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 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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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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Take Your Doubts and Struggles to God

“When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. At three o’clock, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’”  (Mark 15:33-34) During the first semester of my senior year in college, I decided to …

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Bring All People Into God’s Saving Embrace

“As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ And immediately, they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little further, he …

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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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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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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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