Jesus Gives Us the “Basket” of His Love and Grace

“Jesus said, ‘Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.’ So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets.”   (John 6:12-13) A 6-year-old girl asked, “Didn’t Jesus eat lunch?” I said, “What you do mean? ”She …

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The Path Jesus Has Given to Us

“When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him a king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.”   (John 6:15) In today’s passage, the crowd wanted to draft, even force, Jesus into becoming their king. But Jesus wouldn’t be drafted or forced. Although many people thought …

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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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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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Jesus is Our Truth

Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’   (John 18:33) The Romans' guards have recently captured Jesus. His dearest friends have vanished. He has been betrayed, denied, insulted, and framed. He knows that death is next. Even though it may have looked like everything was …

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Building Up and Encouraging One Another

Therefore encourage one another and build up each other….  (1 Thes. 5:11) One of my most influential mentors was a man named Joel. For the first six months we worked together, I greatly looked forward to our meetings, but then I began to dread them. The format was always the same. We would meet for …

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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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Encourage One Another

Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.   (1 Thess. 5:11) She was a world-class athlete who had competed at the Iron Man championship in Hawaii—which is 2.4 miles swimming, 112 miles biking, and 26.2 miles running. I met her at the gym. If you sweat in close proximity …

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For Everything There Is A Season

For everything, there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance…   (Ecclesiastes 3:1,4) There’s much evidence in scripture that God speaks to people in their dreams. Five times in the first two chapters of Matthew, …

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