8 Things Jesus Never Said

8 Things Jesus Never Said

Jesus said a lot of things throughout the Bible, but there are also a lot of things he didn’t. Here are eight things Jesus never said.

1. “No shirt, no shoes, no service.”

Jesus never gave prerequisites for encountering his love. Regardless of your past, the love of Christ is available for anyone who is willing to accept it. Nobody is too flawed for forgiveness and eternal salvation.

2. “Follow me, and I will bring you fame and fortune.”

Jesus never promises fame or fortune, yet these are also not things he opposes if used for his glory. If your reasoning for seeking a relationship with God is materially focused, you may want to evaluate what god you’re really yearning for.

3. “Everything will go according to your plans.”

Many of us pray to Jesus thinking that everything we ask of Him is going to be answered in our timing. The reality is that not all prayers will be answered, but that Jesus does have the power to fulfill any prayer that is asked of him. He’s that BIG! Just because a prayer isn’t answered in your timing does not mean your prayer has been ignored. God hears all, knows all and knows what’s best for each of us as individuals. Take a step back and trust in God, his timing and his will.

4. “I will bless you if you pray hard enough.”

The blessing of prayer is in prayer itself. Communication and dialogue between our heavenly father and us is more fulfilling than anything else we can ask for. Jesus isn’t a magic genie, and if your prayers seem more like wishes than heart-felt conversations, you may want to re-think how your foundation of faith is being built.

5. “Life is going to be without rough patches.”

So many people think that just because they believe in Jesus means everything is going to be flawless and perfect. This really isn’t the case at all. You may have a relationship with Jesus, but this doesn’t mean life is going to stop moving forward, tough circumstances are going to cease to exist, and rough times will never be a possibility. Even though Jesus never said life would be easy, he did say he would be there for you in your times of need. The message of The Gospel isn’t that life will be perfect, but that in its imperfection we have a perfect and flawless Savior.

6. “I will answer prayers on your time.”

Although God is faithful in his answering of prayer, we cannot expect him to answer every prayer to our exact measurements. Faith is trusting God even when things don’t make sense, and that includes a prayer that we feel may be unanswered or at the wrong time. Faith is trusting in God’s timing, not ours.

7. “You’re too far gone to be saved.”

Nobody is too far traveled from having a relationship with God. No matter where life has brought you, you always have the opportunity to look next to you and see the open arms of Jesus. The forgiveness and love that He offers is not something we can run from, nor become too dirty to accept.

8. “You deserve to have nice things.” 

Jesus never said you deserve a huge house, nice car, big paycheck and a sweet job. In fact, everything in the Gospel points to simplicity rather than luxury. This isn’t to say that you’re not allowed to have nice things but that Jesus didn’t promise you are going to be given them. God’s plan for each of our lives is different, and we need to understand that not everyone is going to make the same amount of money, drive the same types of cars or even live in the same type of housing.

What we need to understand is that Jesus did say we need to love our neighbors, help those who are in need, and that the widow and homeless deserve to be loved as Christ loved the church.You don’t deserve to have nice things, but you do get to experience the love of Christ, and that is worth more than anything this world can offer.

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Why Do We Do Good & Bad Stuff?

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What about Bob?

life, love, and the pursuit of Jesus.

I worked in the coffee industry for close to seven years.

During my time slinging espresso, it wasn’t unusual for people to open up and tell me about seemingly everything about their lives, from their kids to their jobs–the happiest of moments to the darkest. It didn’t really seem to matter where I worked, or who I came in contact with, people just seemed to open up. It was almost like someone had pinned a “Hi! You can tell me anything…” badge on my apron without me noticing.

Through the years, I’ve learned the art of striking up conversations with nearly anyone; but more importantly, I’ve learned to listen and seen how powerful it can be to simply notice the individual who seems to be lost in the crowd.

A little over a month ago, I met a friend of mine for coffee at a Starbucks in my favorite South Floridian…

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Thoughts on Trust from a Hot Mess

Good thoughts from Chelsea

life, love, and the pursuit of Jesus.

Wow. First off, how is it already October? And second, have I really not blogged since April? My secret inner social media guru just did the math on how long it’s been since my last post… And she’s embarrassed.

