Christ and Buddha

I have many wonderful and caring Buddhist friends as well as others from different beliefs. Many say there are no real differences between Buddha and Christ; that they are the same. While there are some striking similarities, there are some glaring and crucial differences. —Buddha taught a moral life through our own selves.. Jesus taught... Continue Reading →

Baptize YOU? No way!

Jesus then appeared, arriving at the Jordan River from Galilee. He wanted John to baptize him. John objected, "I'm the one who needs to be baptized, not you!" But Jesus insisted. "Do it. God's work, putting things right all these centuries, is coming together right now in this baptism." So John did it. (Matthew 3:13-15... Continue Reading →

Posers

"And do not think you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham" -- Luke 3:9 If there is one group Jesus and his followers were in constant "battle" with it had to be the religious leaders of... Continue Reading →

The True Christ

His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” (Matthew 3:12 NIV) What really stands out to me is what John DOESN'T say about Jesus. John describes a Christ who is bringing an axe, fire, and... Continue Reading →

Producing Fruit

Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. (Matthew 3:8, 9 NIV) If God has a list of favorite words, "fruit" would have to be in the... Continue Reading →

Closer to God

At any given moment, there is someone on this planet from a different religion earnestly pouring out his or her heart to their idea of "God". This person will spend hours in prayer asking God to hear them...to answer their petitions, to hear their cries and respond in some way. Each time I visit the... Continue Reading →

The Kingdom of God

Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that... Continue Reading →

Heaven on the half-shell

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value,... Continue Reading →

If only there was a law….

"For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. "(Matthew 15:19 NIV) According to NBC news, more than 40,000 new state laws went into effect last year. Those do not include the many federal laws which also took affect, and does not include the ones that are already on... Continue Reading →

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