Do all roads lead to God? “No,” says William Paul Young, “but God is willing to travel any road to find you.”
My friend and I were meeting at the baseball stadium to watch my San Francisco Giants play. Parking costs as much as the ticket, so I decided to take public transportation. From my house there isn’t one bus that takes me directly there, so I had to take one bus and transfer to another, which dropped me off right in front of the ballpark.
Though I believe that Jesus is the only way to the Father, there might well be a number of ways to Jesus. Creation, conscience, culture, crises and even some aspects of creed (religion) are like those buses that lead people to — the “Jesus Bus!” They can serve as vehicles that can bring us to The Vehicle that brings us to God. It’s necessary for devotees of other religions to “transfer” from their former way to The Way in order to get all the way to the Father. How and when they make this transfer, and even what the process of transfer looks like is so far above my pay grade that I can only speculate. Continue reading
I have told precious few stories about the people in the street ministries I’m involved with or asked my readers to pray for individuals. It’s not that there haven’t been lots of needs out there – LOTS! – I just haven’t taken the time to share them. I’ll share one here, a particularly extraordinary one, with both terrific and tragic components to it.
Since he gave me permission I’m gonna use his actual street name and the picture I took of him at our last Bible Study where we sent him off to prison! I’m getting ahead of myself. I’ll begin at the beginning, his new beginning I mean. Continue reading
12 But who can discern their own errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.
14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:12-14
I can’t say that David had the same things in mind that I have in mine when he wrote, sang, and delivered these lyrics to Israel’s “Worship Pastor” (what an amazing job that would’ve been!). But that’s the beauty of the Bible’s poetry. It’s more visceral than academic. Nevertheless, as I was reading this on a day when my own sinfulness was more evident and more bothersome than most days it fostered a conversation with God about my “errors, hidden faults, willful sins, and great transgressions.” Continue reading
“This won’t last. You’ll get over it. It’s just a phase,” said my roommate Bill when I told him I decided to follow Jesus. That was 41 years ago today, August 20, 1972, and I’m still waiting for it to wear off. It hasn’t. I guess it’s because it’s not an “it,” it’s a “him.” He hasn’t decided to go away and fortunately I haven’t asked him to.
When we were leaving the church meeting where I went to the altar and gave my heart to Jesus, I said to my girlfriend, “I don’t think anyone will have to tell me how to do this. I can feel him inside, and I think he’s going to show me his way.” I had no idea of how much he would do just that. It’s an inside job he does, and he does it well. He’s been nothing but good to me for all these years. Continue reading
This summary study of a theme in the Bible called, “Justification” is intended to inform you and inspire you. Your Christian walk will never again be the same once you begin to understand how incredible it is to be “justified” by what Jesus did for you on the cross. How you perceive this truth will make your Christian life enjoyable and solid. Martin Luther said, “The mark of a standing or falling church is its perception of Justification.” If you want to be a sturdy and prolific Jesus follower, this brief study should help you immensely.
Salvation from Sin’s PRESENCE (Man’s Eternal Dilemma)
Salvation from Sin’s POWER (Man’s Moral Dilemma)
Salvation from Sin’s PENALTY (Man’s Legal Dilemma)
The writer of Hebrews says, “He is able to save completely those who come to God through Christ” (Hebrews 7:25). The salvation He gives us is complete, and deals with every aspect of our sinful dilemma. It fixes our legal, moral and eternal dilemmas. He provides deliverance from sin’s penalty, sin’s power and sin’s presence. To look at it another way, God has made a “declaration” in redeeming, justifying, and adopting us to consider us righteous. He has also made a “determination” in regenerating and sanctifying us. He also has a final “destination” for us in glorification when He takes us to heaven and makes us perfect. Continue reading