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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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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Running on Empty

“When the wine steward tasted the water that had become wine and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But …

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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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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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Grace is Given as a Gift

“And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’” (Matthew 20:11-12) You can probably remember saying as a child, “That’s not fair.”  Your friend got to do …

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Clothe Yourselves With Love

“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.” (Col. 3:12) I’ve recently been encouraging my brother Andrew to clean out his closet—enough, I said, with ripped sweatshirts, ratty clothes, and threadbare shirts that embarrass his family. In full disclosure, I must admit that I once had his …

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Jesus Gives Us a New Name

“He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas…’” (John 1:42) The name Cephas means Peter. The name Peter means Rock. Jesus looks at Simon and says he will be a rock. Was Jesus joking? During Jesus’ life, Peter was more …

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Jesus — Exorcist and Healer

Just then there was in the synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, ‘What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.’ But Jesus rebuked him, saying, ‘Be silent, and come out of him'  …

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