We’re the “Body,” not the “Bride.”

I read a story recently by a Christian writer who equated the “Church” with the “Bride of Christ.” The writer’s tone assumed this to be the correct identity for all believers in Jesus Christ. It seems a common mistake I’ve heard preached frequently in many churches around the country, denominational and nondenominational alike. Continue reading

Grace vs. Patience

God’s grace “superabounds(Romans 5:15), “superexceeds(Romans 5:20),  and “overwhelms,” (1 Timothy 1:14). His patience, however, is limited (1 Peter 3:20).

Want evidence? Read the story of Noah, Sodom and Gomorrah, Moses, Saul, Jonah, and countless others (Heck, read the whole book of Revelation!).

What’s it all mean to us today? Perhaps at least this: God can’t lose us, since Christ died for us, but we can lose Him if we become stubborn and rebellious, and remain that way (Romans 1:16-32).

I’d much rather live in the  Father’s superabounding, superexceeding, overwhelming grace, wouldn’t you?

Blessings and joy in the journey.

Are WE aware what we are doing?

After three and a half years of ministering to God’s chosen people, Yeshua ha Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah) acknowledged that the people who had called for His destruction to protect their own positions, had no idea what they were doing when they insisted on His crucifixion.

Now Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they are not aware what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34) Continue reading