"I am the Bread of Life. The person who aligns with me hungers no more and thirsts no more, ever. And once that person is with me, I hold on and don't let go. I came down from heaven not to follow my own whim but to accomplish the will of the One who sent me.
This, in a nutshell, is that will: that everything handed over to me by my Father be completed--not a single detail missed--and at the wrap up of…
Added by James Ronald Ross on April 17, 2018 at 1:33pm —
Some thoughts about authentic LOVE: This is what being "radicalized" truly means!!!
“Writing to those loved by God the Father, called and kept safe by Jesus Christ. Relax, everything’s going to be all right; rest, everything’s coming together; open your hearts, love is on the way...But you, dear friends, carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith by praying in the Holy…
Added by James Ronald Ross on April 9, 2018 at 12:27pm —
Your life is hidden with Christ in God..." Maybe the single greatest part of our journey with Jesus is to discover, experience and plumb the depths of the treasure we have within. Spiritual growth and development call us to live from the inside out. As we do we find ourselves moving incrementally from hiding to hidden. This is not a play on words. It is the essence of living simply, securely, safely and successfully! Continue
Hiding is one of the ugliest and scariest parts of the fall of…
Added by James Ronald Ross on March 19, 2018 at 1:39pm —
“In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” (Hebrews 1: 1-3 NIV) Continue
Added by James Ronald Ross on March 13, 2018 at 3:39pm —
Are you a person of single focus-a person of one thing? "But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ." Paul purposely narrowed his options to become a man of one thing. Let’s consider how he put it…
“Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant - dog dung. I've dumped it all in the…
Added by James Ronald Ross on December 18, 2017 at 12:32pm —
The longer I walk with Jesus; my Elder Brother, Lord and Savior, the more I need strengthening from the inside out! "Out of our innermost being flows the river of life." The flow of life more abundant is always and only from the inside out. It always has its origin and power in the reservoir of Christ in me! So why do I seem to persist in my veiled attempt at living from the outside in?
3:16 3:16 I desire for you to realize what the Father has given you from His own limitless… Continue
Added by James Ronald Ross on December 14, 2017 at 4:19pm —
Everything and I mean everything is under control! As the earth continues to spin on its axis at a mind-boggling rate of speed (completely undetected by you and me) it has never nor will it ever spin out of control.
Why? Because God is Sovereign! He holds it all together without so much as one anxious thought. "He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together." Col. 2:17, NIV
Stop giving ear to the 'naysayers;, especially the false prophets and religious 'naysaye...rs'.… Continue
Added by James Ronald Ross on November 21, 2017 at 12:39pm —
An indecisive faith and a wavering hope immobilize us on our journey to fullness of life and our daily walk in the Spirit of Jesus. If we could only believe Jesus was/is telling the truth then this world in which we live would be an exciting place! It’s a place of romance and adventure, a place of promise and a place of possibilities, a place of confidence and joyous expectation!
But more than that, our world is a place of love. A place where we can live and love intentionally! The Gospel… Continue
Added by James Ronald Ross on November 18, 2017 at 3:33pm —
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. G. K. Chesterton
Here are some of the countless blessings that will always provide fuel for a wildfire of gratitude in your soul! The Jesus experiences of each day are kindling for that wildfire. These awesome experiences (if you can see and hear from your heart) will continually stoke the embers of past experience into the blaze of present presence and grandeur in… Continue
Added by James Ronald Ross on November 17, 2017 at 2:45pm —
The Silent Sermon
A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the pastor decided to visit him. It was a chilly evening. The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire.
Guessing the reason for his pastor's visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited. The pastor made himself at home but said nothing. In the grave silence, he… Continue
Added by James Ronald Ross on November 14, 2017 at 3:56pm —
"I am the Real Vine and my Father is the Farmer...Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can't bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can't bear fruit unless you are joined with me..."
