Have you ever bumped your toe, banged your knee, or walked into a wall? I’m not talking about pain that comes from being a walking phone-zombie, but rather from the blindness that comes about from walking in the dark. Walking without sight presents great challenges. Those with good eyesight only experience those challenges rarely. But those experiences provide great lessons for us. It should not surprise us that God uses the physical realities of blindness to teach far more important spiritual lessons.
Jesus Christ is the complete answer of God for the problem and need of mankind.
How do I love God with my mind? The Lord Jesus included this as a part of what he knew to be the “greatest commandment.” Since it held such an important place in the Lord Jesus’ thoughts it ought to hold a similarly great place in ours, shouldn’t it?
The Israelites describe the Philistines as “rulers over us” instead of acknowledging that God was their true ruler and king. They had already surrendered to the Philistines.Considering the text in Judges, one might ask, “Have Christians in our age surrendered to the evil?”
There’s a lot of difference between the young and the old. I came up with a few items that distinguish the two groups. You might even want to add to this list.
O governo do prefeito Felicio Ramuth (PSDB) anunciou nesta terça-feira a construção de um corredor para interligar as regiões sul e leste de São José dos Campos. A obra, orçada em R$ 50 milhões, terá a primeira fase iniciada neste ano e terá um corredor, uma passagem para um transporte rápido de massa -- ainda não há definição sobre qual modelo que será utilizado.
Just as physical, emotional, and intellectual growth can be painful for children, spiritual growth can be painful for adults.
Jesus said it will be difficult for the rich to enter heaven. Peter mentions their sacrifice. Surely, then, they will be saved! Such will be blessed many times over, Jesus said.
Peter and John angered the authorities for preaching Christ. They were imprisoned, but many believed. The church now numbered 5,000 men. Now they are ordered to be silent.
Just as I preach about the church of the Bible, I also need to preach about the Christ of the Bible, and do. Just as I preach on “How Can I Know When I Have Found the Right Church?” I also need to preach on “How Can I Know When I Have Found the Right Jesus?” In His discourse concerning the impending destruction of the city of Jerusalem by the Romans (which occurred in A. D. 70) Jesus warned, “For false christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24). Through the centuries, many false christs (messiahs) have arisen. So, how can we know when we have found the right Jesus, the right Christ?
The title, “The imperfect Jesus,” reminds us to use Bible words with Bible meanings. Hebrews 5.9 states that Jesus was perfected by obedience. Here are verses 8-10:
“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all people.”
Most who are Christians, at least in the Western World, have never suffered persecution as the Christians did in the first century. Although we may be aware that this is always a possibility in a changing and volatile world, in our minds any persecution that might come would be from someone we don’t know, from someone who does not even acknowledge God.
As young people we might have envisioned how our lives would unfold. We looked forward to achieving a college education followed by a successful career. Or maybe as adults we anticipated how the potential we saw within our children or grandchildren would blossom in marvelous ways as they reached adulthood. Still yet, there might have been the expectation for just a normal healthy life filled with a long marriage and children.