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Essentials in Life

John 7:16–17

16 Jesus answered, My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me. 17 Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.

Photo on 9-10-18 at 11.09 AMRecently at a Bible Study I asked those in attendance – What are your essentials of faith? How would you answer that question? Do we base our faith on any essentials? Do we have any irrefutable truths you bank on in your walk with Jesus? Are there any absolutes for you?

What are the essentials of your faith – the essential doctrines? With so many denominations around and non-denominational churches too to attend – is doctrine an important part of your choice or not? If you are United Methodist – what is the reason? If you are Roman Catholic – why? If you attend a non-denominational church – is the church’s doctrine the reason? Why do we attend the church we attend? Is doctrine a part of that decision? Continue reading

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The Cost of Following Jesus

Matthew 7:24-25

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.

82015 RayHave you ever seen news reports about people caught in mudslides?  Some people – having built their homes on the side of hills – without firm foundations – can have their homes washed away in storms.  I’ve seen devastation like this for people who build their homes on sandbars in Florida or in the Mississippi Delta.  Storms rear up and at times – home are washed away.  I’m sure many of these home owners thought they had taken every precaution.

Many of us think we are taking every precaution in our faith journey.  We try to do good on every occasion – or at least often.  We try to attend worship – most Sundays – or at least more often than some.  We strive to walk by the Ten Commandments – when they don’t get in the way of our enjoyment of life.

The truth be told – some of us are playing at being Christians – we want the benefit of being a child of God – namely NO HELL – but we aren’t sold out for Jesus.  We’re sold out for the Ravens or the Steelers (or the Jets or Patriots or Redskins).  We’re sold out for our favorite baseball team.  We’re even sold out for work – home – family – hobbies – and more.  But being sold out for Jesus – well – let’s get serious.

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