True North Trek Romans 1:1-17

Okay last week I introduced you to the Apostle Paul and talked a little about Rome and the church in Rome. So let’s get started on our trek through the Book of Romans. It will help if you have your bible opened to Romans chapter 1 so you can follow along.

Paul starts Romans, much like he does all of his letters, with a greeting. This is probably the longest of his greetings and this first post will focus pretty much just on this greeting because it is loaded with some pretty useful information. We don’t want to skip over scripture or read through it quickly just cause you think it’s only the “Hi, how are ya” part of the letter.

First he introduces himself:

  • As a servant of Christ. Showing his commitment and devotion. Servant here is a significant designation for us as christians. We are all called to serve Christ, that is an obvious assumption in being called a follower of Christ, but in our daily lives what does that really mean? The Church is the Body of Christ and since it is the Body of Christ we are to serve the Church. Not the “building and the programs” that we call the church, but the “PEOPLE” that Christ calls the Church. Part of serving the people may include the building and programs but the focus is “The People” the Body of Christ. Since we do not know all who are or will be part of the Body of Christ, having a servant attitude toward all people in general is being a servant of Christ.
  • As an Apostle, showing his commission before the Lord. He is a messenger, one sent out by God to proclaim God’s Word “The Gospel” and God’s purpose, not Paul’s purposes.
  • He is set apart for the Gospel showing his mandate or the reason for his apostleship and we also know from Acts and in just a few verses that he has a special calling to preach the Gospel to the Gentile world.

Next Paul goes into introducing the Gospel to his readers.

  • First Paul makes it clear it is God’s gospel not something he is making up or claiming as his “great idea”.
  • It is the Gospel God promised through the Prophets, again not a new thing, Jesus “The Gospel” “The Good News” is not a New Testament idea. He is spoken of and looked froward to throughout the Old and New Testaments. Jesus is the Gospel and you will find him in every book from Genesis to Revelation.

Now he introduces Jesus himself.

  • He is of the line of David. Fully human and a fulfillment of prophecy.
  • He is the Son of God, in all his power, and through the Spirit of Holiness is equal to God and indeed is God.
  • He was in fact resurrected from the dead, defeating death, which it turns out is very very good for us!
  • He is the Christ, the Messiah, our Lord, and our Lord is God!

Next he talks about his ministry

  • The source of his ministry is Christ
  • The focus of his ministry is the Gentiles
  • He received his ministry, his calling, by Grace.

Now we are introduced to his audience, the original audience, not you.

  • First off they were already believers: “belong to Christ”, “loved by God”, “called to be his Holy people”
  • They were known for their faith
  • He prayed for them often.
  • He desired to go to Rome and meet with them in person. At this time he is prevented from going to Rome, but we find in Acts that he eventually makes it there. It happens to be as a prisoner, but God still gets him there.
  • In verse 15 we see that he is eager to preach the Gospel to them. In knowing that they are already Christians this helps us realize that the Gospel is not just a “get the heathen saved” thing we share with nonbelievers, but a valuable ongoing part of our Christian walk. It should continue to be the focal point of our teaching and conversation as brothers and sisters in Christ.

In closing of Paul’s introduction here he kind of summarizes the Gospel in verses 16-17.

  • Number one he is not ashamed of it, and neither should we be.
  • It is powerful, “dunamis” were we get the word dynamite, it is explosive power!
  • It is for salvation, life changing, not just a free pass ticket out of hell!
  • It is for “all” who “believe”!! Emphasis on “ALL” as in everyone and “BELIEVE”. Belief in Christ as your Savior is the complete and total, beginning to end, list of the requirements needed for salvation in the Gospel of Christ! Anything else is not the Word of God!!!
  • It is a revelation of God’s righteousness and that righteousness will cause us to live by faith.

Well that wraps up the first 17 verses of Romans. I hope this has helped open this up to you a little more. If it brings up questions please leave a comment and I will get back to you. God bless and we will continue on in a couple days.

GOD is GOOD!!!

