“A false christ who is primarily for helping our children get on the honor roll, or mainly for helping us run our businesses for more profit, or is chiefly for improving our marriages and sex lives, is powerless to deal with the real and most important issue of all: our sin.” – Matthew R. Richard: Will the…
The Political and Economic Table Laid for the Disclosure of Christ (400BC – 27AD) History shows us exactly how God set the table for the revelation of His Son, and the further mobilization of His Body, the Church. Although the world in which Jesus grew up differs radically from today, there are also essential similarities….
We all aspire to be like Jesus, but it is simply impossible. We never measure up! Spending time with Jesus however!! That is LIFECHANGING!
Why do we believe in Jesus? What makes Him unique from other Savior types?
The new temple has received a new structure: it is now made of living stones (people) (1 Pet. 2: 5) and that He rounds off the structure with five gifts ~ like the five main organs of the body, which nourishes and strengthens it His Body’s ministry (Eph. 4: 11-16).
AS the Lord had very specific specifications when building the tabernacle, or tent of meeting, so the Lord has specific precepts about how His body, church should function (Ex. 25:40; 26:30; 2 Tim. 1:13; Heb. 8:5). Of course, the most important specification is that Jesus Christ is the cornerstone (Matt. 21:42).
Jesus was revolutionary! He did not add anything to the old, no He replaced the old with something much better! Too many believers still think from an Old Testament, old covenant paradigm, and try to weave the words and concepts of the New Testament and new covenant into Christ into the old. Jesus was radically NEW. He paved a whole new path, through His preaching and example, His suffering and death, and His resurrection! The origin of Christianity did not begin in Genesis, it began with Jesus, and His resurrection!
Over the centuries, this difficult issue has been debated in various ways. I’m not going to pretend to be the final answer on this, but everyone should examine the Word of God and accompanying reading material themselves to gain insight and wisdom on exactly how we are going to deal with the presence of evil in our lives.
Not being able to experience pain is life-threatening.
Not feeling emotional pain makes people unscrupulous.
Without pain we do not become stronger and we do not build capacity. This is beautifully illustrated in the animated film, WALL-E. In the movie, robots do everything for humanity while humans just lie in their chairs, gain weight and watch TV.