Sacred Worship It is the presence of Spirit-filled believers who participate in sacraments (from the Latin, sacramentum, from sacro ("hallow", "consecrate"), from sacer ("sacred", "holy")) that make them sacred, worshipful acts. The sacraments are often considered to be primarily communion and baptism (or in some denominations, a few other things as well). But in reality, every … Continue reading Why Jesus Hates Religion: Part 3 – Religion Does Not Produce Holy Worship
Are You a Religious Person? I always cringe inside when people ask me if I'm religious. No...I'm not. I mean...wait...yes...in the sense that I'm a Christian, a Christ-follower. But no..."religious" really doesn't describe it at all. I have a dynamic, living, breathing relationship with the living God - with Jesus. I've been reborn - restored from … Continue reading Why Jesus Hates Religion: Part 1 – Are You Religious?
I recently read Finding the Real Jesus (which appears to be sort of a shortened version of The Case for the Real Jesus) by Lee Strobel. According to Strobel, several "portraits" of Jesus have been recently gaining popularity: Increasingly, the traditional picture of Jesus is under an intellectual onslaught from critical scholars, popular historians, TV documentaries, … Continue reading Who Was Jesus?
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. - … Continue reading Abide in Jesus
One Road to God, But Many Ways of Finding the Road? On the next day, their rulers and elders and scribes were gathered together in Jerusalem; and Annas the high priest was there, and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of high-priestly descent. When they had placed them in the center, they began to inquire, “By what power, or in … Continue reading Oneness With God – and the Path to God
One Sunday, when I was in my mid-teens, I walked over to hang out with my girl-friends before church (technically, they probably fit more in the "acquaintance" category, but in a certain sense, I consider most people to be my friends). One of them asked me the typical question "How are you?", and, believing at … Continue reading Is Depression a Sin?