BELIEVE!

Believing did not originally mean believing in a set of doctrines or teachings; in both the Greek and Latin its roots mean ”to give one’s heart to.”
The “heart” is the self at the deepest level.

Marcus J. Borg "Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time."


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Do You Believe?

Do you really believe that God is good all the time;
all the time God is good?
Do you believe that God loves you?



how often I have longed to gather your children together,
as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings,

Matthew 23:37b



Do you believe that God knows and cares for you?

6Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies?
Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.
7Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Don't be afraid;
you are worth more than many sparrows.

Luke 12:6-7




It is easy to believe in God when things are going good.

But do you believe that God is with you in the bad times?

Do you believe that God is Mighty to Save and Strong to Provide?

God is with you in the best of times.

God is with you in the worst of times.





" 'If you can'?" said Jesus.
"Everything is possible for him who believes."

Immediately the boy's father exclaimed,
"I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!"

Mark 9:23-24





Taking the Lessons to Heart

· The Bible is made up of ink on paper.

· The lesson is made up of ink on paper.
The value is maybe 2 cents per page.

· We need to take the lessons off of the page and put the lesson into our hearts. Then these lessons are treasures!

· The main thing that Jesus gave the Disciples the most reproach, a scolding for was for the Disciple’s lack of faith!

Often we can see God working miracles and wonders in the lives of other people. But often we wear blinders when we think of God working in our lives. Often we doubt and lose faith.

We need to remember that God is:
· A Loving Father.

· Trustworthy – worthy of our trust.

· Gives His children good gifts.

· Provides for our needs. God knows our needs.

· God is our Savior. God Saves us!

· Forgiving.

· Heals our brokenness.

· God is faithful.

· God answers prayer!

· God is the God of 2nd chances.

· God is a God of Hope. We can put our hope, faith, and trust into a faithful, unconditional, ever-loving Father that saves us, and gives good gifts to His children.

Our main job as Christians is to be COMPASSIONATE!

A closing excerpt from “Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time” by Marcus J. Borg: It is a vision of the Christian life as a journey of transformation, exemplified by the story of discipleship as well as the exodus and exile stories. It leads from life under the lordship of culture to the life of companionship with God.

It is an image of the Christian life not primarily as believing or being good but a Relationship with God.

I want to close by talking about a very familiar Christian phrase-believing in Jesus- and how it is related to the image of the Christian life that had emerged in this book. For those of us who grew up in the church, believing in Jesus was important. For me, what that phrase used to mean, in my childhood and into my early adulthood, was ”believing in things about Jesus.” To believe in Jesus meant to believe what the gospels and the church said about Jesus. That was easy when I was a child, and became more and more difficult as I grew older.

But now I see that believing in Jesus can (and does) mean something very different from that. The change is pointed to by the root meaning of the word believe.
Believing did not originally mean believing in a set of doctrines or teachings; in both the Greek and Latin its roots mean ”to give one’s heart to.” The “heart” is the self at the deepest level.

Believing, therefore, does not consist of giving one’s mental assent to something, but involves a much deeper level of one’s self. Believing in Jesus does not mean believing doctrines about him. Rather, it means to give ones heart, one’s self at the deepest level, to the post-Easter Jesus who is the living Lord, the side of God turned toward us, the face of God, the Lord who is also Spirit.

Believing in Jesus in the sense of giving one’s heart to Jesus is the movement from secondhand religion *(being told by others) to firsthand religion, (*close intimate relationship with God.) from having heard about Jesus with the hearing of the ear to being in relationship with the Spirit of Christ.

For ultimately, Jesus is not simply a figure of the past, but a figure of the present. Meeting that Jesus--- the living Jesus who comes to us even now--- will be like meeting Jesus again for the first time.

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What do Christians Believe?
Before we get started....
Let's get some "Layers of Understanding!"

We please God by what we do
and not only what we believe.
James 2:24 CEV

The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.

