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Jesus Is The Only Way

John 14:6

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

profileEcumenical work in the community is important.  There are many evils in our society/community that religious groups of various beliefs can work on together.  Racism is something that religious groups of all types should work to drive out of our communities for instance.  Hunger – poverty – abuse – addiction rehabilitation – working to build stronger families and marriages are just a few of the things that Jews – Christians – Muslims – Mormons – and other religious groups could work on together.  Putting the resources of these religious groups and community groups like the Elks – Masons – Kiwanis – Shriners – Moose and others to battle against some of the evils in our society can only be a good thing IMHO (in my humble opinion).

Working together for common purposes doesn’t suggest that there are not essential differences between these religious and community groups.  Even within Christian churches there are major differences in what we believe about God – about sin – about eternity.

One of the major differences – one of the essential doctrines – again IMHO – is our view of today’s passage and its meaning.  The question that gets asked numerous times is why Christians (not all Christians by the way) believe that Jesus is the only way to the Father – to heaven?   Isn’t that view very narrow-minded some might ask.  What makes us think that we have the true answer to the age old quest for seeking after God? Continue reading

August 26, 2013 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The World Will Hate Us!

John 15:18

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.

RayBlogTelly Savalas – the lollipop sucking TV police officer from Kojak – use to say who loves you baby on his popular show.  Positive parenting suggests that we tell our children often that we love them as they grow.  I haven’t been in my granddaughter’s presence even once without telling her that her pop loves her.  We’re told by many experts that self-esteem is important to a child’s development.  Most of us can attest to what a positive or negative workplace can do for our attitude.

Yet here we are – with the very words of Jesus – informing us that the world will hate us – if the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.  What does Jesus mean by this statement?  What kind of warning are we getting?  It is such a clear statement that John repeats it in his epistle – 1 John 3:13 – Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you.

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February 20, 2013 Posted by | Church, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Lenten Thought, Marriage, Outreach, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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