Jesus Taken Up Into Heaven

What’s important to you?

What’s important to you?  Do we even take time to think about that question?  Or are we just so focused on “now” that we don’t even know what’s important.  Maybe I should say, what’s important in your future?  You know – beyond the next few minutes?  Even better, your distant future?  Where do you hope to be at the end of your life?  In other words, what’s your life goal?  What’s important for you to be able to achieve your life goal?

Since this site’s about Christianity, let me ask you.  Is Christianity important to you?  No matter your religion, is God important to you?

What's important to you?

Don’t settle for less, #05: Don’t wait until you’re ready

Don’t wait until you’re ready

If you wait until you’re ready, you’ll be waiting your entire life.  OK, I’ll go along with that part.  Even with: be as prepared as you can, but then dive in headfirst.

That’s all good stuff for the secular world.  But we’re taking this to look at what it takes to be a successful Christian.  Hopefully this part’s obvious, but we really ought to wait until God’s ready.

Don't wait until you're ready

Jesus and the Samaritan Woman – a different view

Jesus and the Samaritan Woman.  It’s part of John’s gospel that is often talked about. However, here’s a different view of it.  Sure, it’s important to show that the “living water” that Jesus offered was for everyone.  What if we look at it from the point of view of the Great Commission?  Not just as we’re to spread the word to all nations.  But as an example or template of how to go about spreading the gospel?

Notice the word on the chalkboard.  “Feedback”.  It seems like when we spread the gospel, we tend to want to talk.  Just keep saying the nice “churchy” words, and people will get the message.  They’ll say the so-called sinners prayer – which doesn’t exist – and be saved.  Not.

Jesus and the Samaritan Woman - a different view

Which is more important – Christmas or Easter?

Which is more important – Christmas or Easter?  Since so many people only go to church on Christmas and Easter, I’m guessing it’s a tough choice.  So they cover the bases, so to speak, and go to church for both.  But what if I told you that choosing between the two of them is kind of like forgetting that there are four bases in baseball?  That covering the bases thing is leaving out two really important days?

Which is more important - Christmas or Easter?

The problem of “Receive the Holy Spirit”

And with that he breathed on them and said, Receive the Holy Spirit.   This verse is from John 20:22.  Yes – John’s Gospel.  This is one of those verses that just makes you want to ask, “What is going on here?  Didn’t that happen later?  Wasn’t that in Acts?  On Pentecost?”

Let’s start someplace unexpected.  In the middle.  At the very beginning of the book of Acts, written by Luke.

Receive the Holy Spirit
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