What happened?

Life happened. New job, new state, new church, new roommate, new friendships. Sunny South Florida has seemed to invade my calm, routine life, replacing it with a whirlwind of newness. It’s been an adventure. It’s been exciting. It’s been fruitful. It’s been really fun.

And truthfully at times, it’s been really difficult, painful and lonely.

Several weeks ago I went home to Washington State for the second time since my cross country move. Because my first visit back went off without a hitch, I wrongfully assumed this would be the same. In reality it wasn’t. I’ll spare you the details, but let’s just say that I returned a bit…

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How To Talk With People

A helpful & challenging TED video, especially the first few minutes.


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Learning To Get Along With God (and Other Important People)

Life is full of opportunity and challenges—more than any of us can really deal with on our own. Throughout the years, I have noticed:

  1. I can never get it all done.
  2. I never have time for what is important.
  3. I need some absolute cornerstone truths to hold me steady.

There are theological arguments and experiences that will support anything I want to believe. But, they will not help me grow.

God does supernaturally reveal himself to us and we can have an intellectual understanding of him. Neither you nor I are the best guides of what we need. Left alone, we find ways to satisfy ourselves and avoid anyone and anything that keeps us from it. We need an Absolute God and people to work that relational life out with, no matter how difficult or broken that process can be.

Let’s visit my list.

  1. I can never get it all done by myself. I have to stop doing what I feel has to be done, in order to decide the essentials—the things that truly determine what kind of life I have.At the top of my list are daily prayer, reading the Bible and weekly times of fellowship and worship with others. Without that, we end up damaging ourselves and those around us, instead of being redeemed and restored, and used as an agent of God’s redemption and restoration to others. This is the path to joy, satisfaction and happiness.
  1. I never have time for what is important. My own need for satisfaction and approval keeps me from what really is important. We work to avoid pain and conflict. There’s the fear that if I stop long enough, I might have to face the fact I need God and others. I lose control. This effort of avoidance keeps me in a cycle of not enough time.
  1. I need absolute cornerstone truths to hold me steady. Sure we can’t be sure that everything we believe is true, there will always be doubt in faith. This can’t hold us back. We have to dive into the process and grow in understanding and faith in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. A community of people helps me avoid settling for what is comfortable by challenging me to trust and release control.

We are selfish and self-absorbed. We are not beyond pursuing our own wants or avoiding pain. The answers are not that easy. Solving the problem of our rebellion, our relationship with God and others is not a path of easy self-satisfaction. It is a long-term challenge of relationship worked out between men and women in marriages, friendships, families, imperfect churches and even governing nations. It’s done to reveal God and join him in presenting hope to a decaying world.

I’ll be talking about this subject at Valley Life Church throughout the next several weeks.

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Social {Media} Butterflies

life, love, and the pursuit of Jesus.

I’m a social butterfly.

Like, I really love people.

People watching, meeting new friends, connecting and reconnecting with people I hold dear, hearing stories, laughing at life, and creating adventure, simply put, my life is deeply enriched when it’s surrounded by others.

My mother says I’ve been like this sense I was an infant. I’ve always enjoyed being the life of the party, telling stories and making others laugh. I’m a firm believer that life should be shared well with others (and that it should also be documented well through pictures). But recently, I’ve found myself asking,

Am I missing out on life because I’m spending too much time staring at my iPhone?

My phone serves as filler in the spaces of silence, downtime and awkwardness. I find myself, often out of habit, opening and “connecting” with people on social media, rather than intentionally reaching out in real life. In…

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Damsels In Distress

Kind of like my normal day flyfishing

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Cover Me, I’m Screwing Up


A few weeks ago, while flying to Florida, I was listening to an orchestral recording of Dvorak’s “New World” symphony. The usual comparisons between an orchestra and the Body of Christ came to mind—the combined ability to create harmonies, tones, dynamic range; great music made only by a gathering of talented musicians working together under the influence of a talented conductor—but, I was also struck by something new to me.
Here’s what I was thinking. With so many great players, musical parts and different kinds of instruments, maybe someone could get away with a mistake once in a while. What I mean is, there is a big difference between being a soloist and being in an orchestra. It’s hard for a soloist to hide, but within an orchestra, you have a lot of others who can model and cover for you and still make great music.
We need our friends, families, spouses and churches—all as imperfect as we are, to be complete. Not many of us are really soloists, but we all have an important part to play. We can be together, imperfect as individuals, yet still be and do something great.

