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    What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?

    In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

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5000, The Roman’s Road, and other Ramblings

An interesting thing happended here today.  This little blog received its 5000th hit.   I know it’s not that big by world wide web standards, but it still amazes me.  What’s notable, is that more than half of the hits were to the Roman’s Road Page I set up when I started this blog.  Given the popularity of that page, this seems like a good time to discuss the Roman’s Road a bit. 

There is a concern I have when we consider the Roman’s Road that although the series of verses  is an excellent tool by which to explain God’s plan of salvation, maybe it’s just not that easy.  Maybe after reading through the road map, we can too easily jump on board without counting the true cost of following Jesus.  I would add Luke 9:57-62 to the road map….sort of a side trip if you will.

As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

 Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”   

He said to another man, “Follow me.”
      But the man replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”    Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family.”  Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

I guess I’m feeling that if we leave the Roman’s Road to stand on it’s own, becoming a Christian is more about checking off something on a “to-do” list and less about letting God show you his “to-do” list for your life.  

So, if you came here looking for the Roman’s Road verses via some internet search, please go read through that page.  Just take a few minutes to read the end of Luke 9 as well.   

If you’ve ever stopped by here and read a post, or a page, or clicked on a link, thanks for being one of the 5000 over the last couple of years.  I’m glad we could venture down this road together. 

Oh, and I want to take this time to ask you to consider sponsoring a child through Amazima.  Remember that $300 sends a child to school with a uniform and supplies for a year.  That $300 also includes two meals a day.  Most importantly, your gift allows another child to hear about Jesus.  Seems like $300 well spent, to me.  Please click on the badge in the upper left corner to learn all about Amazima Ministries International.

Looking forward to reaching 10,000 hits with all of you along the way. 

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