Jesus was never too weary or hungry to have a compassionate conversation. My last post was on Jesus’ compassion for the crowd. Let’s be honest–that’s not exactly a real-life scenario for most of us. How many of us are ever going to be in a position to feed 5000 people? Today let’s look at a far […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Crisis an an opportunity for a revival of the life of God. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how our lives change when we hit middle age. I, for one, have hit that point when I’ve realized I cannot have the life I wanted and imagined when I was in my 20s. Midlife is about realizing you have a […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Christ says “yes” to us every day. How can we say “yes” in return? We’ve been working our way through 2 Corinthians in the daily office, and last week we came to this passage: For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Last night our house group was meditating on John 10:11-18, where Jesus proclaims “I am the Good Shepherd.” Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
For many people Christmas is the high point of their year, but for me it’s Easter, or more accurately, Holy Week. At Christmas, Christ must share the attention due him with family, friends, shopping and decorating. During Holy Week, it’s all about him. At least, it’s supposed to be. For those of us in church […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I was reading a segment from With Christ in the School of Prayer this morning on the need for us to persist in prayer. Murray was discussing our need to continue asking for what we need…but I was reminded of Christ’s persistence. Sometimes from our perspective we are the ones standing and knocking, but always, if we stop […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I suffer from stage fright. I have for as long as I can remember–well, at least back to my days of violin lessons. One of the objectives of Suzuki method is to get children used to performing by frequent recitals starting at young ages. Since I started at age 9, maybe it was already too late for me. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
This fall, I’ve been tag-team-teaching an adult Sunday School class titled “Reclaiming Your First Love.” The title comes from Revelation 2:1-6 where Jesus is speaking to the church at Ephesus, which is largely positive, until he comes to the meat of the matter “But I have this against you: that you have abandoned the love […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
I’ve been teaching adult Sunday school this fall and we’ve been looking at things that will help us “return to our first love,” Jesus. So far we’ve talked about reclaiming our love of God’s Word, reclaiming God’s promises, and we just started in on learning to hear better from God. To do this, we’re back in the […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.