our nation was even more surprised and questions about God flooded our consciousness. Now we have another tragedy which still surprises us and resurrects the questions . . . again.

The senseless killing of people inflamess the heart of our society. The tragic murder of almost 30 people on Friday has us reeling. I feel horrible about the circumstance and as a minister I am asked the questions. Why does God allow evil to prevail? What did those little six and seven-year old children do to deserve this? How could God let this happen?

And those kind of questions lead to deeper analysis. If God is “all-powerful,” than he would do something about bad things.  So, he is either uncaring toward humanity and our troubles and unwilling to help, or he is enjoying our suffering. That seems to be where it stops. Two options only: (1) God is uncaring or, (2) God is unwilling to help. These are not the only questions about the issue.

There are several facets to answering the problem of evil. And most ministers know the “pat” answers; and they’re correct, but they don’t usually affect the heart and don’t often satisfy the mind, but unless a person has the Spirit of God, we shouldn’t expect others to necessarily get it when given an explanation. Things like: Without pain we wouldn’t know there was something wrong and God allows pain and evil for us to learn discipline and so we will have faith in God and it gives God and his people the opportunity to share his love and compassion and God did do something about evil when Jesus died on the cross and defeated sin, evil, death, and the devil, and more.

The reasons are all true, but it is still sad when the lives of children’s are taken from them at such young ages. I can’t fathom the depth of grief family and friends experience in such circumstances. I have yet to preach or officiate at a baby’s or a child’s funeral. but I have preached many for teens and young adults and the emotions are similar. It is horrible, whether it is an accident, a sickness, a murder, or something else that took the young person’s life. I hate it but am privileged that God has gifted me and I am able to serve in tragic circumstances.

The thing is, when people begin to wonder where God is in tragic and troubling circumstances, they assume that this life is either all there is or this life is the best there is. If those things are true, than the senseless murder of 20 school children, a mother and a father, the other victims and the suicide of the killer are even more tragic.

This life isn’t “it.”  There is more. Jesus did come to defeat sin, evil, and Satan, and he did so by dying and paying for our sins on the cross. When we put our faith in Christ, we are putting our lives in the hands of a living and eternal God who has something incredible in store for us. There is more. Eternity with God where he is, where he dwells where there is no tragic circumstance, where Satan has no power, where all is good and safe.

Revelation 21:1-7; Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.” And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children, NRSV.

First, the heaven and earth that we know will be done away with. Why? To make way for that which is perfect and compete. Sin has been here on earth since shortly after creation (cf, Genesis 1-3), and the devil was with God in heaven when he rebelled and was cast out, so evil and impurity has been where heaven is. And when God creates the new heaven and new earth, they will always be without sin and what sin does. It brings death. Death won’t happen again. It brings crying. there won’t be any reason for tears any longer. It brings pain. Pain will not be a part of anything again. Therefore, nothing that brings hurt or difficulty or trouble will ever occur.

There is more to this life, there is the eternal life to come for those who are in Christ. Those who lose their lives, from old age, tragic circumstances, horrible situations that bring pain and death, actually have a better circumstance than we who are still living. They are safe with God.

I feel for and pray for the family and friends of the victims in the Connecticut tragedy and will for a while. I pray for their comfort and relief. And God will provide it according to each person’s willingness to receive. As bad and as sad as it is, things are not without hope, with God, in Christ.

Father above, of heaven and earth, please give the help that comforts, whatever the source, give strength as these events weaken hearts and souls, and please give the families unexpected grace this Christmas, Amen.

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My Association With the Thief on the Cross

At some time in everyone’s life we must come to grips with who we are. In those moments, when we begin to ask the questions, most of us search for meaning in who we are. If we are honest and even courageous, we will admit that there are things wrong with us. Each of those “things wrong with us” ultimately come from the reality (a reality we may not know or understand yet) that we are sinners.

Sinners! What does that mean. That means that we have gone against some standard or level of truth that we have not achieved and what we have done to compensate for our failure is sin. Of course that word, “sin” means “to miss the mark.”

I’ve played darts some, I’ve shot a basketball at a basket, a lot (I am a Hoosier), I have tried kicking a few field goals and in every case (especially kicking field goals) I missed the mark. But, that is not as strong a concept as what the Biblical term sin implies.

