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Drawing Near To Christ

We are continuing our journey of faith in Christ as we study his life in the Bible Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. As we read the scriptures in these books of the Bible, we can trace Christ’s steps where he taught the good news of the kingdom and healed and cured every disease and sickness as described in Matthew chapter 4 verse 23, Whenever we come upon a geographic name of a city or area that Christ was at when he was teaching and healing in our readings,we can underline the name of the location and then look it up on a map of Israel. We will get the feeling of knowing Christ better by studying the words he taught, by understanding the way he treated others and what he emphasized as being important in living a Christ-like-life. We can picture Christ in our minds as we read about him whether he is on a mountain or near the sea or in a synagogue or at the temple. Our love of Christ will continue to grow and we will want to follow his teachings in our life.We have placed much  of emphasis on Christ and His life because He is the foundation of the Christian faith. (Christ  i an  faith.) the basis of the word Christian. We will begin to study other books of the Bible as we continue in our faith walk. Until next time, May God truly bless you in all that you do.

Drawing Near To Christ

As we continue our journey to draw near to Christ, let us see how Christ directs us to him by continuing to study his life and teachings in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John of the Holy Bible. In Matthew 11, verses 28-30, Christ says for all of us to come to Him who are weary and heavy burdened and He will give us rest. We can rest in Christ when we come to him in prayer. We have talked about prayer in the past. Christ says in John 15, verse 15, that He is our friend. We can talk to him in prayer as we would talk with a friend, unloading our burdens and problems to him, asking him to help us and guide us as we try to deal with what is happening in our lives. As we pray more and more to Christ, we will begin to see answers to our prayers occurring in our every day activities and circumstances. We will find rest and peace in Him. We will begin to realize that Christ’s Spirit is in us as believers and we can feel his presence in us. We will become stronger in our beliefs and faith in him and will draw nearer and nearer to him. Time is an important element in our relationship with Christ and so as our relationships with others takes time„our relationship with Christ also takes time to develop.This is why it is important to spend a few minutes or more each day in prayer,in reading about Christ in the Gospels and in studying books of faith such as devotional books. It is in this way we grow in our faith in Christ, drawing nearer and nearer to Him. Until next time,may God bless you in all that you do.

Christ, Our Redemming Savior

The realization that Christ was human,  that He was one of us, experiencing the physical and emotional feelings of humanness as we do in our everyday lives,is very helpful to us in drawing nearer to Him., That He experienced fatigue and needed rest as described in John 4:6, that He slept,as described in Matthew 8: 25; that He ate food as we do, as described in Luke 11: 37,  that He loved, as described  in John 11: 5 and in John 13: 1; that He had compassion for others as described in Matthew 9: 36:; and that He wept as described in John 11:35: are all examples of his humanness. The realization that He was human and experienced life as we do makes His teachings and commandments more meaningful and important to us as we try to understand Him and the meaning of His life for us. As you read the story of his life in the Bible Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, concentrate on His humanness and in His being one of us.  Because of His humanness, He understands what we have been through and what we are going through in our lives..The more you know about Jesus, the nearer you will be to Him, the more you will feel His comforting love for you..You will want to pray to Him and seek His loving presence in you and in your life.  Until the next visit, may you have a great and blessed week. 

A New Life In Christ

As we continue to learn about this new life in Christ, we will recognize that worshiping Christ through prayer, reading the Bible including the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John; and attending worship services in a church are the most important ways to get to know Christ and grow close to Him. Many believers do not attend church and do not recognize the importance of worshiping Christ in a worship service in a church.  When one reads about the life of Christ in the Gospels, one will come across Christ’s teaching about the church. Scripture tells us Christ is the Head of the Church and in Luke 4: 16-20, the scripture says Christ went to the Synagogue on the Sabbath as was his custom. Another scripture, Matthew 13:verses 17 and 18, tells about Christ building the Church. Other scriptures about worship and the church are found in Paul’s letters from the book of Roman’s through the book of Philemon.When worshiping in a church, one is among other believers who talk and share their faith and love of Christ. Being next to other believers who are worshiping Christ helps the new believer increase his or her love, faith and trust in Christ.  There is very much more to be said about worshiping Christ in Church, but for,now just think about attending a church and in doing so expanding opportunities for yourself in learning about Christ and the new life He wants us to live. Until next time, have a wonderful and blessed week..

