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Focus on Eternal Things, Not Temporary Things
As Christians, how easy it is to focus on earthly things which do not save, rather than on Jesus, the only Son of God, who alone saves. The Enemy of our souls is happy when we focus on earthly things which do not save, but I believe Christians should primarily focus on the things which are eternal and not temporary. In many ways, this will distinguish us from non Christians. We live at a moment when some seem to suggest a conflict between devotion to our nation and devotion to liberty and justice for all. And they expect those who are devoted to one or to the other will do a particular thing—stand or kneel. Christians should take this disagreement in our culture with a grain of salt. Neither a certain vision of patriotism, nor a certain vision of justice, and certainly not a game---football--- should get Christians to be divided or to take our focus off of Jesus.   I am not saying patriotism is not important, because it is, but if you are …
Asking and Praying in Jesus’s Name
As we move along in John 14, Jesus is preparing his disciples for his death and resurrection, and he is promising that the Holy Spirit who will take his place will come to them.  In John 14:12-14, Jesus says:"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.”
 Jesus has just been telling the disciples that if they have seen him, they have seen God, for he and the Father are one.  Now he is telling them that just as he represented the fullness of the Father to them, so after his death and resurrection, the Spirit he will send will represent his fullness and will guide them.
It is hard enough to believe, as he says, that he is operating with the full authority of the Father in what he says and does.  B…
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Why Believe in Jesus?
In recent columns I have been reflecting with you on words of Jesus in the fourteenth chapter of John’s gospel. In the beginning of that chapter he said to his disciples that in his Father’s house are “many rooms” or “many mansions.” He said that he was going to prepare a place for them. (He also pointed out that he would not lie about something so important to those whom he loved.) He went on to say that he is “the way, the truth, and the life,” and that “no one comes to the Father except through him.” Then he said that he and the Father “are one,” and he said, “whoever has seen me has seen the Father.”
As I have pointed out in preceding columns, these are extraordinary claims. Someone making such claims is either crazy, or a liar, or he is telling the truth. There are not other options. Today I would like to go further to verse ten of chapter fourteen. Jesus says, "Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to…