They will hate you because they first hated me

The Christian Martyrs' Last Prayer, by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1883). The artist also commented on the religious fortitude of the victims who were about to suffer martyrdom either by being devoured by the wild beasts or by being smeared with pitch and set ablaze, which also never took place in the Circus Maximus.

“If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me before it hated you (John 15:18).” Who hated Jesus? Not the multitudes who were fed, not the multitudes who were healed, not the multitudes who were forgiven, not the multitudes who lined the road and shouted Hosanna. The ones who hated Jesus were the separated religious zealots who plotted against him and scourged him and delivered him to Pilate to be killed. And, they will throw you out of the synagogues and Continue reading


What about missionaries?

Franciscans of the California missions wore gray habits, rather than the brown cassocks that are worn today. Taken from p. 20 of San Juan Capistrano Mission by Engelhardt, Zephyrin (1922).

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns! (Isaiah 52:7) This is a beautiful message of deliverance for Jerusalem. It was spoken in the context of Zion being taken captive by Assyria. The prophet sees the messenger come bounding over the mountains of Judaea, to bring the news to Jerusalem that her deliverance is come (ver. 7). The Continue reading


What about aliens?

The consistent message of sin, judgment, death, sacrifice, salvation, redemption, and life in the Bible has been given for thousands of years from Adam & Eve until today and from now on to forever. This message records the history of mankind. This message records the creation of the Earth. This message describes Adam & Eve’s sin in the garden of Eden. This message prophecies God’s promise of a redeemer to them. This message illuminates our sins and our need for Continue reading


The Light of the World

Composite image of the Earth at night

This is the greatest story ever told. Jesus Christ is the light of the world. He has enlightened everyone who ever lived. He is enlightening everyone on the Earth. He will enlighten everyone who ever lives. In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was Continue reading


Are you calling God a liar?

If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts (1 John 1:8-10) Since we believe human testimony, surely we can believe the Continue reading


What kind of music hates God?

music clef sound by geralt at pixabay

This can be a complex and contentious issue. Let’s not make useless rules and regulations. Let’s not make judgments. Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to work in our consciences to help us live a godly life. Consider what the Apostle Paul wrote at the closing of his letter to the Christians at Philppi… And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and Continue reading


What about a statement of faith?


Most Christian churches and organizations write a statement of faith to document their understanding of the Bible so you can know what they believe. We have resisted doing this for fear that we would put an arbitrary gloss on one portion of scripture over another. But, in this age of world-wide communication through the internet, I think it would be wise to have something available. Therefore, I have attempted to list some Bible verses that I believe are non-negotiable truths… Continue reading