God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit ALL want people to come to Jesus, to repent, to be forgiven and filled with the Holy Spirit, to be sanctified and receive eternal life and become the children of God.
We Must Answer Well: part 9 So… Like Jesus did not shame individuals, we should not shame individuals. Like Jesus spoke the truth in love, we should speak the truth in love. Like John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the truth, and like Peter and the 120 were filled with …
God doesn’t want us witnessing by ourselves, so we shouldn’t. We need the Holy Spirit to empower and embolden us, yes, but we also need to keep the perspective that it’s not about us.
Is Jesus serious about sin or not?
If our kids have read the Bible on their own enough to be shaped by it, great. But if we rush the Bible searching for answers, we'll grab our answers, our tone, not the Bible's tone.
The way of “Jesus-only” is narrow, yes. But you can’t find a more open, wider chance to put one’s name on the guest list to eternal life...
To want forgiveness without being willing to repent is like clinging to the outside of the ark, holding your breath, still in love with everything that’s underwater. John’s “bear fruit in keeping with repentance” calls for change on the outside--change even AGAINST what the culture has come to accept as The Way Things Are.
...If you got this far and think that we get to beat people up with guilt, you haven't been reading with your heart.
Herod and Herodias were a family. One family member was willing to listen to John, the other wasn’t. God’s law is like that. Some people can’t stand it, while others are curious and actually like to hear it. Herod liked listening to John.
Please, no witty or snarky comments. Kids are asking real questions. They want real answers. And real answers are not belittling, nor fun-poking, nor requiring an apology. Real answers also aren't often very short.