A Christian’s calling is to follow in Jesus footsteps. A great opportunity and we both know how hard this can be to accomplish. It all centers on our human mind - is the control hub of everything. The direction of our Christian mind hangs in the balance between opposing forces. Watch this short vlog then listen to the full podcast of the same name.
One of the most amazing things about Jesus calling followers was that he often did things to turn people away. In John 6 he said following him required the eating his flesh and drinking his blood. In Luke 14 he said that to be worthy of him, you had to hate your family – all of them! Right after that difficult message, Jesus told three stories that illustrated different and important aspects of becoming a disciple. For more Scriptures and thoughts on those three stories watch this short vlog then listen to our full podcast with the same title.
The Bible can help us with peer pressure at any age. Watch this short vlog then listen to the full podcast of the same name for more.
...Unless one is “born again.” This phrase carries great meaning no matter what Christian denomination you come from. The meaning of the phrase certainly changes depending upon your particular belief system, but the power of the phase remains intact. To be “born again” in all cases implies one of the most significant spiritual changes any person can ever experience. So when does being “born again” happen and what does it really mean? Does this spiritual change happen when one is baptized as an infant or when one commits their life to God through Jesus or when one is baptized as an adult or when one dies? Is this spiritual change a prepaid one way ticket to heaven or an opportunity for power and control in your present life, or is it a sober and humbling opportunity to sacrifice all that you have and all that you are?
We all would like to think that we are special in some way before God. We want to be sure of His love for us and His guiding hand in our lives. But we know that everyone is not called to follow Jesus and we also know that according to the Bible, God does specifically call some to follow. How does this work? How does God get your attention and touch your heart and mind? What makes us want to respond to God and what might make us shy away from responding to Him?
The Bible teaches us that there is a special group of individuals who will go to heaven. Who are in this special group? Find out who the group is and how we can be a part of it!