Posts tagged with ‘John the Baptist’

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Faithfulness to Jesus

by Ladd

1 “After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee. 2 When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples 3 to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect […]

Is All Well In the Kingdom?

by Ladd
Angry Cloud

“John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Luke 3:16 The “John” in our verse is John the Baptist, cousin of Jesus Christ, […]

…”Who do you say I am?” Matthew 16:15

by Ladd
raindrops on thorns

13 “When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon […]

Baptism is the Beginning of a Journey

by Ladd

Some days are just perfect and last Sunday was one of those days. Three wonderful ladies were baptized in a pristine lake under the watchful eye of a beautiful old rustic cabin. The sun shone hot, the lake breeze kept it cool and the fellowship was amazing. As each of the ladies was baptized I […]

The New Moses

by Ladd

The baptism scene in Matthew is one of the most astonishing passages in the entire book. John the Baptist is baptizing in the Jordan River when suddenly Jesus appears and asks to be baptized. John, to say the least, is a bit taken aback by the request and pleads his case, “I need to be […]

Crushed by Perfection

by Ladd

Timothy Keller, in his book Encounters with Jesus notes Jesus “did not come primarily to be a good example. And I am glad He didn’t. Do you know why? He’s too good! He’s so perfect that as an example He just crushes you into the ground. Anyone who really, seriously, seeks to make Him a […]

The Gift

by Ladd

In the back of my Bible is the following quote from John Stott’s commentary on Galatians, Only One Way “Sinners may be justified before God and by God, not because of any works of their own, but because of the atoning work of Christ, not because of anything they have done or could do, but […]

Repentance is More Than Saying You’re Sorry

by Ladd

The word in the New Testament usually translated repent is the Greek word metanoeo. It means to change your mind; reconsider; or to think differently. We usually think of repentance when someone has done something that they know is wrong and have come to their senses and realize the seriousness of what they’ve done. The […]

God’s Call Demands Sacrifice

by Ladd

“In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’ […]

“Will you baptize me?”

by Ladd

A question that I receive quite often here at The Beggar Danced regards the relationship between baptism and church membership. When a person is baptized is he/she baptized into the local church, the church universal or into Christ? Related to these questions are questions that revolve around the requirements for baptism and who is able […]