Emmanuel: God is With Us

Christmas is the celebration of “God with us” in Christ, through the miracle of the Incarnation. The action of God seeking and being with His people, is the overarching theme of the Bible. Christ with us is the reason for the season. In the Garden, God was with us… Then the man and his wife … Continue reading Emmanuel: God is With Us

Is Self-forgiveness Biblical?

Is God’s forgiveness enough, or does complete forgiveness require self-forgiveness? The biblical answer is: “God's forgiveness completely absolves us of our sin.” Self-forgiveness, is not a biblical concept. However, our emotions are quite real and we must distinguish between the efficacy of God’s forgiveness of sin and the management of our grief and self-condemnation. We … Continue reading Is Self-forgiveness Biblical?

The Word Became Jesus!

If all the words we ever spoke became embodied in a new human being, what would that person be like? They would look different from us, but they would be an exact representation of us. Imagine: all the good words, all the comforting words, all the encouraging words, and all the other words standing in … Continue reading The Word Became Jesus!

Get up, and Walk! – John 5

A multitude (NAS), or a large number (NIV),  of sick would lay around the pool called Bethesda — waiting. Apparently, when the angel of the Lord stirred up the water, the first one in was healed... Recently, a news article reported that archaeologists had identified the remains of this pool. Up until that time, the pool was thought … Continue reading Get up, and Walk! – John 5

Pleading for a Miracle – John 4:30-54

The son of one of Herod’s royal officials was close to death. The official traveled 18 miles up to Cana in the hope of successfully pleading with Jesus to return with him to Capernaum to heal his son.... His father was desperate. The boy’s life depended upon Jesus to act. Jesus, however, simply said, “Go, … Continue reading Pleading for a Miracle – John 4:30-54

Living Water – John 4:1-29

People die without water. When someone is far beyond thirsty, a glass of water is worth more to them than all the world’s gold. At age 16, I got heat stroke in Florida...after fishing all day in the hot sun because I forgot to bring drinking water. That was just a single day. Water is … Continue reading Living Water – John 4:1-29

I Must Decrease – John 3:22-36

John the Baptist was a humble guy, but some of John’s followers became jealous when some others began to follow Jesus. They didn’t like the competition. John, on the other hand, was full of joy to see some of his followers move their allegiance to Jesus. He recognized that his assignment, to announce the arrival … Continue reading I Must Decrease – John 3:22-36

From Death to Life – John 3:1-21

God the Father sent us His One and Only Son, so that through our faith in Jesus Christ, we could be born again by the Holy Spirit. We who believe in Him, have turned from the darkness of this world’s lies to the light and glory of Christ’s truth. We have moved from death to life. … Continue reading From Death to Life – John 3:1-21

The Best Wine for Last – John 2:1-11 (updated)

The miracle of water into wine was, according the Apostle John, a ‘sign’. Was it a sign that Jesus cared about weddings? He does, but there’s a lot more going on here than catering a wedding. When John designates a miracle as a sign, he’s stating that that act, in particular, displays the glory of … Continue reading The Best Wine for Last – John 2:1-11 (updated)