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In the beginning was the Word,
And the Word was with God,
And the Word was God.

He was in the beginning with God.

All things were made through Him.
Without Him was not anything made that was made.

In Him was Life,
And the Life was the Light of men.

The Light shines in the darkness,
And the darkness has not overcome it.

These words from the Gospel of John, chapter 1, are the prime truth of all mankind. These words dramatically restate the creation account from Genesis 1. These words tell us who was responsible for all creatures and everything in this physical world.

If we start chipping away at the claim made here and in Genesis, we establish the basis, then, for denying all other truth claims of these Scriptures. If God in Jesus Christ did not create us, if we are simply the result of some electrochemical synthesis, undirected, completely random, what then can be the basis for moral conduct and actions? From what authority do those spring?



Mothers and Sons

John 2 is an interesting chapter in John's account of Jesus' life. The first part of the chapter recounts the miracle of turning water into wine. That's what most people remember from this account. Not much else makes it through. But there is more there that I think bears consideration.

Mary, mother of Jesus, along with Jesus, his brothers and disciples, are at a wedding feast. Sounds like a great place to be! Everyone is having a pretty good time until the host discovers that the wine has run out. When Mary finds out, she tells Jesus. Notice, though, that it is that "expectant" kind of tell. Like, you-can-do-something-about-this kind of tell.

Mary knew something about Jesus that no one else knew. She knew he could do some remarkable things. She had first-hand knowledge of his abilities. No one else, apparently, knew this. Not his brothers, not his disciples, no one. Only his mother. And now she has found a useful outlet for those abilities.

Jesus, though, is rel…

Psalm 1

(Scripture is from the ESV unless otherwise indicated)
Does God approve of the lives we're leading? Hard question, right? We'd like to think He does. After all, living lives that please Him is the primary purpose of our lives.

Fortunately, God doesn't keep us in the dark about what pleases Him. Here in Psalm 1, we find a specific example of how we can please God in our lives. And, we uncover the benefits of leading a pleasing life.

Read verses 1-2.

Blessed -
You'll often find the suggestion that the word "blessed" could just as easily be translated "happy." But I'm not comfortable with that and here's why.

When used in this context, the concept of "blessed" indicates a statement of action, an action of God. "Happy," on the other hand, describes an emotional state. There is a huge difference in, on the one hand, the beneficial action of God on my behalf and, on the other hand, an emotional state that I feel that I'm in.