Defending Jesus (Luke 4:29-30)

[The people] got up, drove Him out of town and brought Him to the edge of the hill their town was built on, intending to hurl Him over the cliff.  But He passed right through the crowd and went on His way.  (Luke 4:29-30)

Jesus has no need of a bodyguard.  He is not helpless and fragile, hoping someone comes along to bail Him out.

Neither has He any need of a Public Relations team to make Him cool, a Brand Strategist to make Him relevant, or a Salesperson to make Him desirable to the disinterested masses.

He wants witnesses who tell the truth about what they’ve seen and heard and experienced.  That’s it.

Apologetics certainly have their place, but if you really want to help the cause of Christ, don’t worry about defending Him.  Instead, focus on developing a vibrant relationship with Him that actually gives you something to say.

–Pastor Phillip

The presence of Jesus is the power you need

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Acts 4

THE PRESENCE OF JESUS IS THE POWER YOU NEED

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished.  And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.  (Acts 4:13)

In the span of just two months, the disciples of Jesus had gone from being men who fled in fear at the first sign of trouble and denied knowing Him at all, to being men who stood up with courage to the very people who sent their Savior to the cross.

From cowards to courageous witnesses, it was a remarkable transformation and even the Jewish leaders could see the source of the change–they had been with Jesus.  It wasn’t time or training that made the difference, it was a transfer of His power because of His presence.

You may not have all the credentials the world says you need to do great things for God.  You may not think you’re qualified for the dream to which He has called you.  You may feel weak and afraid and unable to do what you know He has sent you to do.

The Good News is that there is a simple solution!  Spend time with Jesus, seeking Him, praising Him, praying to Him, and you will find that things will change in your heart.  You will discover strength and peace that you didn’t have before as you set your hope on this simple truth: the presence of Jesus is the power you need.

-Pastor Phillip


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As Long As…

Has Jesus left the building?

As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. -John 9:5

It is worth noting the condition that Jesus gives regarding whether or not He is “the light of the world.”  He says that this is the case as long as He is “in the world.”

Now, Jesus ascended to the Father shortly after His resurrection, and if you look at the world today it is often pretty dark.  Is this a sign that we’ve been abandoned, that the light no longer shines because it went back up to heaven and now all we can do is hunker down and wait to eject someday?

Of course not!  Here’s the good news: Jesus tells His disciples in Matthew 5:14 that famous phrase, “You are the light of the world.”  The point is that Jesus is still the light of the world because He is still in the world, through us, His body, the Church.

Here’s the question though: how well will you shine today?