Category Archives: Relationship with Christ

Relating to Christ

Since Christ is God, we must relate to Christ as we would relate to God. When Christ walked the earth, we – or rather the human beings who encountered Him in those days – related to Him as a man.  However, … Continue reading

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The Necessity of Self

Yesterday I wrote about the inadequacy of self, and today I want to write about the necessity of self.  These two concepts are not in opposition to each other; they are both true, and are complementary.  Without God, we cannot; … Continue reading

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The Inadequacy of Self

Once you actually understand that Jesus wants us to live life as He did – taking up our cross daily and following Him – you come to a profound and disturbing realization: you realize that you are incapable of living such a … Continue reading

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In Christ, To Live Is To Love

If you are taking up your cross daily and following Christ, then it will seem perfectly fitting to pray along these lines: …Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done… –  Matthew 6:9-10 (emphasis added) The emphasis … Continue reading

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The Way of the Cross

As I said in the post Love Hurts a week or two ago, we do not need instruction on how to love people who love us.  It comes naturally.  What is as unnatural as a golf swing is loving those who give … Continue reading

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Daily Prayer

When Jesus taught His disciples how to pray, He gave them a form of prayer (called The Lord’s Prayer) which implied that it was to be a daily exercise.  Here’s the specific part to which I’m referring: Give us this … Continue reading

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Enemy Number One

As explained in yesterday’s post (Know Your Enemies), praying for our enemies begins with praying for the members of our own family.  Jesus of Nazareth brought to light the radical idea that evil isn’t something to be avoided “out there” as … Continue reading

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Family Is the Foundational Focus

In the Ten Commandments we are told to honor father and mother (#5) and to avoid adultery (#7).  Heeding these two commandments makes for strong families. Why is it important for families to be strong?  Because families are the atoms … Continue reading

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Jesus Knew His Limitations

During his earthly life, Jesus never traveled outside the confines of ancient Israel.  A trip from one end of that region to the other was less than 200 miles.  Moreover, his ministry in that territory focused on Jews; he had to be … Continue reading

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“A Man of Sorrows and Acquainted with Grief” for More Than One Reason

Jesus was not just “a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” for his own sake.  Because he loved his neighbor, he was burdened with their sorrows and griefs as well as his own.  He cared about the difficulties that … Continue reading

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