Christianity

Chris·ti·an·i·ty: The religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, sent by God. They believe that Jesus, by dying and rising from the dead, made up for the sin of Adam and thus redeemed the world, allowing all who believe in him to enter heaven. Christians rely on the Bible as the inspired word of God. Posts in this category pertain to social, political, philosophical, and moral issues regarding Christianity.

OYB May 12

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Today´s reading:
OT: I Samuel 12-13
NT: John 7:1-30
Ps: Psalm 108
Pr: Proverbs 15:4

Gospel Thread - OT, NT, Psalms/Proverbs:

I apologize if this is a cop-out, but my mind is elsewhere today. Rather than try to manufacture something to put here today, I am just going to say that I have nothing to add today, because my mind is on my daughter.

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OYB May 11

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Today´s reading:
OT: I Samuel 10-11
NT: John 6:43-71
Ps: Psalm 107
Pr: Proverbs 15:1-3

Gospel Thread - OT:

No direct gospel reference in today's OT reading.

Gospel Thread - NT:

I am the bread of life.

John 6:48 (NIV)

This sometimes-difficult passage is summed up in these six words. Jesus explains the spiritual and symbolic meaning of this passage at the last supper, when He institutes the sacrament of communion: the bread and wine symbolize Jesus' body and blood - the body broken to bear the wrath that was due for man's sin, and the blood that was shed as the sacrifice for sin.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say this—those he redeemed from the hand of the foe

Psalm 107:1-2 (NIV)

Indeed, God has redeemed us from the hand of our foe: both from sin and from Satan himself. Our response to this truth should be one of eternal thankfulness and gratitude. May we always set our thoughts on the eternal love of our Lord, and respond in kind with our own love and gratitude.

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OYB May 10

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Today´s reading:
OT: I Samuel 8-9
NT: John 6:22-42
Ps: Psalm 106:32-48
Pr: Proverbs 106:32-48

Gospel Thread - OT:

And the LORD told him: "Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king."

I Samuel 8:7 (NIV)

God always intended that He alone should be our King. The tragic story of the history of mankind is that we have repeatedly chosen to turn away from Him as our King, and in so doing we have given ourselves over to be enslaved by sin. But God, in His eternal goodness, provides hope for a way out of that slavery; and in His grace, He would use even the kings He appointed to try to help mankind recognize our need to serve God alone as our One, True King.

Gospel Thread - NT:

Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."

John 6:29 (NIV)

We do not achieve salvation by our own works; rather, salvation is God's gift to us, according to His grace, and through our faith in Jesus Christ.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

44 But he took note of their distress when he heard their cry;
45 for their sake he remembered his covenant and out of his great love he relented.

Psalm 106;44-45 (NIV)

Just as God heard Israel's cries of distress, still today God hears our cries of distress as well. When Israel cried out to God, He chose to hear them and to rescue them from their oppression. When we cry out to God, He chooses to hear us and to rescue us from our oppression. His covenant with us through Jesus Christ is everlasting; we need only to believe it and to respond.

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OYB May 9

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Today´s reading:
OT: I Samuel 5-7
NT: John 6:1-21
Ps: Psalm 106:13-31
Pr: Proverbs 14:32-33

Gospel Thread - OT:

No direct gospel reference in today's OT reading.

Gospel Thread - NT:

Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.

John 6:21 (NIV)

I infer from this verse that, prior to Jesus' appearance on the water, the disciples were having great difficulty reaching their destination in the stormy waters. Likewise, our only hope to navigate life's stormy waters is to accept Jesus, who has authority over the winds and the waves, to take control of the "boat" of our lives.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous have a refuge.

Proverbs 14:32 (NIV)

Again, the refuge of the righteous is Jesus Christ. Because of our relationship with Him, we have absolutely no fear of death - spiritual or physical - for Christ has redeemed us from spiritual death, and physical death brings us all the closer to the eternity we will spend in God's presence.

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OYB May 8

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Today´s reading:
OT: I Samuel 2:22-36, I Samuel 3-4
NT: John 5:24-47
Ps: Psalm 106:1-12
Pr: Proverbs 14:30-31

Gospel Thread - OT:

The LORD continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word.

I Samuel 3:21 (NIV)

God truly is consistent: just as He revealed Himself to Samuel through His Word, still today, He reveals Himself to us through His Word.

Gospel Thread - NT:

You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me

John 5:39 (NIV)

Jesus here is referring to the Law and Prophets of the Old Testament - in other words, He is referring to the Gospel thread of Scripture.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.

Proverbs 14:30 (NIV)

True, life-giving peace comes only through Jesus Christ.

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OYB May 7

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Today´s reading:
OT: I Samuel 1, I Samuel 2:1-21
NT: John 5:1-23
Ps: Psalm 105:37-45
Pr: Proverbs 14:28-29

Gospel Thread - OT:

those who oppose the LORD will be shattered. He will thunder against them from heaven; the LORD will judge the ends of the earth. He will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed.

I Samuel 4:10 (NIV)

Hannah's song of worship at the dedication of Samuel could certainly be considered to be, one at least one level, a messianic reference - especially these closing lines.

Gospel Thread - NT:

For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it.