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Church Misspeak

In light of the fact that the Christian church in America tends to develop its own insider language that others have trouble understanding; I thought this list of “Bulletin Bloopers” is both enlightening and funny.

  • Due to the Rector’s illness, Wednesday’s healing services will be discontinued until further notice.
  • Bertha Belch, a missionary from Africa, will be speaking tonight at Calvary Methodist. Come hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa.
  • The Rev. Merriwether spoke briefly, much to the delight of the audience.
  • On a church bulletin during the minister’s illness: GOD IS GOOD; Dr. Hargreaves is better.
  • Applications are now being accepted for 2 year-old nursery workers.
  • The pastor will preach his farewell message, after which the choir will sing, “Break Forth Into Joy.”
  • If you would like to make a donation, fill out a form, enclose a check, and drip in the collection basket.
  • Next Sunday Mrs. Vinson will be soloist for the morning service. The pastor will then speak on “It’s a Terrible Experience.”
  • Don’t miss this Saturday’s exhibit by Christian Martian Arts.
  • We are grateful for the help of those who cleaned up the grounds around the church building and the rector.
  • A worm welcome to all who have come today.
  • Barbara remains in the hospital and needs blood donors for more transfusions. She is also having trouble sleeping and requests tapes of Pastor Nelson’s sermons.
  • During the absence of our pastor, we enjoyed the rare privilege of hearing a good sermon when J.F. Stubbs supplied our pulpit.
  • Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
  • The ushers will come forward and take our ties and offerings.
  • The rosebud on the altar this morning is to announce the birth of David Alan Belzer, the sin of Reverend and Mrs. Julius Belzer.
  • The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the church basement on Friday at 7 p.m. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
  • Don’t let worry kill you off – let the church help.
  • Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person(s) you want remembered.
  • Let us join David and Lisa in the celebration of their wedding and bring their happiness to a conclusion.
  • Helpers are needed! Please sign up on the information sheep.
  • Diana and Don request your presents at their wedding.
  • The concert held in Fellowship Hall was a great success. Special thanks are due to the minister’s daughter, who labored the whole evening at the piano, which as usual fell upon her.
  • The outreach committee has enlisted 25 visitors to make calls on people who are not afflicted with any church.
  • Low Self-Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 to 8:30p.m. Please use the back door.
  • The 1991 Spring Council Retreat will be hell May 10 and 11.
  • The audience is asked to remain seated until the end of the recession.
  • Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community.
  • 22 members were present at the church meeting held at the home of Mrs. Marsha Crutchfield last evening. Mrs. Crutchfield and Mrs. Rankin sang a duet, The Lord Knows Why.
  • The choir invites any member of the congregation who enjoys sinning to join the choir.
  • At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be “What is Hell?”. Come early and listen to our choir practice.
  • The third verse of Blessed Assurance will be sung without musical accomplishment.
  • The music for today’s service was all composed by George Friedrich Handel in celebration of the 300th anniversary of his birth.
  • A song fest was hell at the Methodist church Wednesday.
  • Today’s Sermon: How Much Can a Man Drink? with hymns from a full choir.
  • Hymn: “I Love Thee My Ford.”
  • Miss Charlene Mason sang “I will not pass this way again” giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
  • Women’s Luncheon: Each member bring a sandwich. Polly Phillips will give the medication.
  • Announcement in the church bulletin for a National PRAYER & FASTING conference: “The cost for attending the Fasting and Prayer conference includes meals.”
  • The church will host an evening of fine dining, superb entertainment, and gracious hostility.
  • Ushers will eat latecomers.
  • Tuesday at 4PM there will be an ice cream social. All ladies giving milk will please come early.
  • Weight Watchers will meet at 7 p.m. Please use large double door at the side entrance.
  • Potluck supper: prayer and medication to follow.
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