Archives for Year: 2019

Work It Out Between the Two of You

July 9, 2019

Read: Matthew 18:15-20 “If a fellow believer hurts you, go and tell him—work it out between the two of you. If he listens, you’ve made a friend. If he won’t listen, take one or two others along so that the presence of witnesses will keep things honest, and try again. If he still won’t listen, […]

God’s Favorite and Most Repeated Word

June 4, 2019

Midway through a tactful explanation aimed at preventing misunderstanding among the Corinthians, a single word acts as a trigger to Paul’s exuberance in ministry. He is grammatically plodding along, putting his verbs and nouns in proper order; then suddenly one word quickens the pace. That word is yes. When Silas and Timothy and I proclaimed […]

Seeing God Wherever You Go

May 20, 2019

As the dust settled around Job, a tragedy confronted him. And when he needed God most, Job wondered why God seemed so elusive. Yet Job didn’t question whether God existed. He only wondered why he couldn’t find him. “Somehow, though he moves right in front of me, I don’t see him; quietly but surely he’s […]

Imagine This Letter is About You

May 15, 2019

In the first century, in the city of Colosse in Asia Minor, there lived a well-to-do man named Philemon, a family man with slaves and a house that served as the regular meeting place for a church. Paul met Philemon on one of his missionary journeys and discipled him when he became a Christian. Philemon […]

Have You Quit Asking God for What You Need?

May 2, 2019

Persistent Faith. In Luke 18, the widow at prayer puts the weakest and least influential people on equal footing with the recognized power figures in society. Widows in the social structure in which Jesus lived were at the absolute bottom of authority and influence. They weren’t used to being listened to by anyone of rank. […]

We Start from Resurrection

April 16, 2019

The death of Jesus on the cross can be understood and accounted for easily enough on a physical and historical level. But the salvation Jesus accomplished on the cross cannot be. And it is this accomplished salvation, not a coroner’s autopsy of the death, that brings us back to the cross over and over again. […]

Strong Enough for This Demanding Life

March 25, 2019

Jesus was baptized, demonstrating him to be the beloved of God with the authority of God. We can only understand Jesus rightly by seeing him at this place of beginning, by seeing him in relation to God, not only as God’s child, but as his beloved child. Like him, we also are baptized. At the […]

Painting a Picture for Us

March 22, 2019

Ezekiel was in exile with his fellow Israelites. They were cut off from their temple, their farms, their relatives, their friends. They were surrounded by an alien way of life and taunted by their captors. Is there anything worse than feeling hopeless? The feelings these people experienced are described in Ezekiel 37, and they are […]

We’ll Stay With It

March 20, 2019

“We’re not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We’ll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way.” Read Hebrews 10 from The Message. >> Is there an area of your life that feels hard at the moment? March is a month that shines a spotlight on faithfulness. Even the word march sparks visions of […]

A Power We Can Know and Trust

February 25, 2019

Isaiah confronted the people’s idea that God’s power had shrunk and withered. They felt overwhelmed by a world that was too big for them and their God. They were far from their homeland, but in two generations they had come to terms with their conquerors. Now there were rumors of a new power rising in […]