A New Life In Christ

As we continue to grow in our knowledge and faith in Christ,our belief in Him and His teachings become part of our lives. Besides meditating on Christ through our readings of the gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John; in other NewTestament books in the Bible, and through reading other meditation/devotional books,we can grow closer to Christ by praying to him. Some will say that they do not know how to pray but praying is like talking to Christ about things going on in your life„asking Him for guidance and direction in your lives and praising Him and thanking Him for all He has done for you. The more you pray to Christ, the more comfortable you become in praying and the more closer you will be to Him. You will begin to see results of your prayers to Christ and this will increase your faith in Him. There are scriptures that give guidance in praying including Matthew 6: verses 6-16; There are many examples of Christ praying in several scriptures including Mark 1:35 and John 17.. As you get comfortable reading the gospels, you will find more examples of prayer in the Bible. Add prayer to your meditation time and see great changes in you and your life as you grow in your Christian faith. We will continue our study on the New Life in Christ and until then have a great and blessed week.

A New Life In Christ

As we continue our discussion on a new life in Christ, one of the most helpful passages in the Bible that can introduce us to Christ and his teachings is what is commonly referred to as The Sermon On The Mount. This passage can be found in Matthew starting in Chapter 5 and going through chapter 7. You may want to read a few verses at a time or read the entire passage in order to gain a knowledge of what Christ was trying to convey to his followers.If you can spend a few minutes each day meditating upon Christ’s teachings, either by reading about him in the Bible (In the New Testament books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John); or reading about him through daily devotionals, you will begin to get to know Christ  His way of life will begin to filtrate into your very being without you being aware of this change in you.In this way you will begin to live a new and different way by your knowledge of Christ and his teachings. We will continue to discuss this new life in Christ in our next visit. Until then may God continue to be with you guiding your life and blessing you. 

A New Life In Christ (continued)that he taught us

In our last discussion about the new life we have in Christ, direct quotes of Christ’s descriptions on this new life were used. You can follow my witness of Christ through these blogs  by going to my website http://www.keeganbooks.com/ and clicking on my blog. Christ said, “I’m the light of the world. Whoever believes in me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 NSR. In another verse He says,  ”I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness” John 12:46.NRS. As He says, we have to believe in Him to receive this new life in Him and be able to walk out of the darkness into the light of Christ.Think about believing in Christ, that He lived on earth 2000+ years ago and that he taught us how to live in Him. You too can read about Christ in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in the New Testament in the Bible. We will continue our discussion of life in Christ next week. Until then,have a great week.

A New Life In Christ

As we think about a new life in Christ, let us consider some of what Christ told us in the Bible about this new life.  In John 13 verse 6 b (NRS) Christ said, ” I am the way and the truth and the life.” In another verse from John, (John 10,verse 10b, NRS), Christ said “I came that they might have life and have it abundantly”. And yet in another verse from John, Christ describes his joy and wants his joy to be in us. (John 15: 11 NRS). Each of us can interpret these verses for ourselves as we continue to strive to get closer to Christ and know more about him.May Christ be with you this week in all that you do’ 

Holy Week

As we spend time in meditation this Holy Week, let us solemnly contemplate the severe suffering our Lord,Jesus Christ endured for us during this week 2000 years ago.The story of Christ’s life, death and resurrection during that week is recorded in all 4 Gospels of the Bible as follows: Matthew, Chapters 26, 27 and 28;  Mark ,Chapters 14, 15 and 16; Luke, Chapters 22, 23 and 24; and John, Chapters 18, 19 and 20. We know that Christ took up His cross on Calvary to save us from our sins and give us a new life in Him. We can rejoice this Easter Morning in Christ’s resurrection. He arose from death on this Easter Sunday 2000 years ago and is ALIVE in us as His believers. This is the good news for us as we continue to grow in our love and faith in Him.

Daily Devotional Continued:

The Bible, God’s Holy Word, is the most important book we can have and use during our daily devotional time with God.  The Bible is understood to be the foundation of our Christian faith.  This is where we get our knowledge of God and His wisdom and guidance for us to use in our lives

I can remember the time in my life when the Bible was a total mystery to me. Questions about the Bible, who wrote the Bible, why the Bible was written, the order the books of the Bible were placed; how the books of the Bible were connected; these questions and more kept crossing my mind as I was reading the Bible.  Slowly through the years, I began to receive answers to my questions as I used the Bible during church worship services, in teaching Sunday School and as a reference book during my daily devotional time with God.

During my daily devotional time with God, I use the Bible by looking up Bible verses (scriptures)that are written in the devotional. I will read the verses before and after the particular verse used in the devotional for that day, helping me to better understand what is being said in the devotion.  This has helped me to begin to get to know the Bible and where the different books are located.

I will write more as time goes on about the use of the Bible.  I think you, too will learn to use the Bible and use the tremendous wealth of information it has for you in your daily lives.  The Bible will become a valuable resource in guiding you and helping you with the challenges you face on a day to day basis.

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