Then Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed to believe in him. "If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you." JOHN 8:31-32
(poetry by Ruby Neumann)
I am surrounded by lies
Flooded with deception
The world around
Has rained illusion on me
What is real?
What is good?
What is not out to destroy me?
There is nothing out there that will redeem me
From the insanity
It all threatens to push me farther
into the crevasse of my own damaged imagination
Stop me from believing any of it
Stop me from trusting anything again
Let me read once again about TRUTH
TRUTH is not a doctrine
TRUTH is not a statement
TRUTH is not a conviction
TRUTH is not reality
TRUTH IS A PERSON
"because of the truth, which lives in us and will be with us forever:"
2 JOHN 1:3 (NIV)
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
JOHN 14:1-14 (NIV)
JOHN 14:1-14 (NIV)