Monday, June 26, 2017

We Have Been Forgiven By God

One of the biggest challenges that we as Christians face is to forgive others. This is so important to our salvation that the Bible recounts several times where Jesus told us. In the Lord's Prayer, we say "and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us". In Matthew's Gospel, Jesus says (Mt 7:1-2) "Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you." Luke's Gospel recounts a similar statement by our LORD (Lk 6:37): "Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven." This message of not judging is also included as one of the more important points to the story The Shack. Continue reading "We Have Been Forgiven By God"

Monday, June 19, 2017

Even If

One strong underlying theme throughout the Bible is that we should trust God. The trust should be absolute, that is, to trust him when things are going badly as well as when things are going great. The Bible documents those times when individuals did not trust God as well as when they did. Thus, Adam and Eve did not trust God and instead believed the devil, then were thrown out of Eden. The Israelites did not trust God when he first let them see the promised land resulting in their wandering through the desert an additional 40 years. Continue reading "Even If"

Monday, June 12, 2017

Washed Clean by His Blood

The human race is fallen, beset by a sinful nature. It is evident every day all around us. We see violence and hatred. We see greed and selfishness. We see envy, lust, and sloth. People have shown themselves capable of performing unspeakable acts of depravity on other people. Continue reading "Washed Clean by His Blood"

Monday, June 5, 2017

Open Up The Heavens

Pentecost means fiftieth. Pentecost is celebrated on the fiftieth day after Easter. It's timing is based on the Jewish celebration of the Feast of Weeks, Shavout. Shavout celebrates the Jews becoming God's holy people by the acceptance of the Law. For Christians, Pentecost is symbolically similar to Shavout in that the Christian community celebrates becoming the Church of Christ, initiated by the actions of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost is, therefore, the birthday of the Catholic Church.

The Acts of the Apostles describe the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles (Acts 2:1-4):    Continue reading Open Up The Heavens