The Read and Share File

I normally share a few links with a few comments.  Here’s a few links and a short sermon.

When we confess Jesus as Lord, via The Gospel Coalition.  This is one of those posts I wish I had written.

Here is a whole collection of verses and quotes on Thanksgiving.  Christians should be all about Thanksgiving.

Harvey Turner at The Resurgence writes You Are Not Jesus.  He claims that the gospel is good news, and news must be proclaimed.  You cannot, therefore, live the gospel or be the gospel, a premise which troubles me greatly.

Yes, the gospel is good news.  But when we are transformed by his redeeming power old things pass away and we become new creatures in Christ (2 Cor 5:17).  It is no longer we that live but he lives in us (Gal 2:20).  Our goal is to conform to the image of Christ, who himself was the image of the invisible God (Col 1:15).  We are filled with the indwelling Holy Spirit, and are commissioned to carry the gospel to a lost and dying world.  I am not Jesus, but if I give a cup of water to the least of his children Jesus says it’s as if I gave water to him.  We, the church, are the body of Christ and he becomes the head of the body.  Jesus says his believers become one with him just as he and the Father are one.  We are grafted into the family of God through a glorious adoption. Continue reading

Believing and Doing

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  -Matthew 7:24

Jesus says that everyone who hears his words and does them is like that wise man.  Verse 26 describes the man that hears those same words but does not do them.  (Read the full story here.)  There is a obviously a difference between hearing and doing.  There is even a difference between believing and doing.  Faith is belief in action, and it is the action of the believer that makes all the difference. Continue reading