The Inconvenient Path
Christians are enthralled with Jesus. We love Him. He is merciful, kind, accepting, gracious, glorious, and relatable. He is God. He is also one of us. We are not gods but He came down to us to give us life. Talk about mysteries!
We come together with a purpose. We want to share what Jesus is like--who Jesus is--with others. In doing that we rub up against each other. Sometimes the sparks are good; sometimes off-putting.Read more...
Do you want to have your prayers answered? How often we come to God with unjustified expectations.
We come anticipating that He will bless what we claim we did for Him. But James' warning should cause us to question ourselves. Conditions are laid down for us:
Let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord (James 1:6-8).
Jesus in the Field of All Dreams
The first of the Ten Commandments is, "You shall have no other gods before Me" (Exodus 20:3). We are designed. We are worshipping creatures. It is built into us; fish swim, birds fly, people worship.
In the beginning God created "each according to its kind." The human kind is a worshipping kind.
This is who we are: air-breathing, spiritual creatures designed to be holy, designed to be godlike.Read more...
Could You Not Watch With Me One Hour?
Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, 'What? Could you not watch with Me one hour? (Matthew 26:40).
Think of the resilience of Jesus. He waits thousands of years, comes as a man, waits 30 more, finally begins that period of ministry, and after three and a half years permits Himself to be hauled away for crucifixion. All this patience, all this endurance for others--busy with their own lives, often indifferent to His salvation. Jesus had to die before they better understood His purpose for them.
But then they turned the world upside down.Read more...
Scaling the Heights
In 1996 Andy Harris was one of the leaders in an expedition to climb Mount Everest. Harris reached the summit but remained longer than planned. He became fatigued in the descent. At the top of Everest, even when you breath as deeply as you can, only a third as much oxygen is available. Harris radioed Base Camp about his emergency.Read more...
Overcoming with Jesus #3
Today, part 3 of 3 in "Overcoming with Jesus." Our passage is Matthew 4:8-11:
Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and he said to Him, 'All these things will I give you, if you will fall down and worship me.' Then Jesus said to him, 'Go, Satan! For it is written, "You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only."' Then the devil left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him.