Salvation and Judgment

I will not judge those who hear me but don’t obey me, for I have come to save the world and not to judge it. But all who reject me and my message will be judged on the day of judgment by the truth I have spoken.                                                                                                             John. 12:47-48 NLT Twice Jesus tellsContinue reading “Salvation and Judgment”


I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.                                                                           John 15:5 ESV Words are very interesting things. Each one has a meaning, and you can look up that meaning in anyContinue reading “Abide”

Who Doesn’t Come to Christmas?

“Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose,and we have come to worship him.”  King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposedContinue reading “Who Doesn’t Come to Christmas?”

Persistent Belief

When the Son of Man comes, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?                                     Luke 18:8 NLT I confess that I have always been troubled by the parable that precedes the verse printed above. It suggests that God will not do what we want him to do (or perhaps even what heContinue reading “Persistent Belief”

Follow Me 3

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me”                                                                                                                                 Matthew 16:24-25                                                                               We have talked about spectator followers, those who simply followed Jesus around to see what he might do next, and consumer followers,Continue reading “Follow Me 3”