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.
Today we witnessed an ancient rite of the Christian church: baptism. Some things in our experience seem to continue indefinitely, as if they always have been and always will be. I'm here to remind you most things do not continue indefinitely, and some things as we know them will soon be discontinued.
One day soon there will be no more baptisms. That's right; everyone will have decided where they stand morally. Somebody--maybe somebody who is now alive--will be the very last person on planet earth to be baptized.
Everyone gets to decide who they will be. We don't get to pick our eye color or our sex or our height. Those things are morally indifferent; they are situational. God has left it to us to choose who we will be. Will I be an unselfish person or something else?
While we aren't...Read more...
The Desire of God
And when the hour was come, He sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him. And He said to them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: for I say to you I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God shall come (Luke 22:14-17).
Talk to Me
Most people in America today have a cell phone. When I preached in Africa in 2016, cell phones were common. We are so connected, yet lonelier than ever before.
Some people insist that they can't find God. They look for God high and far away, but they might be having trouble finding Him precisely because they do not look low enough. He is very near.
How do you get to know God? You listen to Him. You talk to Him. In a world filled with alerts and notifications, ads and commercials, how do we draw near to the infinite One?
It's easy. He says just talk to Me.Read more...