Aiden Wilson Tozer



It's More Like Falling in Love...

"More Like Falling In Love" Lyrics By Jason Gray

Give me rules, I will break them
Show me lines, I will cross them
I need more than a truth to believe
I need a truth that lives, moves, and breathes
To sweep me off my feet, it’s gotta be

More like falling in love than something to believe in
More like losing my heart than giving my allegiance


Caught up, called out, come take a look at me now
It’s like I’m falling, oh
It’s like I’m falling in love

Give me words, I’ll misuse them
Obligations, I’ll misplace them
‘Cause all religion ever made of me
Was just a sinner with a stone tied to my feet
It never set me free, it’s gotta be

More like falling in love than something to believe in
More like losing my heart than giving my allegiance


Caught up, called out, come take a look at me now
It’s like I’m falling, oh
It’s like I’m falling in love, love, love

Deeper and deeper
It was love that made me a believer
In more than a name, a faith, a creed
Falling in love with Jesus brought the change in me,
it’s gotta be

More like falling in love than something to believe in
More like losing my heart than giving my allegiance


Caught up, called out, come take a look at me now
It’s like I’m falling, oh
It’s like I’m falling in love




“More Like Falling in Love” By Jason Gray


Being a Christian is much more than a laundry list of things
that you have to believe in to be a Christian!




The UNFINISHED CHRISTIAN
"Be compassionate as God is compassionate.”

Christianity is a way of life ... a way of being - a "way" that is defined by a life of compassion.

Christianity is not a matter of assenting to certain doctrines and propositions (although the search for "truth" is important, of course). As Jesus reminds us,
"Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter the Kingdom of Heaven" (Mt. 7:21)
...In other words, you can say all the right things, be doctrinally impeccable....and still be a jerk.

Acknowledging the lordship of Jesus, or saying ‘I believe’ is not enough. Rather, he continues, it will be those who do God’s will who will enter into God’s presence.

"Be compassionate as God is compassionate".



Luminous Web: Essays on Science and Religion

By Barbara Brown Taylor

In these essays on the dialogue between science and Christian faith, Barbara Brown Taylor describes her journey as a preacher learning what the insights of quantum physics, the new biology, and chaos theory can teach a person of faith. She seeks to discover why scientists sound like poets and why physicists use the language of imagination, ambiguity, and mystery also found in scripture. In explaining why the church should care about the new insights of science, Taylor suggests ways we might close the gap between spirit and matter, between the sacred and the secular. We live in the midst of a web of creation where nothing is without consequence and where all things coexist, even in such a way that each of us changes the world, whether we know it or not. In this luminous web faith and science join on a single path, seeking to learn the same truths about life in the universe. For a moment, Taylor writes, we see through a glass darkly. We live in the illusion that we are all separate I ams. When the fog finally clears, we shall know there is only One.

Between Faith and Science Religion declined not because it was refuted, but because it became irrelevant, dull, oppressive, insipid. When faith is completely replaced by creed, worship by discipline, love by habit; when the crisis of today is ignored because of the splendor of the past; when faith becomes an heirloom rather than a living fountain; when religion speaks only in the name of authority rather with the voice of compassion, its message becomes meaningless. - ABRAHAM JOSHUA HESCHEL Amazon look inside: Luminous Web

BELIEVE

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AFFIRMATION OF FAITH





Jesus Calms the Storm
Mark 4:35-41
Matthew 8:18,23-27
Luke 8:22-25

35That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, "Let us go over to the other side." 36Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?"

39He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

40He said to his disciples,
"Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?"

41They were terrified and asked each other, "Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!"



Mark 4:35-41 NIV
This is an amazing story. Jesus tells his disciples to get in the boat to sail to the other side. Jesus is in the center of the boat taking a well-deserved rest from his work. The disciples obey Christ immediately. But following Christ does not come with a guarantee of no storms in our lives. Suddenly a storm appeared and the small boat was nearly swamped with waves. Even though many of the disciples were experienced fishermen on the lake they were scared to death that they were going to perish. Then out of fear they awoke Jesus:

38Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?"

