Bread of Life

“When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.” (Mark 6:34, NIV) Outside of Jesus’ resurrection, the only miracle recorded in all four Gospel accounts is Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000.  And of those accounts, only […]

Take Heart

“If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. Do you remember what I told you? […]

No Regrets

“So he got up and went to his father.” (Luke 15:20) The word regret carries the etymological idea of looking back to weep.  Repent means to regret to the point of amending one’s life.  Obviously, the difference is huge.  And the key is “change.” This Sunday we’re looking at the story Jesus told of the […]

“Is God Enough?” (2 Cor. 12:7-10)

When we begin to turn every petition over to God with full assurance that He will do what is best rather than what is desired – that’s when we settle into His peace. And the longer we walk with Him, the more often we thank Him that He hasn’t given us every dumb thing we’ve asked for.

Choking on Worry

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.“ (Philippians 4:6-7, NLT) Have you ever seen someone […]

Judas’ Cry for Help?

“When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them…and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.” (Luke 6:13, 16) In recent weeks, two celebrities ended their own lives (truth be told, I knew neither). Suicide is heart-breaking! The US Center for Disease Control claims that the suicide rate in our nation […]

The Taxman Cometh

“As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.“ (Matthew 9:9, NIV) A little boy goes to the grocery store and asks the clerk for a box of detergent: “I need it to wash […]

No, not Him!

“…But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”  (Luke 15:20, NIV) We all know that famous line from Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal Son.  The father receives the son back, […]

Get Back Out There!

Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.” (Isaiah 35:3-4, NIV) Had all you can take? Can’t lift one more burden? Worn out? At […]

Doing the Hard Work

“You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.“ (James 3:18, The Message) I really like that interpretation of James 3:18 from The Message because it stacks up […]

America’s “Self-Terrorism”

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not […]

God-Shaped Holes

““My people have committed a compound sin: they’ve walked out on me, the fountain of fresh flowing waters, and then dug cisterns— cisterns that leak, cisterns that are no better than sieves. “ (Jeremiah 2:13, The Message) Blaise Pascal famously said that we humans were created with a God-shaped hole in our souls. This longing/desire […]