What Does It Mean to Be Lost?

“For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” (Luke 19:10 NLT) It can be very disturbing to be lost. The only thing worse than being lost, is being lost, but not realizing it. Ironically, being lost doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t know where you are. It can also meanContinue reading “What Does It Mean to Be Lost?”

What Does It Mean to Trust God?

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT) Trust is a very sacred and fragile thing. Though it can take years to earn, it can be lost in aContinue reading “What Does It Mean to Trust God?”

What Does It Mean to Be Saved?

“We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved.” (Hebrews 10:39b NLT) Today we’ll look at two more words that those who follow Jesus often use, but can easily be misunderstood. They are “faithful” and “saved/salvation.” In Matthew 24:45 Jesus says: “A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give theContinue reading “What Does It Mean to Be Saved?”

What Does “Christian” Mean?

“It was in Antioch that the believers were first called Christians.” (Acts 11:26b NLT) Over the next few days, I’d like to look more closely at some of the words that are used by those of us affiliated with the church, primarily in the U.S., because that’s my frame of reference. People tend to useContinue reading “What Does “Christian” Mean?”

An Audience of One

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8 NLT) Have you ever been discouraged? Did you know discouragement is one of Satan’s favorite tools? Why? Because Satan is a liar, and discouragement is a lie posing as the truth, to cause us to believe something, usually about ourselves, that is untrue. AContinue reading “An Audience of One”

Why So Many Miss Heaven (Part 2)

“But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” (Matthew 7:14 NLT) A question I’ve often asked over the years is: “Why would anyone not want to go to heaven?” Or, another way to ask a similar question: “Why would anyone want to goContinue reading “Why So Many Miss Heaven (Part 2)”

Why So Many Miss Heaven

“The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way.” (Matthew 7:13b NLT) When I was in college, I worked part time at the local newspaper, where I met a young man about my age, whose nickname was “Garb.” That seemed a little odd, so one dayContinue reading “Why So Many Miss Heaven”

Jesus, Our Disciplinarian

“We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” (Hebrews 12:2a NLT) Our faith journey is begun in and by Jesus and will be finished/completed in and by Jesus. That’s what it means that He’s the One “who initiates and perfects our faith.” According to Strong’s Concordance,Continue reading “Jesus, Our Disciplinarian”

Keeping Our Focus on Jesus (Part 2)

“…especially the sin that so easily trips us up.” (Hebrews 12:1b NLT) The battlefield on which a follower of Jesus will live and die, is between our ears. The most dangerous mine field of our existence as a believer is our mind. To keep our thoughts focused on Jesus while pursuing the sinful ways ofContinue reading “Keeping Our Focus on Jesus (Part 2)”

Keeping Our Focus on Jesus (Part 1)

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down…” (Hebrews 12:1a NLT) The writer of the Hebrew letter opens chapter twelve with a reference to the “huge crowd of witnesses” that have run the race of faithContinue reading “Keeping Our Focus on Jesus (Part 1)”