The True North Trek Romans

I am going to start a commentary on the book of Romans that will go along with the study I am doing on Sunday mornings. I will also be posting the outlines that I am using under the Bible study tab at the top of the web page. Please feel free to use any of this however you might find beneficial in your studies. I would like feedback, good or bad, so I can improve what I am writing. God Bless and enjoy!!

Let’s start out with a little introduction to Romans and the author, the Apostle Paul.

Paul is pretty much the undisputed author of the book of Romans and also wrote a total of 13 of the 21 epistles (letters) found in the New Testament. He was a Roman citizen and a Jew, his Roman citizenship was very helpful later in his ministry in actually getting him to Rome and keeping him alive to continue God’s plan for his life (Acts 22:25-29) , and it also gave him time to write down a few things for us. Saul was born in Tarsus of Cilicia, a very influential city in this time, learned a trade (tent maker) (Acts 18:3) and was taught under a very prominent Jewish teacher named Gamaliel (Acts 22:3) who was also the leader of the Sanhedrin or Jewish Council. He was a very good student excelled in his studies, in fact was found blameless by the law (Phil 3:6), and became very zealous in his persecution of the early Christians (Acts 22:4, 26:10-11, Gal 1:13). We see him first as the one who held the robes of the ones who stoned Stephen (Acts 7:58) and he quickly became one who terrified the christian community. Then of course he met Christ on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-16) in a very amazing and eye opening or shutting way. (Read the story and you’ll understand).

At first Paul was not easily received by the disciples because of his reputation, but soon became a great force in the expansion of the church in the gentile world. Acts 9:15 is where he gets his commission to be an apostle to the Gentiles and this is also reaffirmed in Gal1:16 and Romans 11:13. He spent his early years of ministry in Syria, Arabia and Judea (Acts 9:19-29, Gal 1:17-21) then ended up back in Tarsus for about nine years (Acts 9:30). Then he meets up with Barnabas and heads down to Antioch in Syria (Acts 11:25-30, 12:25) and this becomes kind of his home base for three of his missionary journeys. (Acts 13:1-14:28, 15:36-18:22, 18:23-21:17) While in Jerusalem at the end of his third mission he is imprisoned and taken to Cessarea for two years. (Acts 23:31, 26:30-32) This is where his Roman citizenship helps him, one to stay alive, but also to allow him to go to Rome. The Jews in Jerusalem want him dead, the Romans really have no reason to kill him, and he uses his right to come before Caesar as a Roman citizen to be sent to Rome. (Acts 25 and 26) So he is put on a ship for Rome, a terrible voyage, and is imprisoned there for about two years under house arrest. (Acts 27:1-28:31) Tradition says that he was freed for awhile and allowed to resume limited travels for a time and then in 64 A.D. Nero began his persecution of the Christians in Rome and Paul was imprisoned once again. It is believed he was beheaded in Rome sometime around 67 A.D.

Okay, so that’s a real basic outline of Paul and his ministry, we will get to know him better as we study through Romans and in the future Acts. Just a little about Rome, it was of course the center of the Roman Empire, and at this time had a population of about 1 million people. A majority of the population was slaves, in fact, in the census of A.D. 47 the Roman empire had roughly 80 million people and only 6 million of those were citizens. When I first read these numbers I was shocked, that’s a lot of people, thank God we live in a time of electricity and indoor plumbing. Rome was also a religious center with over 420 temples to just about any god you could think of. In the middle of that was Christ’s Church, interestingly a lot of people assume that the church in Rome was established by Peter often considered the first “Pope”, but in reality it was probably started by travelers from Rome that were present in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:10) and some of those scattered after the stoning of Stephen. (Acts 8:1-4) The church in Rome was made up of both Jew and Gentile believers.

Well next post we will dive into Romans 1, this will be fun and I hope something useful. Please let me know what you think, and if you have questions I will be glad to do my best to answer them.

God Bless and GOD is GOOD!!!

He chose you!!! John 15:16

John 15:16

You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.

What an amazing promise, we are Christ’s because he chose us.

We tend to think that it is us who initiates our relationship with Christ. We have come to a place in our life that makes us seek out God and by finding him we are able to have a relationship and accept salvation. Isn’t It so fortunate for him that we have chosen to seek him out.

