I Am Stubborn When…

Recently Carrie and I participated in a gathering in which we were asked to “complete the following sentences.” One of the sentences began, “I am stubborn when…” I wrote my answer. Then I asked Carrie what she wrote. We had the same answer, “I am stubborn when I am right.” Haha! The problem is when both of us think we’re right! In 1 Corinthians Paul describes what love really looks like. One of the characteristics of love is: “[Love] does not insist on its own way…”‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:5‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Even when I… Read More

Someone is Praying for You

Jesus is praying for you right now. There’s nothing you are facing that is outside of his knowledge and compassion. I am praying for them… for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. (‭John‬ ‭17‬:‭9‬ ESV) Jesus came to earth as a Man, and was uniquely qualified to serve as our Prophet, Priest, and King. A prophet stands before people and speaks to them on behalf of God. A priest stands before God and talks to Him on behalf of the people. As our King Jesus exercises supreme sovereignty… Read More

Each Meal Is an Opportunity

Our fast-food society must rediscover the value of the covenant meal. Whereas many people think that each meal is all about the food, generations of our ancestors understood that meals were opportunities to enjoy and build relationships. Certainly ancient Jewish families understood the value of eating together. Paul wrote a letter to the church in Corinth, reminding them to not lose sight of the true value of the covenant meal. For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (‭1 Corinthians‬… Read More

When Truth Offends

At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him. (John 6:66 NLT) Truth divides. It confronts. It shows no favoritism. Truth is content to stand entirely alone – a pillar of strength. Jesus spoke the truth – He is, in fact, “the way, the TRUTH, and the life.” But on this occasion, when He spoke of humanity’s need to “eat of His flesh, and drink of His blood,” the resistance was palpable. Not just a few, but many people left Jesus that day never to return. Jesus did ministry… Read More