What Does Holiness Mean?

“God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and His Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed Him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. May God give you more and more grace and peace.” (1 Peter 1:2 NLT) Holiness as described in Scripture may beContinue reading “What Does Holiness Mean?”

Holy for Heaven

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice – the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of thisContinue reading “Holy for Heaven”

Avoiding the “Bonk” (Part 2)

“Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corruptingContinue reading “Avoiding the “Bonk” (Part 2)”

A Suitable Response (Part 2)

“Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” (Romans 8:5-6 NLT) WhatContinue reading “A Suitable Response (Part 2)”

Is Jesus God?

“In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1 NLT) The lie that cripples a lot of people, whether they’re trying to make sense of why they should come to Christ, or that can prevent them from developing what faith they desire to have inContinue reading “Is Jesus God?”

Happy or Holy?

“God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:8 NLT) Happiness is the proverbial carrot at the end of the stick which always seems just out of reach of its pursuer. Yet, happiness is not a word foreign to the Scriptures. The verse above is from a list of “Beatitudes”Continue reading “Happy or Holy?”

Love for Everyone!

“Do not take advantage of foreigners who live among you in your land. Treat them like native-born Israelites, and love them as you love yourself.” (Leviticus 19:33-34a NLT) It’s no accident that Peter, as he outlines the “path” to living a holy life, culminates the process with love. Love is the context out of whichContinue reading “Love for Everyone!”

To Know and Be Known

“It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life.” (2 Peter 2:21 NLT) To have knowledge of the Bible and/or the ways of God and to have a personal love relationship with God through faithContinue reading “To Know and Be Known”

Understanding the Nature of Sin

“Well then, should we conclude that we Jews are better than others? No, not at all, for we have already shown that all people, whether Jews or Gentiles, are under the power of sin.” (Romans 3:9 NLT) The only appropriate response to the glory of God is worship. Anything less is blasphemy! That’s why RayContinue reading “Understanding the Nature of Sin”

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”