That is the question.
Everyone’s doing it.  Should I join the craze?
It’s like the modern-day soapbox. Do I step up and share my views?

I’ve always wanted a soapbox. One Sunday evening in middle school, Kari and I sang a duet,

“Oh give me a soapbox and I’ll stand up and say,
‘Jesus died to save me and take my sins away.'”

Some people say I’m always on my soapbox. It’s usually because I’m going on about one of many issues, near and dear to my heart. And yet, if I boil them all down, I find it’s always the same basic theme: Jesus is the answer to Life.

“He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
No one comes to the Father except through Him.”

Yes, I know. You’ve heard it before.
But nothing else makes sense; nothing else is a complete answer.

I know it’s not politically correct to say so…
But… let’s put “political correctness” aside and Consider Jesus.
He is the answer to all our questions.

Which way should I go? He is The Way.
What truth should I believe? He is The Truth.
What life am I to live? He is The Life.

So… I’ll stand on my soapbox and say, “Jesus!”

50 responses »

  1. If He is “the complete answer”, why does so called “Christian psychology” claim to have the additional answers?

  2. Michelle said: “Jesus died to save me and take my sins away.”

    Is that a correct statement of fact?

  3. Yes. Please read again:

    Isaiah 53
    Matthew 1:21
    John 1:29; 9:29-39; 10:9, 11, 14-16; 11:24-27;
    12:32-47; 17:1-3, 20-21; 20:21-31;
    Acts13:37-39
    Romans 6:1-14; 7:4-6, v.21-8:17

    Oh, there are just too many references to list them all.

    He will remember our sins no more. He has removed them “as far as the east is from the west.”

    Praise be to God!

    I love you, Uncle Johnny,

    Michelle.

  4. So let’s take one example. Matthew 1:21: 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus,[9] Jesus is the Gk form of the Hb name “Joshua,” which = “The Lord saves” or “Yahweh saves.” because He will save His people from their sins.”

    First question, who is this written to?

    Second question, who will he save?

    And I Love You too but can we say that here?

    Later,

  5. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.”

    Taking one text to build a doctrine upon will lead to many false teachings.

    Taking the whole counsel of the Word of God helps us to understand His plan from the beginning.

    Yes, Matthew may have been written primarily to the Jews, but that cannot be said for the other gospels. God came to save the world, and I am one of the “whosoevers.”

    Who are His people? He says in John that He will save all that the Father has given Him. In His High Priestly prayer in John 17 He prays specifically for us – you and me – v.20 “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word.” That’s me! I have believed through the words of the apostles.

    Don’t you think it interesting that even in His name, “The Lord saves” or “Yahweh saves,” He keeps it open for all.

    Check out Ephesians 2:11-22.

    Respectfully, Michelle.

  6. Tis no doubt he died for ALL but you miss the point by not identifying what he says and to whom He is saying it. He made no bones about it. He came for the lost sheep of Israel. He told the woman “I did not come for Dogs!”

    Everyone just grabs stuff and takes is as thought it were written or said to them and we get all messed up because of it.

    Yes He gave “The Great Commission” but before he left he told his eleven. “Stay in Jerusalem do not go to Samaria.” In fact they stayed right there till they died. Who did he send to Samaria and thus on The Great Commission?
    The eleven continued to preach the gospel of the Kingdom.

    Christ did not preach salvation by his shed blood. He could not since he had not died. The eleven stayed around preaching the gospel that more than half of the world takes and runs with this very day and it is not for us, it is totally wrong if not “Another Gospel”.

    That would be “Repent and be baptized for the remission of sins.” Peter intended every word of that and it means exactly what he said but it “had” and intended audience to whom it applied. It applies to no one today!

    The Roman catholics and many of their offspring and even some that were never Roman like the Church of Christ take this Gospel of the Kingdom” that was intended only for those Jews that had been under the law in that day. They were to repent believe on his name and be baptized to serve as the priests for His Kingdom only if ALL of the Jews had accepted Him as their King. But they did not.

    In any event the Gospel of the Kingdom was the one for His people and the Roman catholics erring grabbed it and have been making it up as they go ever since. Also some other Johnny come lately denominations do the same as they now preach that baptism saves one, but it is to miss the point entirely.

    They miss the point as do we when we say he died to save me from our sins.

    He did not! He rose from the dead to give us life!

    The only gospel that is applicable today is Paul’s Gospel or “The Gospel That Saves You” I Cor 15 1-4. There is no other!