Missing the mark implies consequence for failing. Just because I didn’t score the points when I missed in darts and basketball and football, doesn’t mean there is a consequence. There may be some sort of consequence. I might lose the game for my team if I miss. That’s too bad. I might, if I am a professional athlete (which I’m not nor have I ever been close to being one) I might lose my position on the team. But the consequence of sin, of missing the mark, is comprehensive, it is death, spiritual, eternal death.

“The wages of sin is death….” Romans 6:23, KJV, RSV, NASB, NIV (cf, 1 John 5:17)

As I realized that I had failed God’s standard; “Everyone has sinned and is far away from God’s saving presence” (the Good News Bible), because of my sin, I realized I needed Jesus.

Jesus overcame and conquered so much in God’s name for you and I. Most importantly for us right here and right now, he conquered sin and death (Romans 4:25 & 8:2) and freed us to become a part of the Father’s kingdom of love and life.

The thief on the cross, when he looked to Jesus and asked for mercy in his kingdom, took the humble attitude of realizing that he had sinned but Jesus had not, that he deserved death but Jesus didn’t, that he needed Jesus’ mercy and Jesus could give it (Luke 23:40-43).

When I am dying in my sins (see passages above), I am dying away from God, without hope, but not without help. Jesus is there waiting on my call to him to save me. When I come to him in my dying spiritual condition and confess my belief in him, wanting to turn and come to God, when I die through immersion (Romans 6:1-10; Acts 2:38; 1 Peter 3:21), Jesus is saying to me, “Now, you are joining me in my glory, with the Father, forever.”

It is then that I become associated with the thief on the cross. Because I am now coming into Christ and am forgiven, forever, for glory, for good.

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How the Thieves Shared in the Death of Christ

1What should we say then? Should we continue in sin so that grace may multiply?  2 Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Or are you unaware that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in a new way of life. 5 For if we have been joined with Him in the likeness of His death, we will certainly also be in the likeness of His resurrection. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that sin’s dominion over the body may be abolished, so that we may no longer be enslaved to sin, 7 since a person who has died is freed[e] from sin’s claims.[f] 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him, 9 because we know that Christ, having been raised from the dead, will not die again. Death no longer rules over Him. 10 For in light of the fact that He died, He died to sin once for all; but in light of the fact that He lives, He lives to God. @Romans6.1-10 (HCSB)

After Jesus’ death, in order to access salvation one must by faith be immersed (cf., passage above, Acts 2:38; 1 Peter 3:21, etc). We must share in Jesus’ death and resurrection. Immersion (aka baptism) is the moment we share in Jesus’ death and resurrection. The Bible is very clear about this.

But think about this, there were two criminals, specifically thieves that were crucified with Jesus, one on each side of him. One of those thief’s had a change of heart and with a heart of sorrow and repentance and believed in Jesus. He asked Jesus to remember him in his glory and Jesus promised him he would be there with him.  The other thief died scorning Jesus, ridiculing him like the Jewish leaders taunting and belittling him on the cross. He died without repentance and was not given a promise of hope by Jesus.

Both of the thieves died, when Jesus died. I don’t mean they died at the very same instant, but they died on those crosses together. The one in the middle, the Savior for those who have faith in him, one died without faith, and the other died believing. The thieves literally shared in the death of Christ, but only one was given the promise of eternal life, @Luke23.39-43.

In other words, the thief that expressed his belief will awaken to eternal life.

When a person believes and repents, they are baptized. It is in that moment that we experience what the thief that Jesus promised Paradise too, salvation. We experience death and resurrection in the activity of baptism. Dead in sin, we are buried under the water and we rise out of the water alive in Christ. It is there that God applies salvation to our lives.

It is in death that Jesus forgave the repentant thief and it is in death that God forgives the repentant sinner.

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Which Thief (on the cross) Are You?

There’s a cross for you. I mean, the three crosses raised that day in A.D. 29 were our crosses. Our sin, our affront to God with our sin shows we are guilty and deserved death.

Three people died that day; Jesus in the middle, and two criminals on the left and right side of Jesus. When Jesus said “it is finished,” the fate of the two thieves was set. One would suffer in hell, the other, would join Jesus in “paradise.”

Sin destroys! Think about it. Sin doesn’t do good at all. The ultimate purpose of sin is to destroy the sinner. Lying destroys trust. Hate and murder destroys lives. Adultery destroys relationships and families. Sin destroys.

The reason for sin’s destruction is to hurt God. The devil, in the Garden of Eden, in the form of a serpent wanted to convince Adam and Eve to sin. He worked his deceit through Eve and Adam fell in with her in the sin.

