They’re The Same!

Jesus’ Doppleganger

My friend, Will and I enjoy coffee together at the same coffeehouse. Will and I were sitting together and our friend, Daniel’s little five year-old niece, Zoe, as she was leaving the coffee shop, looked back at Will and me and shouted:

“They’re the same!”

My friend David saw us one day and said, “you two are dopplegangers!” Doppleganger is a fun science fiction term to describe two identical beings.  How often do you think of God and Jesus and proclaim “they’re the same!”?

We get Jesus’ deity but do we really get that God’s all-encompassing character (in the Old AND New Testament) is the same as Jesus’?  Consider this:

“He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God….” (Colossians 1:15)

They’re the same!

What’s your picture of God? Does your image of God in the Old Testament look like Jesus? Like little Zoe says “they’re the SAME!”

You know God, all powerful who made the universe? And you know Jesus who God embodied Himself as? “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

They’re the same!!!

And you know the Holy Spirit who Jesus left to live in you? “But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.” (John 14:26). The Holy Spirt is God’s representative…. The all-powerful God who made heaven and earth and the Holy Spirit who lives within YOU! They’re the same!!!

Your picture of God is everything! He is good!!! This is how Jesus represents the very nature of God: “And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…” (Hebrews‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭NASB)

Jesus, God and the Holy Sprit…

THEY’RE THE SAME!

God is more beautiful than your and my picture of Him! Let’s display His image to others as purer than we can comprehend. How does it change your view of God and your everyday life knowing that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit…

THEY’RE THE SAME!

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A Bible Study Method for The Gospels

I’ve received a high number of responses about the helpfulness of the blog entry i wrote on the ABCDE Bible study method IMG_0095 used to study an epistle. Here is a Bible study method to use for studying any one of the four Gospels. Meditate on any passage of a Gospel and ask yourself or the person you’re studying with these questions:
  1. What did Jesus say?  There’s a reason why Bibles are printed with Jesus’ words in red. They are important!  Meditate on the words of Jesus.
  2. What did Jesus do? Often you hear in today’s culture, “live what you preach.” Jesus actually did this. His actions embodied what the book of James says: “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds (‭James‬ ‭2‬:‭17-18‬ NIV).” Meditate on what Jesus did.
  3. How do we respond?  Studying the Living Word of God and what Jesus said and did always calls for response in our life. Again James, in his book, explains this more elequently than me: “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do (‭James‬ ‭1‬:‭22-25‬ NIV).”
  4. What does this passage say about the character of God?  I’ve heard the Bible explained simply as a rule book for life. If we read the Bible merely as a lifeless textbook, it can become very legalistic. Theology is the study of God. The Bible is the living Word of God revealing God’s character; who God is. However, being touched by the character of God and how He saved us through the Good News of Jesus does, it also propel us through the power of the Holy Spirit to live like Jesus did! What is the Gospel passage you’re reading reveal to you about the character of God?
This Bible study method has not only deepened my relationship with Jesus, but it has also given me a simple but effective way to study the Bible with someone else. What has helped you study the Life of Jesus? Who are you going to ask this week to study the life of Jesus with you?

Who God Says You Are

Let’s receive God’s love. Knowing who we are in Christ is mine and Marissa’s passion, along with helping others know who they are in Christ. May this love letter from God encourage you this week:

The Cry of a Father’s heart from Genesis to Revelation…

with love

My Child,

You may not know me, but I know everything about you. Psalm 139:1

I know when you sit down and when you rise up. Psalm 139:2

I am familiar with all your ways. Psalm 139:3

Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. Matthew 10:29-31

For you were made in my image. Genesis 1:27

In me you live and move and have your being. Acts 17:28

For you are my offspring. Acts 17:28

I knew you even before you were conceived. Jeremiah 1:4-5

I chose you when I planned creation. Ephesians 1:11-12

You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book. Psalm 139:15-16

I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live. Acts 17:26

You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14

I knit you together in your mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13

And brought you forth on the day you were born. Psalm 71:6

I have been misrepresented by those who don’t know me. John 8:41-44

I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love. 1 John 4:16

And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. 1 John 3:1

Simply because you are my child and I am your Father. 1 John 3:1

I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. Matthew 7:11

For I am the perfect father. Matthew 5:48

Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand. James 1:17

For I am your provider and I meet all your needs. Matthew 6:31-33

My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. Jeremiah 29:11

Because I love you with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3

My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. Psalm 139:17-18

And I rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17

I will never stop doing good to you. Jeremiah 32:40

For you are my treasured possession. Exodus 19:5

I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul. Jeremiah 32:41

And I want to show you great and marvelous things. Jeremiah 33:3

If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me. Deuteronomy 4:29

Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

For it is I who gave you those desires. Philippians 2:13

I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine. Ephesians 3:20

For I am your greatest encourager. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you. Psalm 34:18

As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart. Isaiah 40:11

One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. Revelation 21:3-4

And I’ll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth. Revelation 21:3-4

I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus. John 17:23

For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. John 17:26

He is the exact representation of my being. Hebrews 1:3

He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you. Romans 8:31

And to tell you that I am not counting your sins. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you. 1 John 4:10

I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. Romans 8:31-32

If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me. 1 John 2:23

And nothing will ever separate you from my love again. Romans 8:38-39

Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen. Luke 15:7

I have always been Father, and will always be Father. Ephesians 3:14-15

My question is… Will you be my child? John 1:12-13

I am waiting for you. Luke 15:11-32

Love, Your Dad
Almighty God

Father’s Love Letter used by permission Father Heart Communications Copyright 1999-2014 www.FathersLoveLetter.com

Originally posted 2015-02-09 08:00:50.

The Power of Encouragement

Encouragement is life-giving words empowering people we journey with to step out into their goals

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24)."

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24).”

“in courage.”  God first encouraged us… “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word (2 Thes. 2:16-17).”   God encourages us to walk “in courage” for Jesus. What has someone spoken into your life that touched you deep down, acknowledging your deepest passions and skills, and gave you a vision of how you can walk in that?

I remember I started speaking and teaching in front of small groups as a student at the University of Oklahoma. A good friend, Brad Brickell, spoke encouragement into me by saying that I was gifted at speaking. I was floored because I have a speech impediment because of cerebral palsy, and it was very prominent during that time.

In my daily quiet time, I was reading about when God gave Moses a God-size mission to be His spokesperson. Moses responded in Exodus 4:10: “Moses said to the Lord, ‘Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.’”

 I thought, “YES, that’s me!” It was so comforting to know that the great Moses who parted the Red Sea and proclaimed God’s words boldly had a speech impediment too!!! God’s response to Moses was words of life to empower him to speak “in courage”: The Lord said to him, ‘Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.'” -Exodus 4:12

I have spoken around the world from Pepperdine University to universities in other nations such as Haiti and Brazil sharing about God’s power through my weaknesses, encouraging people to live for Jesus courageously in their weaknesses! More than a speaker, I pray to be known as “an encourager”. E-mail my wife to book me at your event (marissa@toddlollar.com).

How has someone encouraged you to live out your purpose, encouraging you in your God-given gifts, talents and passions? Please share below. How are you going to encourage someone in your life this week?

Originally posted 2015-01-19 07:00:00.