"When you're joined with me and I with you, the relationship intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant...This is how my Father shows who He is--when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples." John 15:1a, 4,… Continue
Added by James Ronald Ross on November 9, 2017 at 11:58am —
Love is the point! If I don’t start from the motivation of love then my actions--whatever they may be, are inconsequential. And I will not end up with an outcome governed and adorned by love! What’s the point otherwise? My intent, my heart motive, my thoughts and my actions must be subjected only to love if love is to be! I am made for loves sonnet to be sung through the notes of my life’s song. Are you?
1 Corinthians 13:1 Speaking in tongues is not the point; love is. It is neither… Continue
Added by James Ronald Ross on November 6, 2017 at 9:18am —
There is no pain quite like the sting left in the wake of self rejection. Yet, our own failures open the door to the possibilities discovered in the feeling and knowing of regret and guilt. It is bravery of the highest degree to plumb the depths of our own secret wars. "To thine own self be true."
Freedom is sweetest once we are released from the dark dungeons of denial and depression. It begins while allowing pain to push us toward the light found only in the brutal, honest, fearless,… Continue
Added by James Ronald Ross on November 1, 2017 at 10:09am —
"Jesus said, I am the Bread of Life. The person who aligns with me hungers no more and thirsts no more, ever. I have told you this explicitly because even though you have seen me in action, you don't really believe me. Every person the Father gives me eventually comes running to me. And once that person is with me, I hold on and don't let go. I came down from heaven not to follow my own whim but to accomplish the will of the One who sent me."
"This, in a nutshell, is that will, that… Continue
Added by James Ronald Ross on October 30, 2017 at 2:57pm —
Have you ever felt like your life was just a bit out of tune or sync? Or that you are invisible and/or marginalized to those around you and in your own self-image. Have you bought into the lie that your life doesn’t matter to others or in the grand scheme of history? Have you just acquiesced to the seeming insurmountable or overwhelming circumstances you find yourself in? If really truthful to yourself would you admit to being passive instead of passionate about your life? But; wait a… Continue
Added by James Ronald Ross on October 27, 2017 at 2:36pm —
"But I need something more! I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I am at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me?" Romans 7:17a and 24, (Msg) Can you identify with Paul’s gut wrenching cry? I can!
Does the power of sin and unhealed or unresolved issues ever seem to sabotage your best intentions? More often than I like to admit, they do for me. Any real or honest follower of the Grace Message of Jesus Christ will readily admit to Paul's dilemma. For me, the very… Continue
Added by James Ronald Ross on October 24, 2017 at 2:25pm —
Grace Wins-Hands Down
“What dynamic transforms us into the image of Christ? Is it through will power, looking at the law and being determined to never sin again? Is it through the power of shame and guilt that we are transformed?” (Pure Grace)
I think not! God forbid! May it never be! “I suggest that there is no other conclusion which can be drawn from those who teach VERSIONS of legalism? They say if you can make sin look grotesque enough, believers will stop sinning. How is that… Continue
Added by James Ronald Ross on September 27, 2017 at 4:04pm —
We continue to shout our praise even when we are hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary-we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit.” Romans 5:3-5, (Msg)
Added by James Ronald Ross on September 19, 2017 at 11:43am —
"So here's what I want you to do, God helping you. Take your everyday, ordinary life--your sleeping, eating, going-to- work and walking around life---and place it before God as an offering" Rom. 12:1 The Message.
"Make sure you don't take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship--a different kind of 'sacrifice'--that takes place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets" Heb.… Continue
Added by James Ronald Ross on September 6, 2017 at 11:50am —
Father’s Loving Gaze
For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” 2 Chronicles 16:9, NKJV
Father’s eyes are continually scanning the horizons of the entire earth; searching for the heart of even one of His children that He has won to His love. Just the slightest detection or hint of one totally committed heart, evokes an eruption of color from His eyes that rival the Northern Lights dancing… Continue
Added by James Ronald Ross on August 31, 2017 at 1:19pm —