"[The crowd] replied, 'We want to perform God's works, too. What should we do?'Jesus told them, 'This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.' "John 6:28-29 I think there is a strong tendency in us to want to "do" something, to take action. We want to fix … Continue reading Just Believe
I'm writing this post in response to a comment by blogger christenfindenruhe to my post on John the Baptist. To give a quick summary the post analyzed the answers that Jesus addressed to the crowds about the questions they had about the authenticity of John the Baptist's ministry and his credibility as a prophet. Jesus … Continue reading We All Have Doubts
Something has always bothered me about Judas Iscariot and I don't just mean because he betrayed my Lord. I am perplexed about Jesus' decision to appoint Judas as one of the twelve apostles. Now, Jesus is perfect and doesn't make mistakes so it was no mistake that he picked Judas to be one of the … Continue reading Et tu Judas?
One thing I find I have to remind myself of is the fact that God actually loves me more than I ever could love myself. Therefore, when I am acting outside of his will and following my own, I am not acting in such a way that shows the most love to myself. Of course … Continue reading Scripture References About God’s Love
Speaking for myself I at times struggle with fear, whether it be anxious thoughts, worst case scenario ruminations or just generally stemming from a lack of faith that the Lord has everything in control. So I have gone through the bible to pull out some scripture for those who might have similar struggles. And remember, … Continue reading Scripture References for those Struggling with Fear/Anxiety
I have written this prayer for those who are struggling with condemnation. In my experience, condemnation has a different quality than that of a guilty conscience. Condemnation tends to have a kind of incessant, beating quality to it and is not responsive to confessions or repentance. When we confess our sins God is just to … Continue reading Prayer for those Suffering from Condemnation
I have written this affirmation/prayer as a support for bolstering our witness to the World. "Light" can take many forms (a kind word, an affirming smile, speaking the truth) but it always has the persistent quality of exposing darkness and doing away with it. This is because our Lord Jesus Christ, who is in the … Continue reading Light of the World Affirmation