This sounds silly but sometimes by the way we aproach and teach about salvation, even when we emphasize salvation by Grace alone, we make it seem like we are the ones who initiate the relationship.

We contribute nothing to Grace!  It has been there all along, not waiting to be found or sought out, Grace chose you before you were created. Our only part in Grace is beleif in Christ, he has done everything else.  He sought you, He chose you, He died for you, He washed you, He has made you clean and righteous before the Father. You will spend eternity in Glory because He chose you.

He also has a plan for you, to bear fruit, good friut that lasts and glorifies God. We are called to be a good witness to the Grace that has been given us. Sharing the faith within you to others who have been chosen just like you, but don’t know it yet. Some would say “so works are required”, I say only an extremely lazy, ungrateful, self important man would consider sharing something that was given freely, in abundance and undeserved with others “work”. If it is work, then Jesus is the kind of boss I want to be working for.  Knowing that he promises whatever we ask the father in his name will be done, and that, only because HE chose us.

But he isn’t our boss, if you look at the verses before this one and others throughout the new testament you find he calls us freind, brother co-heirs to the kingdom of heaven. Why wouldn’t you want to share such awesome news?

Christ chose you before one nail peirced his body, don’t diminish the Grace given you by not proclaiming it daily to those around you.

Be Blessed

GOD is GOOD!!!

True North Trek John 1:6-11

Okay back to the book of John! If your lost go back to my other post and reread it, I had to. So last post we discussed that Jesus is indeed God. As we continue on in John we will find that Jesus is indeed God! See a pattern?

John 1:6 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.  The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.

So this is not the book of John, John, this is John the Baptist. As was prophesied in Isaiah he was sent by God to prepare the way for Jesus. If you look in Luke chapter one you will see that John’s birth was pretty miraculous in that Zechariah and Elizabeth were unable to have children until of course God stepped in. The story kinda sounds like one from the Old Testament, Abraham and Sarah, you should read them both. Any way God sent John to point people to the Light, Jesus is the Light of the world. Darkness cannot prevail against Him! John as you will see in the coming verses is very careful to make people realize he is not the light. He wanted to make sure people knew that Jesus was coming to give light to all who believe.

John was witnessing about Christ, Christ at this time had not come out to proclaim who he was. John was preparing the world for that time, which was very soon. Right here is where reading the other Gospels helps with the time line of things. John isn’t as concerned with the order of events like the other Gospel writers were. But if you read the other gospels you will find that John’s ministry preceded Christ’s and then when Christ revealed himself John’s ministry was complete. Now John had a pretty big following, he could have kept going and  probably built a huge church, raised lots of money in the name of Jeeesuus! But he knew his purpose! POINT TO CHRIST!! Christ is the ministry, our ministry is to  point to Christ, there might be a few around these days that have kinda forgot that. If what you are doing in the name of Jesus is not fully and completely pointing to Christ you need to reevaluate your motives. Pray about it and listen, God probably has a pretty strong opinion about where your motives should be.

Verse 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.

Not much has changed in 2000 years, the world still rejects the Light. The created rejects the Creator. People don’t recognize who Christ is and yet he is the one who breathed them into existence. Baffling isn’t it! I was thinking this kind of destroys all our excuses for not sharing the Gospel. If the creator of the universe gets rejected, we can expect to maybe get shut down every once in a while ourselves. But the good news is, well, The Good News, rejection by some doesn’t change God’s grace to those who believe.

Have a wonderful week! We’ll talk more tomorrow.

GOD is GOOD!!!

 

True North Trek : Luke 4:16-21 and Isaiah 61:1-3 Part 3

So lets wrap this little study up today.

Isaiah 61:2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion–to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

The year of the Lord’s favor refers to a law given to Moses where every fifty years all debts were forgiven, Hebrew slaves were set free and land that had been taken was returned to the owner or his family. Also known as the year of Jubilee. We as believers have entered into a sort of “year of the Lord’s favor” when we accepted Christ. Our debts have been forgiven, we’ve been set free and we no longer belong to the world but have been returned to our rightful master CHRIST! Probably more appropriately called the time of the Lord’s favor because it will last till Christ return’s and then beyond that it gets even better for those who are in Christ.

