Spiritual Identity

There is an identity problem in our world that has led to great confusion.  People are confused, not knowing who they are.  They are searching for an identity, for a rock to stand on in a flooded stream.  Some have went on journeys for the sole reason of “finding themselves” as if they were somewhere else.  There are way too many poor, lost, wandering souls who are alienated from God’s original design and created identity.

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Identity in Christ

Identity in the Crucifixion and the Resurrection of Jesus.

Jesus, first identified with us.  Man could not spiritually redeem himself by reformation or by following the rules.  Mankind is innately a sinner in great need of a redeemer.  The Redeemer had to come in the same form as our first-ancestor-father Adam.  God provided the only sufficient sacrifice in the Redeemer—His Only Eternal Son.

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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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They Are Still Smiling

When I visited a slum area in India, I witnessed children living in squalor and it dawned on me, they were still smiling.  I then thought about the thousands of children I have seen in Haiti and other places—in spite of their abject poverty, they continued to smile.  Their smile has kept me smiling.  There is something captivating about a sweet, innocent, smiling face.  I love to see children smile (grownups too).

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Light of the World

Light of the World

Jesus said He was the light of the world, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12 NKJV).

These statements on the surface may seem to be light and cheery; something to put on a decorative poster or on a greeting card. Yet the underlying truth to this statement belies a dark truth—we live in a dark world.  The evening news reports mostly on the darkness; a car-bombing, an outbreak of cholera in a third world country, a flu epidemic here, or another war there.  DARKNESS!!

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