  7. Awesome blog. I was glad to read your response on Jamie’s JustLove page about mental health issues. I have a hard time talking about my Biploar and Depression issues. I know that I will probably always be on some type of meds for these issues and I am finally ok with that. Going through my entire adult life undiagnosed with Bipolar and now being so much better, I will gladly take my meds and rely fully upon Jesus to get me through the more difficult days.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful Wednesday.

    Blessings,
    Kim from South Carolina
    http://www.jesusfollower.wordpress.com/

  8. I’m so glad you linked over. I’m with you, if we need the chemicals our bodies won’t produce, then why, out of some self-righteous misunderstanding will we choose to continue to suffer. We won’t let diabetics choose to kill themselves by not taking insulin – our disabled organ – the brain – need not be thought of as any different.

    I’ll come right over and check out your blog, as well.

    Blessings to you, Kim!

  9. I can appreciate a perfect soapbox. Keeps us clean.
    Oh and — Hi, my name is Tracy. I’m a Christian. 🙂

  10. Hi Michelle:) Glad you decided ‘to blog’- it’s a blessing- thanks for linking. Love ripplegirl

  11. One of the reasons I blog is for me. Blogging helps me to sort out the things in my mind, whether anyone else reads them or not. Another reason has to do with what you said about Christian witness. There is a lot of junk on the internet, and if our blogging puts some good into the universe, I think we should stand on the soapbox.

  12. Um, it’s Tracy. I freaked and deleted my old blog. Sorry. Should have told you, but I’m back. Don’t plan to be so personal this time. It’s too much “fodder.” I felt exposed. 🙂 Can I come back?

  13. Oh, yes!! You are very welcome! I kind of thought that was the situation – was just waiting for the day to see you again. 🙂

    So glad you’re back! Love you!

  14. Okay. How come this is my FIRST comment on THIS PAGE?!?! 😕 👿 😉 😀 😆

  15. Hello Clark, I’m not sure how you slipped past me…welcome.

    I don’t know, Nor…you weren’t really interested before? 😦 😥

  16. Just found your blog, and I’m thankful. Very interesting, too. Anyway, if you bear with me, here’s one of my favorite scriptures:
    Acts 4:12:
    Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

    Blogging, to me, is a great tool for witnessing, although it’s very new to me. I have always enjoyed writing, and thought at one time that would be my profession. Oh, how things change.

  17. Hello, Preacher Pen. I’m so glad you found me…I’ll be checking out your blog today! It is my tool for witnessing these days. It’s been quite a ride and can be overwhelming at times.

    Welcome.

  18. Hey Cousin,
    I’ve been looking over your “blog” to see what it is that you do all the time and I have to say…”I’m impressed” with your insight. I am not sure HOW you come up with all of this, but from what I have read, it gives me some things to think about. By the way….I am “Carrot Cake” and I know you will argue, since you think I am a Nasty person who likes to be the menice….but it fits me best in my life and well…darnit…people like me. (If you would ever take time to get to know me as an adult, I think you would see a different person too.)

    You are doing a great thing here. I am proud of you, Michelle, keep it up. We have been praying for you daily and especially since our last visit.
    Love You,
    Jonathan

  19. “I am ‘Carrot Cake’ and I know you will argue, since you think I am a Nasty person who likes to be the menice”

    Well, I was going to say, “Hey Jonathan!” so good to see you here!” But that comment…well now…that ain’t even close to true! I’m not sure where it’s coming from, probably shaming experiences throughout life. I DO know what that’s about.

    I see you as a very caring, loving, hard-working man. I see you as one who will listen and be “real” with people. I see you as a gentle person with much love for others which you spread around on a regular basis.

    I’ve NEVER thought of you in the way you described. So please, release yourself of that thinking. I love you, Jonathan, and always have!! Unfortunately, life gets in the way and we have not had the chance to be as close as I would have liked. But it’s never too late for things to change. You know?

    Our second half of life could be better than the first, if we let it. And KNOW it…I LIKE YOU!!!

    Love You!!! Your cuz, Michelle.

  20. Hi Michelle
    I just want to encourage you on your blog site. It’s awesome and I’m glad to see that brothers and sisters in the Lord are getting the Word of God out there! Be super blessed!
    Aimee
    Las Vegas

  21. Looks like you have lots of conversation underway on your blog. I am trying to get conversation started on blog I’ve just begun (http://runningtotheson.blogspot.com/).. The blog relates to running the race of life behind Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-3).

    How do people find you and your blog?

