Since Halloween is coming up soon; this picture I received via an email forward is particularly appropriate and uplifting.
Awesome! Truly not as it looks…
This is the last in a series of essays examining relationships. The essays are intended to be read in sequence. The first three were “Is There No Hope?”, “Earthly Relationships”, and “Relationship with Jesus”, respectively.
Jimmy and Suzie
Something – someone? – in the crowd caught his attention from the corner of his eye. Instinctively he glanced to his right. Jimmy’s gaze locked on target. There was something special about her. She was radiantly beautiful. Perfectly petite, standing in her neat little dress, long blond hair falling onto her shoulders. She was talking to a friend totally unaware of his presence, her attention riveted on her friend. He tried to turn away and busy himself with his friends, but he could not ignore her. It was as if he had bitten on a hook that caught in his heart and now she was just reeling him in. Funny, she didn’t even know he existed – or did she? He started to walk away, but after two steps he halted. He had to at least meet her, and maybe get to know her. Read more…
This is the third in a series of essays examining various aspects of relationships. The essays are intended to be read in sequence. The first two were “Is There No Hope?” and “Earthly Relationships” respectively. A link to the next essay in the sequence is provided at the end.
In the previous essay, “Earthly Relationships”, we learned that a healthy relationship in this world requires accurate understanding and a loving attitude. In this essay we apply those lessons to our relationship with Jesus. Read more…
This is the second in a series of essays examining various aspects of relationships. The essays are intended to be read in sequence. The first was “Relationships: Is There No Hope?” A link to the next essay in the sequence is provided at the end.
In the previous essay “Is There No Hope?” we explored the nature of healthy and unhealthy relationships. Healthy relationships abound in selfless love, an attitude of service, attentiveness, and consideration for others as demonstrated for us by Jesus Christ.
One of the key differences between Christianity and all other world views is the fact that all other world views require a man to follow specific rituals to attain certain desired spiritual benefits and rewards. Even Judaism, our closest kin, requires a man to become righteous by following a set of commandments and rituals. The same is true of Islam, Mormonism, and so on.
Christianity on the other hand requires only the existence of an intimate personal relationship between an individual person and Jesus Christ. There is no requisite set of specific rituals that a person must follow. A Christian’s positive righteous behavior is not the ritualistic fulfillment of a set of requirements but is the outward proof and product of a vibrant intimate personal relationship with Christ Jesus. For example, a Christian is not a Christian because he has been baptized; rather a Christian is baptized as a public demonstration of his personal relationship with Jesus – his Christianity.
A personal relationship with Christ Jesus? How is it possible for a person alive today to have a relationship with another person who physically lived on this earth 2000 years ago? How can someone living today have a relationship with someone who lives in a spiritual realm inaccessible to our five senses? Is that possible?
Let us examine the matter. Let us examine the elements and characteristics of earthly relationships and apply what we learn to our personal relationship with Christ Jesus. Read more…
This is the first in a series of essays examining various aspects of relationships. The essays are intended to be read in sequence. A link to the next essay in the sequence is provided at the end.
Magic Johnson drives to the basket, eludes two defenders, then soars high above the hoop from the free-throw line to slam the basketball through the net. We watch awestruck at the coordination, the power, the agility, discipline, and self-control demonstrated by Magic Johnson. Read more…