The Litmus Test
Know Him Is to Love Him
All I knew was that I was completely
enthralled by the Son of God. I wanted to know
Him. I wanted to belong to Him, heart and soul.
And He said I had to deny myself.
The Name Above All Names —Yahshua
The original Hebrew name of the Savior
Actually Needs Human Beings
God needs friends to help Him bring
about everything that is in His heart.
Whole Message of This New Life
The words of the gospel, together
with the life of community (which is the fruit
of that gospel), is the witness of the Body
of Messiah on earth.
1 John 3:14-17
The disgraceful thing about division
in the Body is that it communicates to the
world that Christ is a useless Savior.
Coward & The Conqueror
The Barrier that holds men captive
in the domain of darkness, although invisible,
is every bit as real as was the Berlin Wall.
Instead of concrete and wire, it is woven of
fear, shame, insecurity, intimidation, anxiety,
peer pressure, emotional attachments, pride,
and countless worldly entanglements.
Know the Commandments
A Self-Made Prison
Whatever one gives himself to habitually
and compulsively is the object of his love.
The deception of riches ensnares the one who
has a love for it.
it Only for Him?
Haven’t you heard people say
it? I have. It is one of the main ways preachers,
evangelists, and just ordinary people deal
with the uncomfortable passage in the New Testament
that describes Jesus’ encounter with
the rich young ruler.
Between You and the Free Gift?
Eternal life is a free gift. Okay,
that’s clear. But to whom is it given?
According to the Word of God it is available
for all who overcome everything that is set
against the freedom to drink of the water of
Luther: Did He pass the Litmus Test?
Martin Luther, one of the foremost
Fathers of the Reformation, rejected the Book
of James, calling it “an epistle of straw”.
He could not reconcile his fundamental doctrine
of salvation by faith alone, with James’ clear
teaching that “faith without works is
Grace... faith... works... such common
words, but what do they mean? What are the
works that cannot save us, and the works we
are saved to do? And for that matter, what
is salvation anyway?
Takes a Community
The beginning of the book of Acts
describes the vibrant life of the first Church
in Jerusalem. What was their way of life, back
when it was “the Way”?
Friends & Enemies
The First Letter of John commands
us “Do not love the world or the things
that are in the world. If anyone loves the
world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1
What is love? What is the world? What does it mean to love the world? Do you
love the world?
What does it truly cost to be a true
disciple of the Son of the Living God? Have
you paid the price?
Real Down-to-Earth Jesus
Andrew was looking for a real, down
to earth Jesus; the Jesus of the Community
of Acts 2 & 4.
A parable of when a lone bee meets
the hive of honeybeees.
Out of Dry Ground
Like a root out of dry ground, the
Vine has sprouted again and brought forth clusters — communities
of people who love Messiah and who desire nothing
more than to abide in Him and bear the fruit
of His Kingdom.
Can one honestly say that there is
no difference in the eyes of God between a
child molester and a hard-working farmer who
rises early and goes to bed late, wearing himself
out in his struggle to feed his family?