Then Jesus rebuked the wind and the waves and it was completely calm. Then Jesus said, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?" Then the disciples asked themselves,

41They were terrified and asked each other, "Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!"

Why were the disciples afraid? They knew Jesus. But did they know who he was? Did they BELIEVE in Jesus? Here the disciples are in the middle of a storm but they have Jesus Christ right there with them in the boat! They know Jesus, Jesus is close by – right next to them, they can see Jesus, they can even wake Jesus up. Jesus hears their plea and calms the storm. But why were the disciples afraid when Jesus was right there in the boat with them?

Why? Jesus tells us:

40He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?"

The disciples were afraid! “Fear” is what separates us from God. How many times does the Bible tell us, “Do Not Fear.”? “Fear” creates in us doubts. What are doubts – lack of “Faith.” What is a “lack of faith?” “Lack of Faith” is failure to “Trust” in God. How can we have?

- Fear?

- Doubt?

- Lack of Faith?

- Fail to Trust God?

What we have in these is a failure to “BELIEVE!”

We may say we know God but do we Believe?

Do we really Believe that Jesus is our Savior?

Do we really Believe that Jesus will Save us?

Do we really Believe that God cares and is watching over us?

Do we really Believe that God has a “Good Plan” for our lives?

Do we really Believe that God is working in our lives?

Do we really Believe that God is working through us?

Do we really Believe that God will act in our times of trouble?

Do we Believe that God will do anything at all?

Do we really Believe that in times of need God is Mighty to Save?
And Strong to Provide?



Mighty to Save and
Strong to Provide

I look at the man
With a fat paycheck in his hand
And I think O’ how happy he must be.

I look at my empty hands
At how little I am
I envy and wish
that I had what he had for me.

But God reminds me in a whisper
Do not envy - do not be deceived.
Obey my Word
With joy and faithfulness.

Put your trust in me
And you will be blessed.
And remember do not put
Your God to the test.

Dear Lord I pray to be a wise person
Who heeds your instructions.
No matter how hardheaded I be.

Command me Lord
To walk on the waves
To come out to you.
For God is mighty to save
and strong to provide.

When I wake up in the morning
And I am filled with dread
Let me remember
That God is mighty to save
and strong to provide.

When I am filled with worries and fears
Let me remember
That God is mighty to save
and strong to provide.

When my problems are big
And I am so small
Let me remember
That God is mighty to save
and strong to provide.

When life overwhelms me
When I need God’s strength and courage
Let me remember
That God is mighty to save
and strong to provide.

When my confidence flees
When I have my doubts
Let me remember
That God is mighty to save
and strong to provide.

Whenever I struggle
And begin to give up
Let me remember
That God is mighty to save
and strong to provide.

When I am hurting
And when I have pain
Let me remember
That God is mighty to save
and strong to provide.

When life is too tough
When I’ve had enough
Let me remember
That God is mighty to save
and strong to provide.

When I have loved
And when I have lost
Let me remember
That God is mighty to save
and strong to provide.

When I have worked hard
And given my best – But failed
Let me remember
That God is mighty to save
and strong to provide.

When everything I have built
Has been torn down
Let me remember
That God is mighty to save
and strong to provide.

When I am weak
And when I am knocked down
Let me remember
That God is mighty to save
and strong to provide.

When I am suffering
And when I am in pain
Let me remember
That God is mighty to save
and strong to provide.

Whenever I sin
And pray to be forgiven
Let me remember
That God is mighty to save
and strong to provide.

When I am here
And need to be there
Let me remember
That God is mighty to save
and strong to provide.

When my life comes crashing down
And troubles surround me
Let me remember
That God is mighty to save
and strong to provide.

