SINCE LAST SEPTEMBER, I’ve been a discussion leader in the Alpha evangelism program on Thursday nights at our church. It’s an international program that’s been around since 1990. You probably know about it. Each night participants streamed into the auditorium and made their way to their tables. Well, not all of them streamed-in. There were … Continue reading Gray-haired Heroes of Faith
Spiritually speaking, the only thing we have in suffering is what we bring with us. In other words, we must cultivate a strong and loving relationship with God before we are stressed, pressed, or transgressed.
The phrase "Intimacy with God" falls awkwardly upon our modern ears. It shouldn't because it reflects the perfect relationship Jesus won the right for us to have with God, and it is the profound relationship that He prayed for us to have, in John 17:20-23 (NAS): I do not ask on behalf of these alone, … Continue reading Intimacy with God
Leo the Great, best known for persuading Attila the Hun to stop invading Italy in A.D. 452, penned the most succinct and profound explanation of how the divine and human natures of Christ worked to reconcile us to God.i This is a timeless must read: “Lowliness is assured by majesty, weakness by power, mortality by eternity. To pay the debt … Continue reading Truly God, Truly Man, Risen Savior!
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
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
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
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
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