A few years ago one of my former students, who had been in college a few years at the time, asked me, “Did Jesus always know that He was the Messiah?” Apparently he, and some of his friends, had been arguing over this question (and he wasn’t even a Bible major!). Below you will find my response to this question.
Dear [Student’s Name],
This is actually a really tough question to answer because the Gospels do not give us insight into the mental awareness of Jesus, except when he himself reveals it to the crowd listening.
So, we need to begin Continue reading “Did Jesus Always Know That He Was The Messiah”
I regularly talk to people who say that they will go to heaven one day because their good will outweigh their bad. Not only is that impossible–if someone could do it, it still wouldn’t be enough. Continue reading “Trusting in Christ Alone for Salvation”
I often hear these excuses when I ask someone if they have been reading God’s word: “I’m too busy to read the Bible,” “I already believe in Jesus, why do I need to read more about Him,” “What good will that do?”
Scripture does a great job answering those questions:
Continue reading “Why Read The Bible?”
I was recalling memories from days gone by. As I was thinking about my years at the university, I recalled walking into a “dollar store” and seeing a bumper sticker which said, “How much can I get away with and still go to Heaven?” At the time I Continue reading “Bumper Sticker Theology”
If you are like many Christians, you don’t feel like you read the Bible enough. At first glance, it may seem comforting that you are not alone in your struggle. In a very small sense, it is–58% of Americans wish they read the Bible more. However, if you feel like you are not reading your Bible enough, you probably are not.
The reality is that IF people are reading the Bible Continue reading “Do You Read The Bible Enough?”
When I was growing up I remember something that my mom used to tell me all the time. Now I find myself saying it to the students I teach. Whenever we would get our of the car she used to say,
Remember who you are, and who you represent.
Or something to that effect.
It was a reminder to me that she expected me Continue reading “Wisdom From My Mother”
Each Sunday before I arrive at Church I spend 5 minutes preparing myself for how God wants me to serve Him. I do this because my natural inclination as a human is to see Church with a “what’s in it for me” mentality.
The church isn’t Continue reading “How to Prepare Your Heart For Worship Tomorrow”
We spend a lot of our lives waiting on stuff. For instance, recently I was waiting at the dentist office. Often this is wasted time. We look around the waiting room awkwardly trying not to seem like a weirdo (I don’t think I’m fooling anyone!), or we try and pretend we are reading whatever 2012 magazine is on the side table. What can we do to make this time productive? Continue reading “Don’t Waste Your Time Waiting”
Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21).
Brother Lawerence helps us to put this challenge to the test in our lives. Where is our heart? It is with our treasure. How do we know what we treasure?
Q: Where is our heart?
A: It is with our treasure. How do we know what we treasure?
Q: How do we know what we treasure?
A: By evaluating what occupies most of our thoughts.
Brother Lawerence’s measurement for finding out where our love, heart, and our treasure are is to taking note of how we spend our thought life. It is easy for us to say that we treasure something or someone. The proof comes in our actual everyday actions.
Does your life show that you treasure God?