Blessed assurance! Jesus IS mine!

News flash: Eating two pounds of Awful Tasting Vegetable X every day may reduce your risk of heart disease by up to 40 percent.  Isn’t that exciting?  You’re changing your family’s dietary regimen even as you read, right?

Probably not.  And for the same reasons I am not. 

Receiving Jesus

I was called on the carpet recently for using the term “receiving Jesus” — a term frequently used by those in the denominations to refer to finding grace, particularly in the absence of baptism or any other concrete act of obedience.  I then caught myself saying it twice in the very next sermon I preached, so I suppose the observation is valid.