Holy Wednesday

[Note: This week I will be chronicling the events of Holy Week with a short devotion each day.] Bethany was astir. People were talking. Why wouldn’t they? After all, not long before Holy Week, Jesus showed the world his power over death by raising his friend Lazarus from a tomb in Bethany. A week before […]

It’s the End of the World as We Know It

[Note: This week I will be chronicling the events of Holy Week with a short devotion each day.] It is Tuesday morning and Jesus returns to Jerusalem with his disciples. As they pass the withered fig tree, Jesus reminds them of the importance of faith. They’re going to need it in a couple of days! […]

Authority and Power

The ekklesia had an inauspicious beginning: They were hiding in the upper room. True, they were praying, but I bet there was no small measure of fear in their group. Luke doesn’t mention their fear, but I think we can assume it was there. A conspiracy against this band of disciples reached the highest positions […]

Week of Thanksgiving

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6) This is one of my favorite verses in one of my favorite passages of Scripture…and probably never more relevant than today! We are all learning a new vocabulary, aren’t we? COVID-19, Corona Virus, […]

Time and Money

“Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.“ […]

God Is Listening—Tell Him What You Want (1 Tim. 2:1-3)

Much worry in our lives needs to be and can be replaced by prayer: “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6-7).

Life without Safety Goggles

“In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.” (Judges 17:6, NIV) I opened the sports page this morning and saw that the Houston Astros won the American League Divisional Series, sweeping the Cleveland Indians.  That wasn’t what caught my attention. It was the accompanying photo.  The photo showed a typical […]

Devotion to Prayer and to Each Other (Col. 4)

I’m dealing with several issues today that require more wisdom, maturity, and insight than I have. As Paul said, “Who is adequate for these things?” (2 Cor. 2:16) … Then I opened today’s chapter, and God showed me three things I can do to make it easier for Him to meet me in these places of need…

Praying for Revival

“To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that […]

Forgiving Others Ain’t Easy

“The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.“ (Luke 17:5-6, NIV) We just love that verse, don’t we?!  The disciples utter a beautiful […]

How to Pray

““This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…” (Matthew 6:9, NIV) We started a new sermon series last week and we’re looking at the spiritual disciplines Jesus taught his disciples. One of the more important ones is prayer. When Jesus was asked by one of the twelve: […]

Always Pray and Never Give Up

“…always pray and not give up.“ (Luke 18:1, NIV) In our sermon series, Action Heroes, we will meet the Shunnamite woman in 2 Kings 4 this week.  Give it a quick read – it’s a great story and she’s a real firecracker. [Spoiler Alert!] Her son dies and she wants Elisha to resurrect him…so she […]