When I face challenges
That I must overcome
Let me remember
That God is mighty to save
and strong to provide.

When obstacles are in my way
And I cannot continue on.
Let me remember
That God is mighty to save
and strong to provide.

When I am lost
And cannot be found
Let me remember
That God is mighty to save
and strong to provide.

When I am blind
And can’t find my way
Let me remember
That God is mighty to save
and strong to provide.

When I trip, stumble, and fall
And have no one to help pick me up,
Let me remember
That God is mighty to save
and strong to provide.

When I have nothing, nothing...
Nothing at all
Let me remember
That God is mighty to save
and strong to provide.

When I lose hope
And when I lose faith
Let me remember
That God is mighty to save
and strong to provide.

When problems are few
And troubles are far
Let me remember
That God is always with me,
Mighty to save and strong to provide.

When my days must come to an end
My God will be with me
God holds my hand
For God is mighty to save
And strong to provide

My promise is in heaven
For my salvation is in Him.
For God is mighty to save
And strong to provide.

Amen



John the Baptist led the Way:

14After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15"The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!"
Mark 1:14-15

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

Believing gives us the right to be Children of God.

11He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.
John 1:11-13

Doubts

" 'If you can'?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for him who believes."
Mark 9:23

Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!"
Mark 9:24

Faith

22"Have faith in God," Jesus answered. 23"I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Mark 11:22-24

Doubts

11When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it.

12Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country. 13These returned and reported it to the rest; but they did not believe them either.

14Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.

Believing

21But the temple he had spoken of was his body. 22After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the Scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.

23Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast,
many people saw the miraculous signs he was doing and believed in his name.
John 2:21-23

Testing

Let this Christ, this King of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe." Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.
Mark 15:32

What are we called to do?

15He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. 16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues;
Mark 16:15-17



The Parable of the Sower
Luke 8: 1-15

1After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, 2and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; 3Joanna the wife of Cuza, the manager of Herod's household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.

4While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: 5"A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. 6Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. 7Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 8Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown."
When he said this, he called out,
"He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

9His disciples asked him what this parable meant. 10He said, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that,
" 'though seeing, they may not see;
though hearing, they may not understand.'

11"This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. 12Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. 14The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.
Luke 8: 1-15



Consequences for not believing.

19The angel answered, "I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. 20And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their proper time."
Luke 1:19-20

Blessings for believing in the Lord

44As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!"

Mary's Song:
And Mary said:
"My soul glorifies the Lord

Luke 1:44-46

17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. 19This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
John 3:17-19

35The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. 36Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him."
John 3:35-36

28Then they asked him, "What must we do to do the works God requires?"
29Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."
30So they asked him, "What miraculous sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do?
John 6: 28-30



34"Sir," they said, "from now on give us this bread."

35Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life.
He who comes to me will never go hungry,
and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.

36But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe.
John 6:34-36





Don’t be afraid, just believe!

49While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. "Your daughter is dead," he said. "Don't bother the teacher any more."

50Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed."

51When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child's father and mother. Luke 8:49-51

40When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, "Do you have anything here to eat?" 42They gave him a piece of broiled fish,
Luke 22:40-42

11I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.
John 3:11-13

15that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.

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.

17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
John 3:15-17



39And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.

40For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day."

41At this the Jews began to grumble about him because he said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven."
John 6:39-41

46No one has seen the Father
except the one who is from God;
only he has seen the Father.
47 I tell you the truth,
he who believes has everlasting life.
48 I am the bread of life.

John 6:46-48


If you Believe; you will never be thirsty.

37On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. 38Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." 39By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
John 7: 37-39

Believe and the truth will set you free

31To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
John 8:31-32

24Martha answered, "I know he (Lazarus) will rise again in the resurrection at the last day."

25Jesus said to her,
"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"

27"Yes, Lord," she told him, "I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world."



Raising of Lazarus – Faith

39"Take away the stone," he said. "But, Lord," said Martha, the sister of the dead man, "by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days."

