Faith In Jesus

“They said to him, ‘What must we do to perform the works of God?’ Jesus answered them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.’”    (John 6:28-29) The crowd wanted to know what “works” they needed to do to get right with God. Instead of giving them …

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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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Our Home Is With God

“Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, ‘Jesus, son of Joseph from Nazareth.’ Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’” (John 1:45-46) Jesus came from a small town. Nazareth had no recognized academy, no noteworthy buildings, …

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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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God Calling Us Into Service

“Then there came a voice to him that said, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’ He answered, ‘I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left…’”   (1 Kg. 19:13-14) When …

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Live Bigger, Better, Brighter, and Bolder Lives for Jesus

“Jesus asked them, ‘Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way, they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did.’”   (Luke 13:2-3) We need to hear Jesus’ words to repent in today’s passage in an ultimate way—that is, …

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Honoring the Sacrifice Jesus Made for Us

Jesus said, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death; then they will hand him over to the Gentiles; they will mock him, and spit upon him, and flog him, and kill him….”  …

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Jesus’ Love Never Wavers

When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, ‘He is worthy of having you do this for him, for he loves our people, and it is he who builds our synagogue for us.’  And Jesus went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to …

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