Partying With Jesus

“For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’”    (Matthew 11:18-19) Jesus partied. He knew how to have a blast. He wasn’t a killjoy or …

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God’s Extravagant Love and Grace

The wine steward said, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.”    (John 2:10) Just as Jesus saved the wedding festivities for that young couple long ago in Cana, so He can do the same in …

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Keeping God at the Center of our Lives

“Then they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves, and he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the …

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Trust That You Are Loved

“… for we walk by faith, not by sight.”    (2 Cor. 5:7) For Christmas, several years ago, someone gave me the book, Proof of Heaven by Dr. Eben Alexander. In this book, he describes having a near-death experience while being in a coma. Before this experience, Dr. Alexander wasn’t a person of faith. While …

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Jesus Comes to Us Now

Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.   (John 21:4) Jesus has been raised from the dead. Sometimes He’s with the disciples, sometimes He’s not. Where Jesus goes or when He will return, they don’t know. They couldn’t pin down the comings and goings of …

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God’s Messengers and Angels

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.   (Hebrews 13:2) Lisa started showing up at our Sunday soup kitchen with her two kids. Six months later, she started joining us for worship. The community soon adopted her and her children because they needed help. …

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Resting Upon the Grace of Jesus

For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation…    (Romans 1:16) Not many things are more traumatic than feeling ashamed. Ashamed for something we did or didn’t do. Ashamed of being exposed or failing. Ashamed of our past or our present. Ashamed of our bodies or our …

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Jesus and Our Special Olympics

Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.   (Hebrews 12:12) Have you ever seen the video clip of a Special Olympics race from several years ago about all the kids …

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Be Strong Enough To Admit When You’re Not

Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.’   (2 Cor. 12:8-9) “Jim, if there is anyone who can survive and carry on after losing a child, it is you because of …

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