The day of God’s vengeance is also to be proclaimed. Those who reject Christ will know God’s vengeance, whether they accept it or not they need to be told there is a choice. God’s vengeance is designed for Satan and the fallen angels not for man. He want’s none to perish, but he is Holy and Just so some will perish of their own free will rejecting Christ. Everyone has a choice, live in God’s favor, or suffer God’s vengeance. It is surprising and sad how many will knowingly choose the later.

And then he promises comfort for those who mourn, to give you a crown of beauty instead of ashes. The oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of despair. I am so thankful that I have God’s comfort in this world. That I have a Joy and a Hope beyond the trials of this life. It is so easy to wear this garment of praise when you understand what God has done. How amazing it is to see people who once wallowed in dejection, hopelessness and despair now walking in victory with a garment of praise covering their life.

We will be called Oaks of Righteousness a planting of the Lord to display his Glory. After God cleans us up, heals our broken hearts, sets us free, comforts our mourning and secures our eternity with him, he uses us to show his splendor and declare his Glory on this earth. What did we do to deserve this? NOTHING!!!! that is why it’s called GRACE. Our one and only contribution to this is belief. Accepting Christ’s gift and resting in God’s grace. And yes of course there’s the whole repenting and changing our behavior and attitudes, but the truth of it is,the Holy Spirit does most of the work there too.

We have such a powerful and glorious Gospel, but to be effective we have to believe it and apply it in our lives. I read of a pastor who was asked one day “If the Gospel is so great why isn’t everyone a christian?” The pastor responded ” If soap is so good, why isn’t everyone clean?” Does the fact that there are dirty people testify against the value of soap? Of course not, it works well, you just have to apply it.

God Bless your day, I hope this study was good and helpful.

GOD is GOOD!!!

Comments welcome

 

 

True North Trek : Luke 4:16-21 and Isaiah 61:1-3 Part 2

Happy Mothers day again!

Lets continue on in Isaiah 61 the second half of verse 1:

“He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,”.

As I was saying the other day we as Christians have tremendous resource to positively effect the lives of the people around us when we share the Gospel. The Good news of Christ is powerful, freeing, and life giving, as a person who knows this, it is selfish not to want to share it. Please share what you know, you may be the one that changes a broken and hopeless life eternally. What an honor to be able to introduce someone to the God who created the universe “Jesus”. Amazing!!! don’t you think?

There are a lot of broken hearted people out there. Most of us have been there at one time or another. Some people are so down that it’s all they know, no hope for anything to ever change. God alone has the power to truly heal broken hearts. We can not heal a person, but with the power of God’s word and a compassionate heart, we can bind there wound and help them to the one who can.

If you are in the woods hiking and you come across someone who has fallen and broken a leg. Do you have the knowledge and ability to heal that leg? I’m going to say no. You do though have the ability to find some sticks, some rope or clothing and then bind the leg in a stable position. This will protect it and prevent further damage so you can help the person down the hill to someone who can really help them. It seems so obvious to help this person and yet daily we don’t notice the multitude of terminally broken hearts all around us. God has given us the power in his word to bind the wounds of the broken hearted, don’t waste this gift.

Proclaim freedom to the captives! Many people have fallen into captivity to the snares of the devil, in other words “sin”. Christian and non christians, Satan is an equal opportunity deceiver. Alcohol, drugs, pornography, greed, adultery (the list goes on and on and on) hold so many people captive without the ability on their own to be set free. Sins first taste is usually pretty sweet and by the time you taste the bitterness your captive to it.

Like Pinocchio and the lost boys on pleasure island, everything was great in the beginning but before they figured it out, sin had made an ASS I mean donkey of them. They were captives. The Gospel of Christ has the power to set people free, YOU have the power to share it with them! Once again my favorite word AWESOME!!! isn’t it?

A release from darkness for the prisoner. A prisoner is a little different than a captive, usually a captive is not were they are out of judgement or punishment. There are so many people that are in such a dark place, because of who they think they are or what they have done, they think they deserve the prison they are in. There is no hope and no expectation of freedom from whatever it is that has them bound.

