Receiving the Grace of Jesus

“Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.”   (John 12:3) The Christian life is about giving our time, support, service, and love. Many pieces of scripture encourage us to give. Even though all …

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Jesus Spoke with Common Sense

“Jesus said, ‘Make the people sit down.’ Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all.”   (John 6:10) Jesus had common sense. Although saying Jesus had common sense may seem to somehow diminish Him, that isn’t my intent. In today’s scripture, Jesus was looking …

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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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Seek First the Kingdom of God

“When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, ‘He has gone out of his mind.’”  (Mark 3:21) The folks who watched Jesus grow up, including even His own family, began to worry that Jesus was “off,” for it appeared like He had “gone out of his mind.” Initially, …

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Inviting Jesus Into Our Lives

“Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, ‘Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house…’” (Luke 19:8-9) The Romans would hire Jews …

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Jesus Gave His All For Us

“Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’”    (Mt. 16:24) Are you all in? Do you live with urgency, conviction, and purpose? Or do you dabble, hedge your bets, and play it safe? One of the most striking …

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Our Daily Chores With Jesus

“Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrapping lying there and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple who reached the tomb first also went in, and he …

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