February Reading from The Message

February 9, 2021

Life is far too complex to figure out by ourselves. God simplifies and shows us the direction to maturity. Throughout the book of Proverbs, God helps keep us on track. Here in Proverbs 2 we see how to make insight our priority… 1-5 Good friend, take to heart what I’m telling you; collect my counsels and […]

January Reading from The Message

January 4, 2021

You’re familiar with the Christmas story of Jesus’ birth. But here is the end of Luke 2, where Scripture highlights two faithful believers as they encounter the child at the temple… In Jerusalem at the time, there was a man, Simeon by name, a good man, a man who lived in the prayerful expectancy of […]

John: An Unhurried Gospel

November 20, 2019

Matthew, Mark, and Luke write like kayakers on a swiftly flowing river with occasional patches of white water. There’s never any doubt that they’re going where the course of the river takes them. But John is more like a canoe on a quiet lake, drifting unhurriedly, paddling leisurely to take in the sights along the […]

Eligible for God’s Help

September 18, 2019

If you look closely at the beginning of Psalm 34, you’ll find that it doesn’t say, “I am happy at all times,” but “I bless God every chance I get” (Psalm 34:1). These aren’t the words of a person whose moods are always ebullient; they’re the words of a person who has simply decided to […]