The devil wants to hurt God, and what hurts the most, a severely broken relationship. Sin is the break-point and separation and punishment is the consequence, because, we have not obeyed the Father.

The thieves had separate attitudes about Jesus. One taunted Jesus to save himself. The crowds watching the spectacle were taunting Jesus in the same way. The other thief, realized that Jesus was without sin and that he did not deserve punishment. He even scolded the other thief. We deserve this punishment, but this man has done no wrong.

“For all have sinned” Romans3.23; and “the wages of sin is death” @Romans6.23. We are sinners, we deserved the death that Jesus died. But Jesus death was for sin. He was on the cross receiving the penalty for our sin, therefore he became sin for us.

Because the one thief was repentant, when he asked Jesus to remember him when he comes into his kingdom, Jesus told him that he would be in paradise with him that very day. He was forgiven. He was given freedom from the spiritual penalty of his sin.

Have you repented of your sin against God? Have you asked forgiveness for your sinfulness? Have you confessed Jesus as the risen Son of God because you believe in him? Have you been immersed for your salvation?

Which thief are you?

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Being a Biblical Christian (Casual Christian Part 5)

Life is filled with persecution:

  • At the very least you’ve got the Devil harassing you with temptations . . .
  • You’ve got people who are against Christians.  They want you stopped (to be quieted, to shut you up) by bullying you, and by taking you to court (Examples: Christmas and Easter displays; Christian objects on your desk at work; etc.), and even by legislation against you.

Because of these persecutions, we should understand then some of the distress that is written about in the book of Psalms.  A lot of the Psalms deal with the trouble that is brought on by the enemies of Israel, enemies of the king, and enemies of God.  It is no wonder that the Psalms mean so much to modern Christians and speaks to the struggles we encounter, whether persecution, doubt, fear, physical ailments, attacks from unlikely sources, weaknesses, grief, and even personal sin.

Among the Psalms we can reference that would apply in our lives in many ways, Psalm 119 should speak to us today.  “I Don’t Want to be a Casual Christian!  I want to be a Committed Christian!”  Here’s why, there is passion, zeal for God’s Word.

I’m going to start the invitation right now.  You have got to consider this and evaluate your life and your standing with God!  Is this your conviction?  That you do not want to be a casual Christian?  That you WILL be a Christian of zeal and faithfulness and obedience?

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What life does to the Christian depends on the characteristic of each Christian’s faith.  What life does to you depends on the characteristic of your faith.

  • The cares of life are capable of pushing against you and if your faith is weak or struggling, that can push you into the realm of inactivity or even unbelief.  Doubts about who God is, what Christ’s life and death means, what the church is about, doubts about communion and baptism, about other Christian’s and their motives and even what Christianity is.

And so we encounter three types of Christians who struggle in their faith

  1. The Christian Atheist who lives like they don’t belong to Christ
  2. The Cultural Christian who lets the world guide their thinking
  3. The Lukewarm Christian who has no desire as a Christian

The pressures we encounter come from outside and from inside the church, weaknesses in some Christian’s faith can discourage other Christians.  Legalistic attitudes and unmerciful Christians can undermine or wipe out other Christian’s faithfulness.  Hypocritical Christians run other Christians off.

How do we move from being a “Casual Christian” to being a “Committed Christian” in whom God’s strength is manifest, where we stand firm on the Rock of salvation?

It begins by becoming a Committed Follower of Jesus Christ as we began with Sunday.  And, we become committed Christians by being “Biblical Christians.”  That is where we are today, and Psalm 119 comes into our view-finders.

Psalm 119 the longest of all the Psalms, and is one of the most unique pieces of Hebrew poetry and it is full of wisdom.  Why?  Because it is about the wisdom that comes from commitment to God’s Word.

Let me fill you in on this Psalm a little bit.

  • The Hebrew language has 22 letters and Psalm 119 has 22 stanzas (strophes) of 8 verses each and each verse of each stanza begins with each successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
  • The Psalm is considered a part of the “wisdom literature” along with Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Songs.  You learn Godly, Biblical, spiritual wisdom from it.  But there are several other literature types evident in the Psalm; There is the individual lament (v. 107), a song of trust (v. 42), a song of thanksgiving (v. 7), and of course a hymn (vv. 71-72).  It strikes at several aspects in the mind, heart, and soul.  And it is practical.  There is valid, up-to-date application to your life.
  • The key word in the Psalm is torah.  Usually translated “law.”  But there are seven synonyms to the word law that are found in the Psalm: Promise . . . Word . . . Decrees . . . Commands . . . Ordinances . . . Statutes . . . Precepts
  • The essence of the Psalm contains a couple of characteristics that we should highlight in view of the characteristics of God’s Law:
  1. The capability of God’s Law is a lot farther reaching than even we can go in our life.  It covers all of life and the glorious life of the one who live according to God’s Law.
  2. The torah, God’s Law is the only way toward a personal relationship with God.

