John 5:16-47 When word got out that Jesus was the one who had the nerve to heal the lame man on the Sabbath, the Jews were not happy. The Pharisees had turned the Sabbath into a day when you should not lift a finger, even to do good. So instead of rejoicing in the miraculous … Continue reading Jesus – God’s Son on God’s Mission
(John 5:1-15) News about this man from Galilee who was changing lives continued to spread. The things He said and did were attracting the attention of everyone. There was something different about Jesus and people saw it even if they didn’t understand it. After Jesus’ life-changing encounter with the woman at the well and His … Continue reading Do you want to get well?
On the surface, the name “Good Friday” seems like a misnomer. To Jesus’ friends and followers, there was nothing good about that Friday. The week had started off well. On Sunday, Jesus had entered Jerusalem with a celebration and He spent the week proclaiming the message of His Kingdom to all who would listen. They … Continue reading Good Friday Reflections
If anyone tries to deny how incredible the grace of God is, just point them to the book of Judges. Over and over you see the Israelites turning away from God. Over and over you read, “Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord.” They just could not stay on track! They … Continue reading God won’t give up on you
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.” – Matthew 24:42 Jesus is coming back. And even though it may seem like it’s taking a long time, God has his own time table. The fact that he’s left us on earth to see another day just means there’s … Continue reading Will you be ready?
"Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." - John 4:13-14 We have some close family friends that live up on the top of … Continue reading Spring of eternal life
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. - Hebrews 12:1-2 I am not … Continue reading Run the Race
Goal setting... No matter what context, we seem to be regularly encouraged to set goals. You'll likely be asked more than once in your life, "What's your 5-year plan?" It seems a good idea to set goals. To give yourself something to strive for. Sometimes my goal can be as simple as getting my house … Continue reading Godly Goal Setting
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NIV) A popular verse, for sure. Many people know it. So why is this verse so well known? What does it tell us? Let's break it down. … Continue reading John 3:16
On the day that Jesus was crucified, he joined two criminals appropriately charged and sentenced to execution for the crimes they had committed. One of them saw their true self in the light of the righteous Savior hanging next to him. Humbly he cried out for Jesus to remember him. And Jesus replied, “I assure … Continue reading Invitation to Paradise