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Jesus said:
"I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children,
you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven."
Matthew 18:3.

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Luke's Gospel chapter 14, verses 25-35.


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Mother or God?

If someone wants to build a house and "he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone .. will ridicule him, saying, `This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.'" 1*.

Why did Jesus use this illustration when He was speaking to people who wanted to become His disciples?

I hope you know that it doesn't cost you anything to become a true Christian. To have your sins forgiven and be made a child of God is an absolutely free gift , but you need to claim it by faith in Jesus Christ. 2*. The cost of making this possible was fully paid by God's Son, Jesus Christ, by his death and resurrection for the sins of the world. 3*.

When a person chooses to trust in Jesus as his only Priest and Saviour it is very likely that most of the people around him will not share his new "faith". If family and friends have their faith in good works, or in the priests and sacraments of their religion, they will not want to believe that faith in Jesus is the only way to God. 4*. They will be offended because this "born-again Christian" doesn't trust in the priests and the sacraments and the religion that they love and respect. They may even become very angry and abusive towards the true Christian. 5*.

So, although it doesn't cost you to become a true Christian, it can cost you a lot to be a true Christian! Are you prepared to be a follower of Jesus even if it means offending family and friends; knowing that you might be treated unkindly and even despised by them? 6*.

Those who refuse to put their faith in Jesus Christ alone because it might offend family or friends are showing that they would rather offend and reject Jesus, the One who gave His life for them! 7*.

If you think that becoming a true Christian would be offensive to the religion of your mother and your family you have to decide which side you are going to offend - your mother or God?

That explains why Jesus said, "If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters - yes, even his own life - he cannot be My disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be My disciple." 8*.

For those who would rather offend the great God and Saviour it will most certainly be very costly! They will have to be "thrown out" by God, and will have to suffer His eternal judgment in Hell. 9*. That is a payment they will NEVER complete!

Jesus went on to suggest that His true followers would be like salt! Salt was used to keep meat from being ruined by decay. So, Jesus' followers, by speaking the truth in love, can help to prevent people's lives and souls from being ruined by false teachings. Salt was also used as seasoning to make food more desirable. And, the true Christians, by their "good living", can make true Christianity attractive and desirable to others. 10*.

Read Jesus' teachings about these things in Luke chapter 14, verses 25-35.

Thank you for opening and reading this "Good News Compage".
E-mail John at

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if you have any questions.

There will be a different message next week as we continue to browse through Luke's Gospel in the Holy Bible. Make Good News Compage one of your favourites and open it up each week for the updated message.

To read more of Luke's account of the life of Jesus turn to the Gospel of Luke in the Holy Bible.

Bye for now,


John Nixon, Ballincollig, Co.Cork, Ireland.


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Bible quotations from N.I.V.



1 Luke 14:28-30.
2 See Romans 3:21-26. Titus 3:4-7.
3 1st Peter 3:18.
4 John 14:6. Acts 4:12. Hebrews 7:24-27.
5 See Matthew 10:34-39.
6 See Matthew 5:10-12. 2nd Timothy 3:12.
7 Romans 5:6-8. 1st John 4:9-10.
8 Luke 14:26-27.
9 Luke 14:34-35. Revelation 20:11-15.
10See Matthew 5:13-16. Psalm 40:1-3.



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