Connecting With Jay (Page 7)

Connecting With Jay (Page 7)

The Goal of Christianity

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12, ESV) As Christians, we are supposed to follow Jesus in everything we do. Following Jesus is not about remaining in darkness but about having the light of life which is Jesus himself.  The goal is always supposed to be…

The Forgiveness Cycle

“And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.” (Luke 11:4)  Who forgives whom first? On the one hand, Jesus says, “Forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.” (Luke 11:4) On the other hand, Paul says, “As the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”…

The Priesthood of all Believers

And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ (1 Pet. 2:4-5 NASB). Under the old covenant, only the Levites could serve as priests.…

I Desire Mercy and Not Sacrifice.

In Matthew 12:1-8, we have an interesting story of Jesus and his disciples walking through grain fields. As they walked through the field the disciples were hungry and began to pick some grain and eat it. The only part that seems odd is that the Pharisees were following them. It doesn’t seem like they were traveling with the group but were a distance off just observing…

New Years Resolutions…

Do you plan on making resolutions for the New Year? The first of the year is a great time to start fresh, set goals, and begin something new. In fact, it’s the perfect time to evaluate our spiritual health and set some goals for growth.             We can’t cause our spiritual growth. Only the Holy Spirit has the power to transform us into the image of Christ (2 Cor…

No Detour from Calvary

Devotional by John Piper And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. (Luke 2:6–7) You would think that if God so rules the world as to use an empire-wide census to bring Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, he…

Be Prepared

  “He will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.” (Luke 1:16–17) What John the Baptist did for Israel: the season before Christmas can do for…

Christ Loved You

Christianity means change is possible. Deep, fundamental change. It is possible to become tenderhearted when once you were callous and insensitive. It is possible to stop being dominated by bitterness and anger. It is possible to become a loving person no matter what your background has been. The Bible assumes that God is the decisive factor in making us what we should…

Separating Sheep From Goats

We’re all familiar with the parable of Matthew 25:31-46 in which the final judgment is likened to a shepherd separating the sheep and the goats. It occurs to me that, in some ways, sheep and goats are very similar animals. At least, they resemble one another more than either resembles a baboon! But, all likenesses considered, there are also some distinct dissimilarities.…