In Isaiah’s day and even in the time of Jesus if you ended up in prison you usually didn’t expect to get out accept by death. Prison was a dark, damp, diseased and filthy existence and I’m sure after years of this, your concept or hope for freedom would  completely disappear. We  have neighbors, relatives, coworkers and so many others that we come in contact with that have been prisoners of darkness for so long they no longer expect to see the light of freedom. We can shine the light of the Gospel into their lives and the power of God can tear down the prison walls.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is powerful beyond anything I can explain to change peoples live eternally. For some reason God has given us the privilege to share it with the humanity he so dearly loves. Don’t miss the opportunity when it comes.

Well I guess there will be part three. I love this stuff! I hope your getting something from this to.

As always

GOD is GOOD!!!

comments welcome

True North Trek : Luke 4:16-21 and Isaiah 61:1-3

A little side step from John, I’ll get back to that after this post, but I wanted to share a teaching I did several years ago that I really like and hope you do too.

The verse in Luke references the verse in Isaiah. Here is Jesus shortly after being tempted in the desert (not tempted by the dessert) he has just returned to Nazereth where he grew up. He walks into the synagogue, takes the scroll of Isaiah and reads Isaiah 61:1-3 rolls it up and then sits down. Everyone looks at him like “yeah! and?” kinda of confused like they were expecting a little more. They had heard of Jesus, they had heard of his teachings, by now they had heard the claims that he was the Messiah, they expected more. Then Jesus states “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing”. Basically he is saying this is another prophecy of who I am, I am the Good News Isaiah is proclaiming. If you read on you see it doesn’t take long for the Nazerites to start questioning Jesus’ credientials until he has to rebuke them and move on, but that’s for another time.

 Luke 4: 16He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. 17The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: 18″The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, 19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”  20Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, 21and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Now I believe that Christ is the ultimate fulfillment of the verse in Isaiah, some would disagree, but o-well what’s new. The reason I love this passage is, as people born into Christ, this is also talking about us. Look up Isaiah 61:1-3 and I’m going to walk through this passage and how it applies to every Christian who proclaims the Good News.

“Isaiah 61:1The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. ” If you are a Born again believer in Jesus Christ, the Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on you, it’s promised, it’s a fact, beleive it! As beleivers we are anointed (set apart for a Holy use) to preach the Gospel, The Good News of Christ, to the poor. Now today in our warped since of priorities when we here “poor” we instantly think money. Poor is just a word to describe a lack of something you need. It could be money but it could also be health, memory, sight or Good News. If people don’t feel they are missing something or need something, even though you think they are poor, they probably don’t feel poor.

Everyone is poor who doesn’t know Jesus! We are called to share Jesus with the poor and there are a lot of poor people out there. Some don’t know they are poor and will reject it, but some day they may realize their poverty and remember your words, unless of course they never heard them. Others (most people) know they are missing something in their lives and will receive the Good News when they hear it. Maybe not imediatly but if they are truely seeking, then God’s word will not come back void. What an awesome ability God has given us to make poor people excedingly rich beyond their dreams!

 The comercial claims “You can become RICH RICH RICH in 3 easy steps”.  We can proclaim ” You can have everything you ever possibly could need in one easy Verse JOHN 3:16 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.”

How awesome is that! Go make some poor person, maybe that neighbor that has everything, very very rich. Remember you are anointed all that is stopping you is excuses.

Well this is going to take longer than I thought. So part two and maybe three are coming!

As always GOD is GOOD!!!!

comments welcome:)

The True North Trek John 1

So today we are going to get started with the Book of John. It was the last of the four Gospels to be written by none other than John. Some day I will tell you who wrote Mathew, Mark and Luke, see how beneficial this is going to be! The book of John is a little different than the other gospels in that it’s not as chronological as the others. John wants you to know who Jesus is, that he is indeed God, always has been from eternity to eternity and that he is our source of life. The other Gospels definitely point to Jesus but are more focused on his life and what he taught.

If you go to toward the end of the book John states just that: John 20:31 “But these are written that you may  believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”  Amazing that we have been chosen to be so blessed!

