Who Are You?

Jesus Christ is the center of Christianity, without Him there is nothing left. It is no surprise that Satan will try his hardest to destroy the person of Jesus Christ.

Many have called into question Christ’s deity. If I had written the Bible, I would have done a better job stating things plainly! I kid, I kid. But it would be nice if Scripture came right out and said stuff, “Hey, Jesus is God.”

Well, it pretty much does! John 1:1 is pretty clear and here’s another clear one from Acts 20:28, “. . . feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”

“His own blood” is a deep statement. God, who is a spirit, humbled Himself to become flesh, part of His own creation, to die for it. He shed His own blood, giving His life for us.

To say that Christ was some guy whom God used and kept perfect undermines the love of our Creator for His creation. It undermines the doctrine of inherited sin. It calls into question who is the Head of the Church. Basically, if Christ is not God, Scripture is complete nonsense.

If you throw this out, you might as well chuck the rest. Jesus Christ is God. It’s a foundational truth, without it, faith crumbles.

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Who Said It?

It’s rare that a presidential candidate — a Democrat, no less — tugs his glasses off and says, “Let’s pray.” It’s rarer still that the candidate concludes, “In Christ’s name.”

Which presidential hopeful took this risk? Find out here.

Sweet And Sour

I love passages that show emotion and life. Often we think of Bible characters and events as non-human somehow. They’re just words on paper, we forget that they’re real.

I like the books of Ezra and Nehemiah because of their emotion; you can feel what they’re going through. It is for this reason that Paul’s farewell address to the elders at Ephesus in Acts 20 appeals to me.

Paul pours his heart out to his people one last time. He knows he’ll never speak to them again and they know they’ll never see him again. You can see them lingering by the boat before he takes off, waiting as long as possible to say “Good bye.”

But Paul has things to do. He is set to go to Jerusalem and he knows he will be imprisoned and bad things will happen, but he has to go. He has one last charge for his people: watch out. Be careful. Paul’s ministry was marked by persecution and he sees it coming their way too.

Be ready for it. Expect it. But grow anyway. Stick with what Paul taught.

He’s done. Tears flow. A friend is gone, but it’s all worth it because heaven looms where they will all meet again. Beautiful.

New Noah’s Ark

I believe I mentioned this guy back when he began working on his ark, but he’s done now. He has officially made a replica of Noah’s Ark, complete with animal models to show how they could all fit.

Reckoning by the old biblical measurements, Johan’s fully functional ark is 150 cubits long, 30 cubits high and 20 cubits wide. That’s two-thirds the length of a football field and as high as a three-story house.

The actual ark was about five times bigger than this, but still, pretty cool!