I have met many who have lost their appreciation for life. They’ve traded their ability to live freely, to love, and to laugh, for reactions, repressions, and denials. Some folks, hurt by love, have discarded love forever; it bears too much pain. Others, worn down by oppressive relationships, jobs or circumstances, have given themselves over […]
This is the oft-misunderstood story of Magic Simon. Simon was a something of a wizard, a conjurer in Samaria, as we read in Acts 8. He astonished people with his tricks and his words. He held audiences captive and became a great celebrity over his years there. He had status and money and grew to […]
Jesus’ great prayer for His own is what we find in John 17. This was a major moment in a night like no other on earth. The disciples’ Passover time with their Rabbi began ordinarily enough. They ate the supper as these Jewish believers had done since their childhood. They remembered another night like no […]
The Lord delights in our delight to do His Will, responding to His Love and not to fear of what might happen if we don't do what He asks! Therefore, although He has the right to demand the yielding of our lives to Him, He instead woos us into willingly, whole-heartedly yielding them to Him, giving Him the right to do whatsoever He desires with them.
Jesus has His place in glory. He went up. It must have been such a sight to see. He was speaking to these faithful followers, gathered on the Mount of Olives. His feet left the earth and He rose through clouds. Away went the Son, the Savior, the Christ of God. Gone, He was — […]
Ephesians 2:7 “So that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Kindness? “And behold, a woman of the city…” Luke 7:37-50 explains this “kindness.” “And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining […]