Read John 7:37-43. The tension was building in Jerusalem. People could not stop talking about Jesus and the teaching he espoused. They’d never heard anything like it, and they didn’t know what to make of it or the man. Finally, on the last day of the feast, he gave them an offer they couldn’t refuse: … More What if I’m not thirsty?
I’d never heard the phrase before, but it was perfect — “In it to win it!” No, I wasn’t watching a movie or game show. I was studying the Bible, of all things, with some youth in my church. This is a new class for me, but I’m having fun with the two or three … More In it to win it
Read John 7:14-24. Jesus didn’t listen to his brothers. They wanted him to go with them to Jerusalem for the feast, but not just for the feast. No, they wanted him to do his miracles there in order to attract more followers. They were clueless as to who he was, though the John puts it … More What if I don’t choose God’s will?
I took a beautiful drive out to my brother’s house today. He lives in the country. It was a wonderful, sun-shiny day, so I enjoyed the scenery as I headed out of town. On the way there, I marveled at the high level of the creek along the windy road; full after so many rainy … More Giving Him the Right of Way
I’ve heard it all my life — seen it embroidered. Bloom where you are planted. Some people take that as gospel, but I don’t think you’ll find it in the Bible. At least, not word for word. Yet, today, when I saw my new bulbs blooming in the small space by the back door of … More Bloom where you are planted
You never know when God is going to surprise you. I had a beautiful surprise today–in fact, it gave me such joy, I shed tears while at my desk at work. Today, through a simple forty-five second voice message, a dear sister refreshed my soul. She knew of Raouf’s love for the Libyan people. She … More Good news from a distant land
Read Luke 17:1-10. Sometimes, Jesus seems to say things that don’t necessarily connect. I can see why his disciples, without the benefit of the Holy Spirit, struggled. I sit over this passage and, with the Holy Spirit, don’t really want to accept it! But accept I must, because it’s from my Lord. He starts by … More What if I can’t forgive?
It’s really simple, and if you are like me this week, you received a major reminder of that in the announcement of a man’s death. His name was Billy Graham. What’s simple? The Gospel message. What have I done? Allowed Satan to complicate matters: It’s hard to share with certain people groups. People will not … More The Devil’s in the Complications
Read Luke 16:10-12. Jesus was telling his disciples a parable. It’s an unusual one about a manager who was getting fired for being wasteful. Before others learned of his demise, he cut deals with the owner’s clients in order to gain their favor. When his boss found out, he was actually impressed with his shrewdness. … More What if I can’t be trusted?
I debated accepting. After all, it was only ten minutes. Was it really worth the drive? As I thought about the invitation to drive to a small town church, I heard a voice reminding me: “Didn’t you ask me to expand your speaking opportunities this year? Maybe it’s more about making connections than speaking.” So, … More Nothing by chance