Another weekend is here, and once again I am overwhelmed by my to-do list. There are so many things to get done, and I am praying for Spirit-filled productivity so that I can get to them all. I keep finding myself back on the hamster wheel, running in circles but getting nowhere! God provides us with … Continue reading Number Your Days … Budget Your Time
For You, God, tested us; You refined us as silver is refined...we went through the fire and water, but You brought us out to abundance. - Psalm 66:10,12 CSB What if we started to think about how the struggles we go through are refining us? In our sin nature, we were born with impurities that … Continue reading Refined by our trials
John 8:12-59 Jesus spoke with power and wisdom. He performed many miracles. He beckoned people to follow Him. Yet many people still did not understand that He was the promised Messiah. “That is why I said that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I AM who I claim to be, … Continue reading Every Knee Will Bow
Do you ever notice how easy it is to take your eyes off of Jesus? Life comes at you and all the things popping up in your peripheral capture your attention and fix your eyes on your circumstance rather than your Savior. Now your whole attitude changes! You become worried and fearful; angry and resentful, … Continue reading Focus on Jesus!
John 8:1-11 Jesus continued teaching, people continued to listen, and the Pharisees continued in their quest to get rid of Him. On one occasion, while Jesus was teaching in the Temple complex, the Pharisees came to Him with a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. In their holier-than-thou way, they thrust … Continue reading Trajectory Change
John 7:31-53 The more the Jews started to believe in Jesus, the more desperate the Pharisees became. The Pharisees believed that they alone held the truth, but the “truth” they proclaimed had been warped over the generations. It had become a system of obtaining righteousness through works instead of looking to God for salvation. But … Continue reading Open the Bible!
John 7:10-30 After Jesus' brothers had left for the Festival of Tabernacles, Jesus decided to make His way to Jerusalem in secret so that He would not attract attention. The Jewish leaders were watching for Him and there was a lot of buzz about Him in the city streets as people whispered among themselves. But … Continue reading Who is Jesus?
John 7:1-9 Now that the heat was on and the religious leaders were intent on getting rid of Jesus, He stepped out of the public eye for a little while and avoided Judea. He knew that one day the time would come for Him to be handed over to them in order to fulfill what … Continue reading Just the Vessel
John 6:16-40 After Jesus miraculously fed the multitudes with just a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish, the crowds of people following Him continued to grow. People were anxious to see what He would do next and hoping for His miracles to extend to them. But Jesus told them that they were … Continue reading Jesus Satisfies the Hungry Soul