What Is True Christianity?

Galatians 5.24 observes, those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their imagesinful nature to His cross and crucified them there.

What do Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump all have in common? They would all claim to be Christians. Do they look like Christians? Do we look like Christians? What is a Christian supposed to look like?

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Hope For The World

Psalm 107.2 asks, has the LORD redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others He has redeemed youimage from your enemies.

The need of the hour is for the Church to speak out about God’s redemption. The obviousness of this truth was on full display during the presidential debates. Character, truth, honesty and humility are the result of fearing God and recognizing our accountability to Him. Those who live without regard for their Maker do and say whatever they believe to be best in their own minds.

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Different is Better

2 Corinthians 12.21 laments, I will be grieved because many of you have not given up your old sins. imageYou have not repented of your impurity, sexual immorality, and eagerness for lustful pleasure.

Seeing is believing and those who believe should be causing others to see a difference in their life as a result of Jesus entering into it as Lord and Savior.

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The Issue Lies Deeper Than The Surface

Ezekiel 16.49 describes, Sodom’s sins were pride, gluttony, and laziness, while the poor and needy imagesuffered outside her door.

For those who read the Bible regularly and know the story of Sodom, the description of that city’s sins is probably shocking.

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Jesus is God’s Ultimate ‘Yes’

2 Corinthians 1.19 proclaims, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” imageHe is….God’s ultimate “Yes,” He always does what He says.

Don’t we all want a God Who is the ultimate ‘Yes?’ That’s actually our problem with God, He doesn’t always say ‘yes’ to us. How many of our prayers have not been answered the way we wanted?

Of course, what we fail to acknowledge, is that when we demand God be our ultimate ‘yes’ He is no longer God but we have become god – at least in our own minds.

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Love is Simple to Understand But Really Hard to Do.

Ezekiel 11.20 concludes God’s promise for changing His people, so they will obey My decrees and regulations. Then they will truly be My people, and I will be their God.image

The One True God, the Christian God, makes obedience to Him quite simple to understand. He boils down His will for humanity into the two commands of love Him first and most and love our neighbor like we love ourselves. This isn’t hard to understand and certainly seems reasonable.

The hard part, the part all humanity from all time has been unable to do, is actually live it. Our first conflict is with God Himself. Page 3 of the Bible tells of humanities desire to be god instead of remaining submissive to God.

Page 3! Barely into God’s story is the recording of humanities rebellion against God. We want to be god because we want absolute power, control and authority over our circumstances and others. It is why we do what we want to do regardless of what impact it may have on ourselves or others.

The result of this rebellion is our own demise. It explains war, poverty, disease and death. Remaining in rebellion means when we face God for judgement we will finally understand we are not god and will miss the eternity we could have had with Him where love and peace reign forever.

Second, loving others as ourselves is hard because we love ourselves and then others if we deem it to be in our best interest. This type of loving explains divorce and damage in our relationships whether with family, neighbor or employer. Loving others after loving ourselves keeps us selfish and self absorbed but also lonely and isolated.

God promises to help us if we will let Him. He promises to give us new hearts that will motivate us to love Him and love others. He invites us to faith, faith that will trust that the process of loving God first and others as myself really will result in my being the happiest and healthiest version of myself possible.

True love abandons self preservation for loving God and others resulting in eternal salvation with God and those who also have loved Him and others. That will truly be heaven.

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Without God, Why Should We Be Good?

Ezekiel 8.17 asks, have you seen this, son of man? Is it nothing to the people of Judah that they commit these detestable sins, leading the whole nation into violence, thumbing their noses at Me, and provokingimage My anger?

My brother was sharing with me this past weekend about his diversity training class he attended prior to his return to teaching in an inner city school. Perhaps no greater sin currently exists in our culture than racism.

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Why Don’t Christians Immediately Go To Heaven?

Psalm 67.2 proclaims, may Your ways be known throughout the earth, Your saving power among imagepeople everywhere.

Whenever we attend a funeral someone invariably says, ‘they are in a better place.’ It is said to comfort the grieving but if we thought about it very long we would ask ourselves, ‘if the next life is better, why does God leave us in this one?’

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