40Then Jesus said, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?"

41So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, "Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me."

43When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!"
John 11:39-43

44Then Jesus cried out, "When a man believes in me, he does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. 45When he looks at me, he sees the one who sent me. 46 I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.

47"As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it.
John 12: 44-47

Greater things....

10Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.

11Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. 12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
John 14: 10-12

You Believe at last!

29Then Jesus' disciples said, "Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. 30Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God." 31"You believe at last!" Jesus answered.

Jesus Prays for His Disciples
John 17: 6-19

6"I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one. 12While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me.

None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled. 13"I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

Jesus Prays for All Believers
John 17: 20-26

20"My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: 23I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. 24"Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. 25"Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them."



Gospel of John 20
The Empty Tomb

1Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don't know where they have put him!"

3So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus' head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. 8Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9(They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

10Then the disciples went back to their homes, 11but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus' body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13They asked her, "Woman, why are you crying?"
"They have taken my Lord away," she said, "and I don't know where they have put him." 14At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. 15"Woman," he said, "why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?"

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him."

16Jesus said to her, "Mary."
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher). 17Jesus said, "Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, 'I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.' "

18Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: "I have seen the Lord!" And she told them that he had said these things to her.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

19On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

21Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." 22And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven."

Jesus Appears to Thomas

24Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!"
But he said to them,
"Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it."

26A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!"

27Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe."

28Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!" 29Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

30Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31But 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.

15That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are at Rome.

16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.

17For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith."
Romans 1: 15-17

Righteousness Through Faith

21But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3: 21-23

7because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.

8Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.
Romans 6: 7-9

8But what does it say? "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart," that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming:

9That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. Romans 10: 8-10



11As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame." 12For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."

14How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"
Romans 10: 11-15



A Sinner’s Prayer
Dear God,
I am a sinner.
I am sorry for my sins.
Please forgive me.
I believe that Jesus Christ is your Son.
I believe that Jesus Christ died for my sins.
I want to invite Him into my life.
I want to trust Him as my Savior
and follow Him as my Lord,
from this day forward and forevermore.
In Jesus’ name.
Amen



The Great Commission
“Go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
and teaching them to obey everything
I have commanded you.
And surely I am with you always,
to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:19-20



There is no fear in love....
1 John 4:18



Love never fails....
1 Corinthians 13:8



Apostles’ Creed
I believe in the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;
and in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
he descended into hell:
the third day he rose from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand
of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge
the quick (living) and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
the holy catholic* church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.

Amen

*universal
Presbyterian


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An old man and a young boy both say the Apostle's Creed in two different ways.



I KNOW
-- Author Unknown

I know He is the beginning,
so why do I worry about the end.

I know He is the creator,
so why do I wonder who will destroy.

I know He has forgiven me,
so why can't I forgive myself.

I know He is a healer,
so why do I speak of sickness.

I know He can do all things,
so why do I say I can't.

I know He will protect me,
so why do I fear.

I know He will supply all my needs,
so why can't I wait.

I know He is my strength and my salvation,
so why do I feel weak.

I know that everything and everyone has a season,
so why when someone's season is over
do I weep instead of rejoice.

I know He is the right way,
so why do I go the wrong way.

I know He is the light,
so why do I choose to walk in darkness.

I know that whatever I ask of GOD, GOD will give me,
so why am I scared to ask.

I know tomorrow is not promised,
so why do I put off for tomorrow what I can do today.

I know that the truth shall make me free,
so why do I continue to lie.

I know He gives us revelation knowledge and understanding,
so why do I lean on my own understanding.

I know I should live in the spirit
as well as walk in the spirit,
so why do I choose to live in the spirit
but walk in the flesh.

I know that when praises go up blessings come down,
so why do I refuse to praise Him.

I know I am saved,
so why do I refuse the word He has given me.

I know He has a plan for me,
so why am I rushing it because I am eager to do His will,
when it is His time not my time.




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