Five Simple, Spiritual Things in 2019

When I look back at the younger me, I am horrified at my lack of diligence.  I am not the poster boy for it now, but I have improved some over the years.  My wife has been a great example for me, when she sets her mind to accomplish something, she gets it done.

This time of the year, some folks make New Year’s resolutions that often fall flat by February.  (Oh well, I’ll finish this post later…  Second thought, I better just do it!)  I am not one to set New Year’s resolutions.  I just need to do the simple, spiritual things with diligence.

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Jesus — Born a Man for Men

The world lay in the sway of darkness, sin, and death. Man’s journey from the Garden was marked by a trail of death and tears with each tomb a reminder of every man’s fate. Death reigned in the world by a cruel master, Satan, whose very name meant “Adversary”.  The Hebrew prophets of old had prophesied approximately seven centuries before of a coming Messiah who would save and deliver.

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“Follow Me” –Jesus

Christians are sometimes criticized for claiming our religion is exclusive when we are adamant that Jesus Christ is the only avenue to eternal life.  That is why I am evangelistic about my faith in Christ; it is not that I take pleasure in someone being excluded but rather I have strongly held beliefs about Jesus Christ.  The invitation to follow Jesus is inclusive, “For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13 NKJV).

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What Is So Good, About Good Friday?

Today is Good Friday.  It is the day we commemorate the death of Jesus Christ on the cross.  I read somewhere that the “Good” may have begun as Holy; we are really not sure.  It is good for us but it was a terrible day for Jesus.  The night before, He had been betrayed and arrested.  Then the humiliating trials began, before the Jewish High Priest and Council, Pilate, Herod, and back to Pilate again.   He was mocked, spit upon, and scourged.  Would this mockery and torture ever end?  Hardly, now he had to endure the death march to Calvary and then the horror of crucifixion.

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Abraham and Isaac: A Foreshadow of our Father and Jesus

Abraham and Isaac: A Foreshadow of our Father and Jesus

Abraham had been called out by God to leave his relatives and move to an unknown land. God chose Abraham and made some strong and far-reaching promises to him and his descendants.  This is the promise quoted in Genesis 12:2-23 (NKJV), “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. / I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

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