Do Good. Work Miracles. Be Hated.

In Acts chapter four, we find a man completely lame for more than 40 years, begging daily for alms to survive. That’s a bummer. We also find Peter and John, who come to the temple door, see the lame man, and proclaim healing over him in the name of Jesus, and he is instantly healed.... Continue Reading →

Perceiving & Performing the Possible

“But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.” “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” they answered. (Mt 14:16-17) Isn’t this the common response of most of us to a situation of need? To size up the situation entirely on what is needed, and then compare it to what we have and […]

The Key to Success?

"And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” (Matt 3:16-17 NLT) Then a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my dearly loved Son. Listen to him." (Mark 9:7 NLT) The directive to "listen to him" was preceded by the affirmation of pleasure.... Continue Reading →

For His Glory I Am

"For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory." (Rom 11:36 NLT) All things come from Him. All things exist by His power. All things are intended for His glory. I need to remind myself from time to time that I am not the center of the universe. That... Continue Reading →

God Frustrated

"Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance" (Malachi 3:14) As I read through the book of Malachi I hear the voice of frustration and relational pain. I hear a God who is hurt. Frustrated. What the Lord was asking for was simply love. He... Continue Reading →

The Problem of Egypt

Lately I've been blessed reading a book by Nelson Dy, a Filipino author whose Finding Comfort is a wonderful set of contemplations based on his years of journaling. I've also been enjoying Steward Leader Meditations by author R. Scott Rodin. Both of these men are new personal acquaintances, and their writings and thoughts are a real blessing. Today... Continue Reading →

On Being Special

Pride feeds on special. It's hard to be special and humble at the same time. I once read that many ministers survive the big three temptations (lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, and the pride of life), only to be dashed to pieces on the merciless shores of... success. Does success make one seem special? Special is dangerous,... Continue Reading →

Discovering God

In Romans 4 we are asked what Abraham "discovered" about God and righteousness. Abraham did "discover" something about God's way of righteousness. I find it interesting that he was not simply told, trained, or sent some booklet that outlined what God expected. He "discovered" that God blesses faith, and does not credit righteousness to anyone based on their works. Besides the theology... Continue Reading →

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