I recognize that the common element that makes a person a Christian atheist, or a cultural Christian, or even a lukewarm Christian, that is, “Casual Christians,” is that they lack a personal relationship God.

It is revealed to us then that the key to possessing this relationship with God is knowing His Word, loving His Law, and Living His Way in our life and to do so we must put God’s Word into our lives knowing it is God’s living Word.  It is not dead letters but God’s life input into us through faith and obeying God’s Word.  Paul encourages you to “let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly” (Colossians 3:16).  Let’s go there!

There are two stanzas in Psalm 119 that we want to access today.  The first one begins in verse 57 and the second in verse 105.

  1. 1.     I Promise to Obey @PSALM 119:57-64

The greatest commandment, Matthew 22:37-38 tells us to “love the Lord our God with all our hearts and with all our souls and with all our minds.  Jesus is telling us that this is the way it is to be in our lives.

Love is a relationship word.  It is about relationships where commitment and devotion are supreme, the most important aspect of who we are in relation to who God is.

This is how I became a Christian.  I was laying in my bed on a Saturday night and was thinking and had questions, so, I went upstairs to Dad who was at the dining room table studying the Sunday School lesson for the next day.  I walked up to Dad and asked, “What do I need to do to be saved?”

Dad had me to sit down next to him; he pushed the books he was studying aside and moved his Bible over so I could see it and opened the Scripture to teach me what I needed to do to be saved.  The next morning, I made a public commitment to Christ and was baptized for the forgiveness of my sins.

The Word of God!  Dad showed it to me.  Mom and Grandma told me about the stories in the Bible.  Brother Kenny, our preacher, preached and taught the word of God to me.  My SS teachers, Dorothy Barlow, Opal Harvey, Jack Hight, Ed Burndt, Mr. Bugg and others taught God’s word to me.  God reached my heart and soul with his word.

Think about the moment you became a Christian and what led you to believe in Jesus and accept his salvation by faith.  Wasn’t the Word of God the underlying element in leading you to faith?  God’s word was brought to you by a person or several people.  Your parents, or a preacher or Sunday School teachers, maybe a friend, or possibly you heard a Bible preacher on the radio or TV, or maybe you just picked up a Bible and the Scripture touched your heart and you heard God’s call to you to come be saved through Jesus Christ.

When you accepted Jesus, your belief, your repentance, your confession, and your baptism were commitments to God . . . to love and obey him with all of your being, inside and out.

This particular stanza of Psalm 119 (vss. 57-64) is referring to your promise to obey God in spite of anything else, in spite of everything else.

The writer of this Psalm has been through the ringer of persecution.  He has experienced adversity as well as the joys of life.  We all have to some extent so we can relate to him.  Look at this:

1st – V. 57, God is his portion.  All of his hope and inheritance is found in God.  That is the source of his hope, his life, all that he is about and he has invested his whole life and hope in God.  Therefore he promises to God that he will obey God’s Word.  “Where your treasure is, that is where your heart will be” @Matthew 6:21.

I think that if you really looked closely at God’s Word you will find that it is much more than a source of information and knowledge (If it is only knowledge, then we’re not better off than anyone else).  It is the source through which God not only gives you life, but he continues to live through you by your obedience.  Obey is a hard word, a word people do not like to hear . . . however . . . it is a matter of doing, of action.  Everything has a right and wrong way.  When we try to live life as Christians without God’s word to guide our life, than we will certainly do it wrong!

Are you 100% committed to God, to living his Word?  That is what your commitment was about when you gave your life to God, when you became a Christian!

2nd – VV. 58-60, because he has committed himself to God (“I have sought your face”) he asks God to fulfill his promises to His faithful one, which is God’s grace continuing to be active in his life.  He has taken account of his life and directed it to follow God’s way, obeying his statutes and commands.

There is the need of constant examination in your life.  You ask, “Am I totally obeying God?  How do I know when I am?  How do I know when I’m not?  He has been gracious to me, am I honoring that with thanksgiving and joy?”

So if I take a misstep in following God, because of my commitment, I will redirect it according to God’s word.

