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The Reality of Jesus

We all have read textbooks that say George Washington lived and have paintings to prove it. We hear about Napoleon and his army, their success and defeat. How do we know these were real people? We have no video of them. We depend on books written about them, testimonies of those who lived with them and incidents in history where they are mentioned but we have to trust the sources to believe. So, why is it so difficult to believe that Jesus lived, died and was resurrected? We actually have more evidence that He faced all these things than we do that Julius Caesar lived. We have sixty prophecies that came true in Jesus and hardly could two of these been true of any other person. Here is what the writer of Hebrews said about the reality of Jesus, "Since the children have flesh and blood, he too SHARED in their humanity…he had to be made like his brothers in every way" (Hebrews 2:14-17) And why was this reality necessary? In the same passage the writer says, "so that by h…

Doing Good

Do you do what is good? That is a question which needs to be pondered in each of our lives. There are many that do what is right in their own eyes and for the aggrandizement of their own selves. Good is only good if it is benefiting them. But there is another view about doing good. In the three short chapters of the book of Titus, "good" is repeatedly mentioned as the action of believers. An elder is to be "one who loves what is good" (Titus 1:8). Rebellious people who are talkers and deceivers are noted by Paul as "detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good." (1:10, 16) Older women are "to teach what is good" to younger women. (2:3) Titus is to set an example for the young men "by doing what is good." (2:7) God's intent in the salvation of us was "to purify for himself a people that are His own, eager to do what is good." (2:14) Among a cluster of other reminders for them, Titus is to remind the believer…

A Trap

Have you ever made a trap and caught something in it? Have you ever been caught in one? A fool has one hindrance and that is his own ignorance but a conceited fool has two, his own ignorance and his self-delusion. Solomon asked, “Do you see a person wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” (Proverbs 26:12) This statement shows how much worse a conceited person is than a fool. How can our own self-deceit and the world’s continuous allurement trick us into thinking we are in charge? It is a trick we play on ourselves; to be overly confident in our knowledge and in our understanding of the world around us. It’s like attempting to catch a fish with your hands; even though you grasp it, you cannot hold on to it. God destroys nations because they lift up other gods and act arrogant. The alternative to a conceited heart is a humbled heart; a recognition of our sinful desires and state, and then a turning to reliance on God to guide us by His Spirit. We will find ours…

Being Calm

Have you ever lost your cool? Have you been so frustrated or angry that you went off like a firecracker on July 4th? How did you feel after you did this? What did you do after this to those around you? Life is sometimes frustrating and people all have wills that exert pressure on situations and cause tensions to rise. Paul knew this and told Timothy to "keep your head in all situations." (2 Timothy 4:5) He wanted Timothy to example leadership and one of the best traits of a leader is his ability to be a sober person, calm, steady and sane; to be one who is temperate, alert, and watchful of his words; one who does not inflame situations but disposes them. Becoming this kind of person will be easier for some than for others, but that should not dissuade us all from developing the ability of being calm in all situations. It requires that we listen well, consider in the moment the different directions a conversation can go, and keep context in mind. It means we don't raise our…