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 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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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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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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Traveling With Jesus

Jesus said, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money—not even an extra tunic.” (Luke 9:3) When many of us travel, we try to get as much as possible in our suitcases. We do so because we don’t want to be caught with the wrong or not enough clothes at …

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