Category Archives: Imitating Christ

If you suffered for Him today, you are blessed indeed!

For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly.  For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if … Continue reading

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Live your life in the spirit of Jesus

How would Jesus approach this day if the only way He could live it was in your shoes? That is, imagine that you had died last night and that Jesus was going to continue your life standing in for you … Continue reading

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Are you working on your reputation…?

Are you working on your reputation with God? We all have a reputation with Him as sinners, but He’s giving us time to redeem that reputation.

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Our reputation with God versus our reputation with people

Jesus died with a reputation on earth as being worthy of execution as a criminal.  He was beaten, stripped, and mocked for the life He had led.  His reputation in heaven, however, was a dramatically different one. Are you willing to … Continue reading

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Be Strong in the Lord

“…be strong in the Lord…” –  Ephesians 6:10 The Lord does not want us to be spiritually weak.  For this reason He gives us His word as manna for our souls.  That is, He speaks…and we are strengthened. He who said of … Continue reading

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Following Jesus

When Jesus says, “Follow Me,” He means that we should mimic the pattern of His life – which is to humble ourselves in this life that we might be exalted in the life to come. Jesus always avoided opportunities to … Continue reading

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Suffering with Christ

Suffering with Christ is suffering for the name of Christ.  That is, it is suffering that comes to us because of our association with, and obedience to, Jesus Christ.  We should not shrink from this kind of suffering, but rather we … Continue reading

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Be lovers of righteousness!

You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of joy above Your fellows. –  Psalm 45:7 The One who gave Himself for us loves righteousness and hates lawlessness; let us therefore … Continue reading

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God Wants Righteousness, Not Ritual

The Bible teaches us that God’s desire has always been for people to do right – not necessarily that they act “religious.” Jesus did not make a name for Himself by performing the animal sacrifices that were expected in his day, … Continue reading

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Two Things We Learn from the Life of Jesus Christ

The life of Jesus gives us two profoundly important takeways: His life reveals what God is like. It reveals what our lives should be like. Therefore, let us imitate Jesus, knowing that the God to whom we are relating thinks and … Continue reading

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