The invitation from Jesus to “FOLLOW ME” was not an invitation to be saved — it was a call for a “Follower of THE WAY” to do just that… “FOLLOW… THE WAY!” “THE WAY” is JESUS and He clearly demonstrated HIS WAY of FOLLOWING everyday — by FISHING FOR MEN! How willing and ready are you to FOLLOW “THE WAY” and GO FISH?
“Therefore… if anyone is in Christ — he is a NEW creation; the Old has gone — the NEW has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17) — Your Old IDENTITY is gone and your New IDENTITY is eternal — this is HOW you can begin to CHANGE your IDENTITY! Understanding that YOU have no real part in that CHANGE! It’s because of WHAT CHRIST has done IN YOU that enables YOU to MAKE THAT CHANGE! The ability to then… be LIKE CHRIST — living up to His standards!
Have you ever seen a Hearse pulling a U-Haul? Didn’t think so. You know why? After fantastic careers — plush 401ks & secure retirements… it ALL goes back in the box! No more game cards. No more tokens. No more promotions, no more financial planning, no more RVs and vacation homes. GAME OVER. What did you WIN that you get to keep? That’s the ECONOMY of God, unusual for sure. Some may actually call it… FREAKONOMIC$!
Christmas is always thought of as the best time of the year! Unfortunately, as we go through life we often experience family and relational pain, and Christmas can go from being the highlight of the year to the most difficult time! Let’s discover together in the REAL MEANING of Christmas so we can learn how to FORgive others, how to ask for FORgiveness, and what it means to be FORgiven!
DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE JESUS WAS WHO HE SAID HE WAS? The Bible is full of stories about Jesus and the numerous encounters He had with people! Each encounter left that person RADICALLY changed! When you come face to face with Jesus — you’ll have to answer THIS Question… Do you believe JESUS was who He said He was? Of all the IMPRESSIONS He’s capable of leaving on you — the FIRST IMPRESSION should be the most memorable! He can radically CHANGE you a thousand different ways — the most important thing to walk away from your FIRST IMPRESSION of Jesus… KNOW THE CHANGE HAPPENED!
Jim Cymbala writes in his book Fresh Faith that…“Never in the Gospels was Jesus astounded by anyone’s righteousness. Never was He impressed by anyone’s education. He was amazed by one thing: PEOPLE’S FAITH! The greater battle regarding Faith in one’s life is not “Will you try harder?’ or “Can you make yourself worthy?” It is, “WILL YOU BELIEVE?” I guess that would be the greater question for anyone who listens to this message… “Will you believe?”
You don’t need to not look any further than each day’s newspaper, or web-sourced news page, or any major News Correspondent to realize that we are in a world that desperately needs Law & Order! We have done our best to institute it where we think it need be applied or not applied! We have done our very best at removing this “Moral Code’ from anything of significant importance! I then would simply ask — Is life better now? Or does it appear that we still need assistance? I would offer that God was on to something when He gave us the Ten Commandments; I would also suggest that they were not just intended for the Israelites in the Old Testament, and that they have major significance for all of mankind, and that was what He originally intended! God forgive us for viewing them as Ten Suggestions!