The book of John is much different than Matthew, Mark, and Luke. It is often referred to new followers of Christ to get them started just after making that life-changing decision. The thing about the gospel of John is that it is RRRRR — elational. And Jonathan went through it chapter-by-chapter from the 30,000 ft. level and then zoomed it right into our hearts.
With gas prices advancing daily, the economy in shaky condition, and the war in Iraq continuing it truly leads to concern. In fact we have had over 800 fires started by lightning just here in Northern California. Smoke is in the air — and it is very thick in many areas.
Now … add that to the everyday pressures of life. Like your job. Like addictions. Like broken relationships. Like fear. Like anger and bitterness. Like … the unknown.
Andrae Crouch wrote a song called, “Jesus is the Answer” many years ago. It is comforting and based on the peace that comes from having a relationship with Jesus. That relationship is outlined in the Bible and especially comes to life in the New Testament. There is hope. Perspective changes when you know and become a fully devoted follower of Christ. Do you know Him?
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)
On Sunday, I will be speaking on the “AMAZING!” life of Jesus Christ. You can’t deny it. History reveals it and the Bible unwraps it even more thoroughly.
The principles, morals, stories, and truths of God’s Word have changed my life. It’s more than positive thinking, adopting a philosophy or learning “religious” terms. When you get really practical and build a true relationship with Jesus, it MUST change you. So now, when I help the poor in a Third-World nation or when I pray for a crying girl on public transit, it makes a lot of sense.
Jesus set the example to LIVE out the life He called into. One that is all about knowing God and making Him known. Meditation doesn’t cut it, being “nice” isn’t enough, and as admirable as social work is — it is nothing — unless you introduce the love that was authored God.
So we celebrate Easter this weekend, and actually take the underlying message of Easter with us daily.
Matthew 12:23 “The crowd was AMAZED. ‘Could it be that Jesus is the Son of David, the Messiah?’ . . .