Lets get started: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1

I was pretty ignorant as a baby christian, a little less so now, but my thought was if your talking about Jesus why not just say Jesus. Well, John had a pretty wide and complicated audience both Jews and gentile Greeks. The Word had different meanings to both and John kind of threw them a zinger by pointing out that Jesus “The Word” was what they were both looking for. To the Jews “the Word” was God, one of the ways they referred to God  was as “the Word of God”. The Greeks saw “The Word” or “the logos” as the power that brought order out of chaos. The ultimate reason that controlled everything, basically GOD! So John is speaking both their languages to help them realize “Hey guys you know that Word you’ve been talking about for centuries, I know who He is, let me tell you about Him.”

This first verse say so much about the deity of Christ.

  1. By calling him “The Word” he is stating Jesus is God
  2. By stating that he was in the beginning, that’s before the beginning began, he is stating that Jesus is God
  3. By calling “The Word” God, he is stating that Jesus is God
  4. And lastly by stating that he was with God and also God he proclaims that Jesus is equal and the same as God. Different parts of the One God! (It’s not as complicated as it sounds but we will get into the Trinity at another time) and by this, you guessed it, he is stating that Jesus is God.

So I think what John is trying to get across here is “Jesus is God!!!”. I believe it!

John goes on to talk about Jesus’ part in creation, basically if it exists or ever existed Jesus made it.  John 1:3 “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” This also goes back to the fact that Jesus has always been. He was here before anything, there was no beginning before Jesus. Our minds try to make that complicated “How can this be?” simple answer He is God! We will never fully understand what it is to be God, because contrary to what some might teach we will never be God, even with a little g.

This next verse is amazing (you’ll find I say that a lot). John 1:4-5 “In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” Jesus was not only the original creator of life, the one who breathed life into existence, but as the Christ he is the giver of life to all that believe. We are in darkness without Christ. Sometimes we are to stupid to realize it, but it’s darkness just the same. Christ is the Light that shines in our dark world, and when we accept him and are obedient to his calling we become that light. Darkness doesn’t like light. Darkness kind of has an identity problem when the lights are turned on. Next time your in a brightly lit room  take out your flashdark and turn it on, does the room suddenly become dark? Darkness cannot overcome the Light. Do Not forget that! The Light that is in you is greater than the darkness that surrounds you. Never go anywhere without your Light.

By the way if you actually have a flashdark I just want you to know it has very limited uses.

Till next time.

GOD is GOOD!!!

 

 

The True North Trek

This is a new post I will be doing at least once a week commenting on the Bible as I journey through it on my quest for True North. I will be picking a book and working through it seeing what God has to say to my heart and hopefully yours. I will make it clear I am not a college edumacated theologizer so you might find points that don’t jive with your theology or tradition. Please forgive me, God has. I just believe that God wrote the Bible so that  we could know him better, every word is truth and every word is beneficial. It was written for everyman and meant to be easily understood.

Life is a journey and eternity with God is the destination. Like I explained on my page “What is True North” the Bible is like a map. It was written by and about many people who have taken this journey before us and inspired by the One who is the destination we seek. Why so many people do not get intimate with the direction, inspiration and comfort that is found in this magnificent Book baffles me. If you are one who hasn’t taken the time to read and study this Love letter from God it’s time to start. Spend time daily, you don’t have to read great chunks everytime you sit down, just pick a Book read a chapter and just listen to what God is saying to you. A great place to start is Psalms or maybe one of the Gospels (Mathew, Mark, Luke, John). Read a chapter in Proverbs everyday there happens to be 31 of them, fits nicely with most months doesn’t it! I will be working through the Bible here, but please don’t let this be your only source of study.

I think I will be starting with the book of John, mainly because it is my favorite, but also because it is a great introduction to Jesus. John wrote his Gospel to show who Jesus is and that Jesus is God. Jesus is True North our destination and our compass through the wilderness of life. As you study you will find that all truth points to Christ, He is the Gospel, the Good News, without him you are lost, headed in the wrong direction.

So let’s open the map, find our Compass and head out on a magnificent journey to meet with God.

John 1 coming soon!

GOD is GOOD!!!