It’s coming from all directions today. A church member has two sister-in-laws in the hospital in different parts of the country, and he’s trying to comfort both of his siblings, who are hurting. This is just one of many things hitting him in the past few months. An ESL volunteer needs prayer for work, as … More We all need prayer
I am very appreciative for the ministry of Ravi Zacharias and his team. They are on the front lines for the Gospel in college campuses in this country and in so many places in this world. I see their work expressed in this word by Paul to the church in Corinth: We demolish arguments and … More Where it all makes sense
Read John 14:1-13. The times had been full of confusion and fear. Attacks were coming from all sides, so it was time for a discipleship retreat. Yet, even as they began their time together, Judas had suddenly rushed out, and Jesus told Peter he would disown him three times. The disciples needed to hear words … More What if I ask wrongly?
A song was running through my mind tonight. It shows my age: When you’re weary, feeling small When tears are in your eyes, I’ll dry them all (all) I’m on your side, oh, when times get rough And friends just can’t be found Like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down Like … More When you’re weary
Read John 13:1-17. He loved those twelve men. They ate, slept, walked, and even fished together. Three years in an intense mentoring relationship. He couldn’t help but love them; he had chosen them, after all. It didn’t mean, however, that they were easy to love. How many times had he shown his exasperation with their … More What if I find feet stinky?
Read John 12: 20-36. His time on earth was coming to an end. Those near him could sense the change in his tone of voice and somberness in his words. He was preparing them for the inevitable. Yet, people were still just wanting to get a glimpse of the man or to hear his voice; … More What if following is hard?
It comes every year, whether we want it to or not. While the stores are filled with bunnies and chocolates, there’s no way to ignore the underlying reason for the holiday. Church billboards and social media constantly flash the message: He is Risen! You don’t have to enter a church to be confronted the question: … More What’s your response to Easter?
With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all. (Acts 4:33) I consider myself very fortunate. I didn’t realize it until tonight. We were having our Wednesday evening prayer time at church — where we actually pray. As I bowed my … More It’s not the date that matters
Read John 11:1-16. The sisters had sent him word; their brother, Lazarus was sick. It was important to let Jesus know. He was, after all, their friend, but he was also the one they knew who had the power to heal. But he didn’t go right away. He stayed another two whole days, before heading … More What if I stumble?
There’s a lot of free-flowing judgment happening in our country these days. Whether from talking heads on news broadcasts, editorials and opinion pieces in the papers, from “friends” on Facebook, or in the Twitter-sphere, it seems everyone is capable of pronouncing judgment on someone else. And the punishments can be severe. Even if the self-made … More When judgment comes