Jesus did not tell parables to confirm well-known truths, but rather to shatter well-known truths.
From John 8:31-32: “Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in Him, ‘If you continue in My word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.'”
John Newton (1725-1807) was an English pastor who also was a writer of several hymns, including the beloved “Amazing Grace.” His early life is filled with contrasts, when compared to his later life. He served as a ship’s captain during the slave trade, but later renounced his work after his conversion to Christianity. He became an outspoken opponent of the slave trade later in his life.
From 2 Timothy 13-14: “Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.”
Grateful to Father
Clear conscience worships free
Prayers seek encouragement
Always knowing thee
Heart filling with joy
Trust growing, day by day
God’s Word leading each journey
Molding us like clay
Surrounded by truth
Self-discipline stands fast
Spirit of resolve and love
Lord’s grace built to last
Saved by Christ’s mercy
Hallowed be His power
Called to always follow Him
With each passing hour
Light conquers darkness
Faith in Christ, living free
Guided by Holy Spirit
Always knowing thee
From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley: “The Bible is our protection against deception.”
Now the true soldiers of Christ must always be prepared to do battle for the truth, and must never, so far as lies with them, allow false convictions to creep in.
From Ephesians 6:13-15: “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on the evil day and, having prevailed against everything, to stand firm. Stand, therefore, and belt your waist with truth and put on the breastplate of righteousness and lace up your sandals in preparation for the gospel of peace.”
Origen of Alexandria (c. 185 – c. 253) was also known as Origen Adamantius. He was a Christian scholar and theologian who spent the first half of his life in Alexandria (Egypt).
No amount of evidence will ever persuade an idiot.
Samuel Clemens (1835-1910), better know by his pen name of Mark Twain, is often recognized as one of America’s greatest humorists. Novelist and writer William Faulkner called him the “father of American literature.” While he was in California in 1865, his literary skills struck gold with the story of “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.”
From Colossians 3:1-2: “So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on the things that are above, not on the things that are on earth.”
Being raised in Christ
Revealing His love
Filling heart with peace
From Father above
Mind on Word above
Forsaking life’s sins
Love of Jesus wins
Humbleness shall win
Stripping away old
Shaping with Christ’s love
Renewed in God’s mold
Holy Spirit molds
Fearing God’s justice
Love’s compass directs
Heart’s kindness directs
Loving each other
Sharing Father’s grace
With every brother
From Colossians 3:12-13: “Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”
It does not matter what your personal deficiency, or whether it be a hundred and one different things, God has always one sufficient answer, His Son Jesus Christ, and He is the answer to every need.
From John 14:6: “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'”
Watchman Nee (1903-1972) was a Chinese church leader and Christian teacher. He authored a collection of Christian books, and he endured persecution for his beliefs. Ultimately, he died while being imprisoned for the final twenty years of his life.
Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile.
From John 4:23-24: “But the hour is coming and is now here when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Billy Sunday (1862-1935) was an American baseball player during the early years of professional baseball. Fortunately for believers and nonbelievers, Sunday later became one of the most influential evangelists in America during the first two decades of the 20th century.