My Daily Choice to Die (and a word about self harm)

Only in Christ is there life after death. What an awesome thought! But we sometimes forget that, in Christ, there is death before life.  In order to come to Jesus I had to die to myself. I had to say “no” to me to say “yes” to Him.  Even the practice of water baptism visually illustrates a death (going down), burial (immersion under water), and resurrection (rising again). “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore… Read More

How to Defeat the Fiery Red Dragon (satan)

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. (Revelation 12:11 NKJV) The Apostle John, once one of the youngest of Jesus’ disciples, now having outlived them all, had been banished to the Isle of Patmos for his ongoing proclamation that Jesus was the Messiah. While on that island, which on clear days would allow him to see his homeland of Ephesus in the distance, Jesus revealed Himself to John in unique and powerful… Read More

One Life to Give

I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives. (John 12:24 NLT) When He said these words, not only was Jesus referring to His own life being laid down, in order for many to be raised to new life; He also revealed a principle that applies to my life today. If I will lay down my life for Jesus and for others, the result will be a life… Read More