Category Archives: The Father

The Problem of Impersonal Evangelism

There is nothing more delightful to me than sharing the good news of Jesus with someone. It is rewarding to watch as they discover the love the Father has toward them and to see how it changes their lives. However, … Continue reading

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A Response to the Death of Gay-hating Westboro Church Leader Fred Phelps

A few days ago, I read that Pastor Fred Phelps was on his deathbed. ‘Oh boy’, I thought, ‘I had better be thinking about what to say when people react to his death with cheers and celebration.’ Such a response … Continue reading

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The Father Grants Judgment Authority to Jesus

We learn from Jesus’ own words that Jesus represents the Father fully, but the Father also grants authority to Jesus. Jesus talks about this during a discussion with the Jewish leaders which is reported in John chapter 5. Jesus had encountered … Continue reading

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You Are Invited!

When Jesus was in the upper room with his disciples, just before he was arrested and killed, he shared with them about his relationship with his Father. In John chapter 14 he said, ‘No one comes to the Father except … Continue reading

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Show us the Father

After Jesus told his disciples in the upper room about his Father’s House the conversation about the Father continued. When Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ Jesus … Continue reading

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Jesus Speaks of the Father’s House

The ‘Kingdom of God’ can be a confusing term, but it is less complicated than it seems. It is the community of the Father and has two aspects—the current community on earth and the future, eternal community we join at … Continue reading

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Approaching the Father

Jesus teaches us how to approach the Father in a portion of one of my favorite passages of the entire Bible—which is often called the Sermon on the Mount. In Matthew chapters 5-7, Jesus gives a wonderful discourse on how … Continue reading

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Jesus Speaks of His Relationship with the Father

Jesus talks a lot about the Father in the Gospels, but how does he know so much? Where does he get his information? One one occasion, Jesus tells the Pharisees about his special relationship with the Father, and they are … Continue reading

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The God of the Old Testament vs. the Father of the New Testament

The angry, violent, vindictive God of the Old Testament often seems completely at odds with the loving Father of the New Testament. It is difficult to reconcile the two and sometimes believers, along with non-believers and ex-believers, question the actions … Continue reading

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I Believe in the Father

There is an important question many are asking today. It is not a new question but an old one, yet it still needs asking, and it still needs answering: Is there a God or is there not? I don’t think … Continue reading

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The Parable of the Joyous Father (Part three of three)

We have talked of the parable of the wayward son and the parable of the resentful brother; now we will discuss the parable of the joyous Father. These are all approaches to the parable we usually call The Prodigal Son. … Continue reading

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Who Would Reject the Father and What Becomes of Them?

If there is no eternal, burning hell, does everyone ultimately become part of the Father’s family, whether they wish to or not? I don’t think so. The idea that everyone will live forever with God, or as some would put … Continue reading

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The Father’s House—Which Model?

I believe the love of the Father extends to everyone, and I like to think of all of us being in the Father’s House, which is a metaphor for those living in the Father’s love. If this is so, then … Continue reading

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Metaphor of The Father’s House

updated 2-18-19 A central point of the message about Jesus is that the Father sent him to bring about a change in our situation whereby we are rescued from a life of alienation and fear, both in this life and … Continue reading

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