John 5:21 (NIV)

Life - eternal, spiritual life - comes through Christ alone. Fortunately for us, He chose to make that life available to every one who will come to Him.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

43 He brought out his people with rejoicing, his chosen ones with shouts of joy;
44 he gave them the lands of the nations, and they fell heir to what others had toiled for-
45 that they might keep his precepts and observe his laws. Praise the LORD.

Psalm 105:43-45 (NIV)

God fulfilled His promise to Abraham through the Israelites - he redeemed and rescued and blessed them - for this purpose: that they might keep His precepts and observe His laws. It is for this same reason that God redeems and blesses us: that we might be Holy, as He is holy.

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OYB May 6

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Today´s reading:
OT: Ruth 2-4
NT: John 4:43-54
Ps: Psalm 105:16-36
Pr: Proverbs 14:26-27

Gospel Thread - OT:

Although it is true that I am near of kin, there is a kinsman-redeemer nearer than I.

Ruth 3:12 (NIV)

The book of Ruth truly is a beautiful story of love, loyalty, and redemption. The historical importance of this story is the genealogy of King David; however, I believe the story of the kinsman-redeemer is also allegorical for our kinsman-redeemer: Jesus Christ.

Gospel Thread - NT:

Jesus replied, "You may go. Your son will live." The man took Jesus at his word and departed.

John 4:50 (NIV)

Jesus tests this man's faith in this exchange. The official demonstrates his faith in two ways: in both his words (verse 49) and in his actions (verse 50). When his servants tell him the exact time his son's fever broke, the official realizes that it is at the exact moment that Jesus tells him that his son will live (verse 53). However, I think equally important is the coincidence between the fever breaking and the man's actions that demonstrated his faith. In other words, had he not demonstrated his belief in Jesus' ability to heal his son by turning to leave, I do not believe Jesus would have healed him. It is the principle that faith without works is dead: that faith must be evidenced by the action resulting from the working of that faith (James 2:14-25).

Likewise, our salvation requires both faith in Christ as Lord and Savior, and also the confession of that faith and the deeds demonstrating the changes in our lives resulting from that faith.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.

Proverbs 14:27 (NIV)

"Fear of the Lord" is both reverence for God and also a sober understanding of the consequences of our sin with respect to our standing before a Holy God. Thus, when our thinking is properly aligned with reality, we understand our need for God's plan of salvation. Proper "fear of the Lord" prevents us from justifying or rationalizing our standing before God against some man-made standard. We must realize that God's standard is perfection, because God Himself is perfect and holy. Thus, we realize that we are helpless and without hope on our own - and it is in this state of realization that we are prepared for the saving work of God's grace through Jesus Christ.

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OYB May 5

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Today´s reading:
OT: Judges 21, Ruth 1
NT: John 4:4-42
Ps: Psalm 105:1-15
Pr: Proverbs 14:25

Gospel Thread - OT:

No direct gospel reference in today's Old Testament reading.

Gospel Thread - NT:

13 Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

John 4:13-14 (NIV)

Jesus is the source of eternal life. We are created in God's image as spiritual beings. However, due to sin, we are spiritually dead, and separated from God. Through Jesus, we are given new life: a new spirit, the Holy Spirit, in and through whom we have eternal life.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.

Psalm 105:1 (NIV)

Part of the obligation of salvation is to share the gospel so that salvation might be spread throughout the whole world.

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OYB May 4

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Today´s reading:
OT: Judges 19-20
NT: John 3:22-36, John 4:1-3
Ps: Psalm 104:24-35
Pr: Proverbs 14:22-23

Gospel Thread - OT:

No direct gospel reference in today's Old Testament reading.

Gospel Thread - NT:

He must become greater; I must become less.

John 3:30 (NIV)

This principle, spoken by John the Baptist, encapsulates the key to pursuing holiness in Christ: he must increase, we must decrease - in will, in desire, in thought, in every aspect of our lives. This is the part of the Gospel plan in which we make our savior Jesus truly the Lord of our lives.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in his works

Psalm 104:31 (NIV)

Ultimately, the purpose of creation and for God's plan for man's redemption - the purpose of everything is to bring glory to God. Satan has attempted to deny God's glory and to glorify himself instead, by inducing man to fall into sin; but God glorifies Himself in redeeming us and restoring us to His holiness.

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OYB May 3

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Today´s reading:
OT: Judges 17-18
NT: John 3:1-21
Ps: Psalm 104
Pr: Proverbs 14:20-21

Gospel Thread - OT:

In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.

Judges 17:6 (NIV)

The phrase "Israel had no king" is used four times in these closing chapters of Judges. The phrase always jumps out at me each time it is used, because it coincides with the continual downward spiral of a nation moving farther and farther away from their call as God's chosen people. If only Israel had pursued God, and walked in His ways, they never would have needed an earthly king. Eventually, even the earthly kings God would establish over Israel would themselves lead the nation further into depravity. This outcome served to prove that Israel - and the rest of the world - did not need earthly kings, but rather a spiritual one: God Himself, through Jesus Christ, our eternal prophet, high priest, and king.

Gospel Thread - NT:

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.

John 3:16-18 (NIV)

I believe these words of Jesus are self-explanatory.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

No direct gospel reference in today's Psalms/Proverbs reading.

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