Your new life in Christ is the consequence of a new birth. When Nicodemus, a Jewish leader, came to Jesus after dark one evening, inquiring about His message of eternal life, Jesus said to him, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” John 3:3 (NLT)
The introduction of Paul’s second letter to Timothy spells out the difference between Christianity and every other major religion in the world. Do you see it in this passage? As an apostle, chosen by the will of God, Paul says that he was sent out to tell others about the life God has promised those who put their trust in Christ Jesus.
Ever wonder how we can reach our world with the Good News of God’s love? There is so much bad news, so many hurting people, so much hatred and division, it seems impossible. In a letter to a young pastor, the Apostle Paul outlines a strategy for reaching the Roman world he lived in that will work for our world today!
How often have you been told to forget your past, only to have it haunt your memories overwhelm you with guilt and paralyze you in shame? For those who struggle with past failures, it can feel like a wave that hits you and tries to take you down.
Christ followers are described as clay pots containing a priceless treasure. The pots used in Biblical times were common, cheap, breakable, baked clay pots. Still, these common ordinary pots, as expendable as they were, would often contain valuable treasure. The value of the pot was measured, then, by what it contained.
The goal of the one-month-to-live lifestyle is to live a life of no regrets. Many regrets are not without good intentions. The problem is that we were not intentional in carrying them out. If you knew that your days were limited, you would become much more intentional with your time and resources.
It was Sunday of the week that Jesus would be crucified, and the Passover festival was about to begin. Jews came to Jerusalem from all over the Roman world during this week-long celebration to remember the exodus from Egypt. Many in the crowds had heard about Jesus and the miracle of Lazarus being raised from the dead.
Where do you spend most of your time? You might say at work or school. The demands of life and responsibilities of day-to-day activities make it difficult for us to find balance. You may have to make a radical adjustment in your schedule to make the time you need, both quality and quantity, with those you love the most.
One of the most difficult lessons in life is how to accept loss. And it’s an ongoing process since our lives constantly change and we’re forced to confront the harsh realities of a world that’s far from perfect. Whether you are single or married, a teacher or a student, a business executive or stay-at-home mom, you have most likely faced some moment when your world was shaken to its foundation.
People who discover that their time is limited often make radical lifestyle changes. They give up workaholism and slow down the pace of their lives, relinquish the pursuit and collection of material possessions and finally enjoy the fullness of what they already have.