Believe in Jesus, Even If You Have to Sacrifice Everything?

Since the Nike campaign unleashed a PR debacle, various Christians have tried to apply their new slogan to Christian living and especially the command to sacrifice.  The book of Leviticus detailed the sacrifices which God commanded the Jews. The Israelites' propensity to sin led them to sacrifice while practicing iniquity, and God refused their sacrifices. Others…

Where is Jesus During the Lord’s Supper?

Jesus said, "Take, eat; this is my body" and "this is my blood" in Matthew 26:26-28. What does it mean? Is that really Jesus' body? Is that really Jesus blood? There are three positions put forth to answer those questions. First, some have said that this means Jesus is actually physically there. This doctrine is…

The Son of God

The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.’ ‘You have said it,’ Jesus told him” (Matthew 26:63–64). But what does it mean to call Jesus the “Son of God”? Does it mean that God the Father created…

JESUS ABOVE FAMILY? MATTHEW 10:37-39

To be Jesus’ disciple, we must love him more than our family or ourselves. INTRODUCTION TO THE TEXT General Douglas MacArthur:  And 20 years after, on the other side of the globe, again the filth of murky foxholes, the stench of ghostly trenches, the slime of dripping dugouts; those boiling suns of relentless heat, those…

Glory to God in the Highest!

There was a time when the Word had not yet taken on flesh (Jn. 1:1), but we live on this side of the incarnation (Jn. 1:14). We live on this side of Jesus' sacrifice. "By this will, we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all" (Heb.…

Jesus–The Word

What do you think about Jesus? I’m afraid Jesus may not be the priority and center of your life because you don’t realize just how great Jesus is. In order to understand how great Jesus is, John began by telling us where Jesus came from. We gauge a person by where they are from. If…

Under the Influences?

We are influenced in many ways. “Do not be deceived, ‘Bad company corrupts good morals” (1 Cor. 15:33). “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm” (Prov. 13:20). Our families and neighbors that influence us greatly. The eras and locations in which people are born incredibly influence the…

SPEAKING IN TONGUES AND OTHER MIRACLES

Speaking in tongues is a prominent image in today’s religious landscape. The presence of “tongue speaking” in the New Testament has convinced many that they should speak in tongues today. Many will go so far as to say that unless one “speaks in tongues,” he or she isn’t saved. There are three positions on the…

My Way?

Sinatra sang, "I Did It My Way." The song begins softly, "And now, the end is near, and so I face the final curtain. My friend, I'll say it clear, I'll state my case, of which I'm certain. I've lived a life that's full. I traveled each and ev'ry highway. And more, much more than…