Monthly Archives: February 2018

Be reconciled

Matthew 5:21-25, Genesis 32:1-20 People argue over the darnedest things. Once, two friends nearly came to blows over a slice of pizza. Serving their plates, one fellow took three slices while the other took only two. The one who took … Continue reading

Posted in Forgiveness

Because he lives

John 11:20-44 One Sunday morning, a teacher showed her Sunday school class a picture of famous people gathered around God’s table in heaven. The teacher asked them, “Where are you in this picture?” The children were puzzled. Finally, a child … Continue reading

Posted in Faith

Whoever loves God

1 John 5:1–12, John 15:1-10 In one of his songs, Christian singer and songwriter Steve Bell points out; “Whoever loves God loves all that God loves. Think about that.” Truly, think about it. As Christians we learn from scripture that … Continue reading

Posted in Devotions

The Father’s good pleasure

Luke 11:1-13 As it is with most fathers, I have gotten used to the fact that when my kids call, it’s not long before the conversation gets to the point when money becomes involved. I can usually tell when the … Continue reading

Posted in Prayer

In the end

Luke 21:5-19, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Alongside the road there is an old VW van with a sign propped up against it; “Repent, the end is near!” The car in front of you in traffic has a bumper sticker warning that, … Continue reading

Posted in Faith, Repentance

The power to preach

Acts 8:1-13 Following the martyrdom of Stephen, Scripture tells us persecution arose against the Church. A great number of Christians were thrown into prison for their alleged blasphemy, while others, including Saul the Pharisee, stood by in approval. He too … Continue reading

Posted in Evangelism, Mission

Can you drink the cup

Matthew 20:17-28, Romans 5:1-11 Along the way to Jerusalem, the mother of James and John requested that her sons be given places of honor next to Jesus’ throne. Jesus looked at the two disciples and put forth his own question; … Continue reading

Posted in Discipleship

Content to serve

Matthew 13:36-43, 1 Timothy 6:6-21 Songwriter Harry Chapin spun a tale of a man named Mr. Tanner, a dry cleaner who loved his work. He was content with his work and loved his customers. Tanner was also a baritone who … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Living

Share the good news

Acts 4:18-33 It is no secret; Jesus came into this world to save people from their sins. He lived a life without sin and endured the pain of crucifixion, dying for the sake of God’s people. He then was raised … Continue reading

Posted in Evangelism

Hear God’s Word

Matthew 13:1-9, Leviticus 26:1-20, 1 Timothy 2:1-6 I am amazed by people who solve math problems with relative ease. Math is not my forte; I do not have a head for numbers. In the classroom, I needed to concentrate on … Continue reading

Posted in Discipleship