    Hope to hear back from you.
    David

  22. Hey, David. I think the trick is in the categories. Choose the ones WordPress has available instead of making your own. That gives you more traffic coming your way. Of course, it’s always good to respond whenever you get a comment. That helps people to know it’s a current blog and you’re willing to engage.

    I stopped by. Looks like you’ve got some good words to share.

    Check out my blogroll. We do tend to have a good community going among Christian bloggers. That helps too. The more you visit others’ sites and comment, they’ll come check out yours.

    Blessings!

    Just some thoughts.

  23. Hi Michelle – just read some words of yours on Robert’s blog –

    ” I’ve only found this type of authenticity with some blog buddies and my Celebrate Recovery group. It’s a sad thing to confess, considering I’ve been in the church my whole life. Mostly it’s been superficial, judgmental relationships I’ve endured at church. I’ve decided CR will be the best place for me for a while yet. Hopefully, in time, I’ll feel I can reach out again. But healing needs to take place first…and lots of swing-time with God.”

    I’m a “survivor” of spiritual abuse and just wanted some info about your Celebrate Recovery” group. Is this online? May I visit you?
    I’m sorry you also have had bad experiences with the church, I understand your pain – here’s to loads of swing-time with God!!
    God bless you, Jonie

  24. Hey, Jonie. Thanks for stopping by.

    My Celebrate Recovery group is at my local church. I understand there is a wesite and a directory of CR groups throughout the country. It’s a great ministry with people who are willing to get to the nitty-gritty of life…to be authentic about what’s bugging them.

    http://www.celebraterecovery.com/

    Just click on the tab “Find a Group”

    Hope that helps. I know how painful spiritual abuse can be. Sometimes it can take many years to recover…at least, that’s what I’ve found.

    You’re welcome here anytime, Jonie. 😉

  25. Thanks Michelle!
    I don’t live in the US – I was wondering if it was an online group.
    Thanks anyway – nice meeting you – I’ve subscribed to your blog and look forward to reading more.
    God bless, Jonie

  26. Hi Michelle. A great way to introduce your blog…talk about advertising. Yes, I considered Him years back…and HE HAS NOT MISLED ME, NOR LIED, NOR COME SHORT OF LIFE. He has been true….all the way.

    Blessings,

    Gladwell

  27. Hi Michelle! Came here through A Deeper Story. Been skimming your pages here and this “to blog or not to blog” and your final words reminded me of an old Van Morrison song that I like to crank on my iPod. I thought I’d share it in case you’d never heard it, the video is ADORABLE and the lyrics astounding! Be blessed and enjoy…….

  28. It is adorable. What a treat to wake up to such an encouraging song…Thank you, Rebekah, and welcome! Good timing… ♥

  29. Hey Sis! 🙂

    Sooo.. you have a new avatar huh?

    Forgive me for liking the ‘old’ one more 😉 – but i guess this one is pretty true to form.

    Have not heard in a while and was just checking in to see you are ok… You are ok ( in Christ) right ? 🙂

    Luv your Aussie Bro’. ♥

  30. I am okay, in Christ. Lots happening with my baby graduating yesterday. Now, they’re all in university, working through the next step in life. It’s very strange, the day after, to have no more “children.” Young adults making their way in this world… Lots of prayers still needed. 😕

    It’s my facebook avatar, based upon the ‘old’ one.

    How are you? Need to go read what you’ve been posting…

    ♥ U2!

    ~Michelle

  31. This chorus was quite popular at bible camp many many years ago and I would appreciate if you could sent me the lyrics as no one I’ve asked seems to remember. Thank you.

  32. Oops, I am referring to rhe soap box chorus. Thanks to anyone who can provide the words.

  33. I don’t have the music anymore, Judy. I can’t find the words on google, either. The chorus is all I remember… I will ask Kari and see if she still has the music. Thanks for commenting. 😀

  34. I asked Kari, Judy, and she doesn’t have it either, but her mom might. The search is on. I can’t believe it’s not somewhere in this vast vapor of computer clouds… sigh.

  35. That’s ok Michelle, and thanks for trying but you can call off the search if it gets too complicated. I am over 50 hence the reason it may not be familiar to the younger generation.Thanks again.

  36. Me too, Judy…being over 50. No response yet… I’ll post here if I ever hear anything. So many old songs just don’t get sung much anymore…kinna sad.

  37. You, are a remarkable woman. Beyond the benchmarks of what most would consider the norm. Your true heart, soul and words of life measured only by the One. I for one, love you, remarkable woman.

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