3rd – V. 61, and if the wicked, his enemies and God’s enemies that are against him were to tie him up with ropes even, he will not forget God’s law, he will not forget God’s direction for his life.

To many have given up hope and despaired or they have fought back in ways contrary to God’s teaching when people come against them because of their faith.  Can you honestly say, that if you were bound and imprisoned for your faith, that you would remain constantly faithful to God’s word, to the direction he has set for your life as a follower of God?  Sometimes that seems to be the most extreme case of following Jesus, but I think there are harder ways.  Yet this kind of trial can lead to fear and doubt.

4th – VV. 62-63, because of his devotion to God, his dedication is found even when he gets out of bed at night, praying and giving thanks for God’s law which guides him as well as his close association with those who love and follow God’s law.

Your relationship to God and to God’s faithful people is evidence of your devotion to God.  Not just devotion to God, but devotion to God’s Word and to God’s people.  Let us see this in you.  Let us see your commitment to God’s word by your commitment to God and his Word.

  1. 2.      I Am Determined to Obey à 119:105-112

Ancient Israel’s memory was short.  Not that they forgot, they just wouldn’t remember.  When they were in difficult circumstances they doubted God and his servant Moses, even if it was just days before that God had done some super-impressive, miraculous thing to save the Children of Israel.

We get that way too, short-sighted and short-memoried.  God has done wonderful things in our lives, through the lives of other Christians, even through the church, and the first crisis that comes up, we can forget God and complain, or we can look for a solution that doesn’t include God’s word and will.

Making our way through life requires vision.  Understanding what is right and what is not.  Realizing what is of God and what is not.  Sometimes there are possible solutions that seem good or may even seem Godly, but are not.  How do we see the way that makes sense from God’s perspective, according to our commitment to Him?  It is by God’s Word given to us, the BIBLE!

The writer of Psalm 119 brings his difficulty before God.

  • V. 107, I have suffered much (they’re against me, they continue to try and stop me)
  • V. 109, I constantly take my life in my own hands (I am constantly threatened)
  • V. 110, the wicked set a snare for me (they are trying me to stop me).

The constant in all of this is his reliance upon God’s Word and his commitment to God’s word.

  • Though I have suffered much, I simply ask that you preserve my life according to your law.
  • Though I take my life in my hands, I will not forget your law
  • Though the wicked set the trap for me, I haven’t strayed from your precepts

Do you see trust in God’s Word?  A faith that relies on what God’s Word says and the way it guides through the snares and troubles of life.  That’s the character of the writer of this Psalm.  He is trusting in God’s Word of guidance.  And so he begins this stanza:

“Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light for my path.”

Don Dewelt paraphrased this sentence using the word “flashlight.”  A lot of people use the same metaphor.  It is a good analogy because the words “lamp” and “light” in verse 105 refer to the little clay bowl containing oil and a wick they burned in that day that put out a just little light like a flashlight only puts out so much light.  The little clay lamp makes me think of a candle.  I think it is the same sort of thing.

God’s word illuminates each step we take.  It’s as if, we come to this moment of crisis, or the time of decision even if it isn’t trouble and we ask “what do we do?  What step do we take?”  That is when we remember God’s precepts, do this or don’t do that.  That is when if we don’t know the answer already, we search and study the Bible and pray to determine what God says.

V. 106, reminds us of the commitment to God’s Word from back in V. 58.  I have taken an oath, I have promised; does it sound familiar?  I will follow your “righteous” laws.

Here is the voice of commitment.  Verse 112: “My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end.”

That is the Biblical Christian.  The one who commits to God’s Word and lives His word in all of their life.  God’s word answers every question, it guides every step, and directs us to trust and worship God in everything and every way.

So how does becoming a “Biblical Christian” convert the Christian Atheist?  A Biblical Christian lives life like they belong to Christ, because they do.  They found life in the Son of God and the Word of God taught them that, taught us that.

How does becoming a “Biblical Christian” convert the Cultural Christian?  A Biblical Christian lets the Bible teach, guide, and command our lives.  We then reflect the glory of God as imitators of Christ.

How does becoming a “Biblical Christian” convert the Lukewarm Christian?  A Biblical Christian lets the Bible fuel their life and inspire them to faithfulness and good works.

Maybe the thought from this passage should be your devotion this week…1 Peter 1:22-25

Will you say with me, I am NOT a casual Christian; I am a Committed Christian?

I am NOT a casual Christian; I am a Committed Christian

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