“…even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28, ESV) I have a confession. I like to be pampered and served. I enjoy going out to eat and having the wait staff cater to my desires. It makes me... Continue Reading →
“When many of his disciples heard it, they said, ‘This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?’ But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, ‘Do you take offense at this?’” (John 6:60-63, ESV) Jesus was not a social media mogul. He was not a celebrity... Continue Reading →
“I don’t want to go!” Standing in the kitchen, eyes fixed on each vehicle coming down the road, waiting for my ride, I almost couldn’t believe that those five little words popped into my head. My suitcase, carry-on and personal item bags were all carefully packed. My checklist had been checked and rechecked, nothing had... Continue Reading →
“But not that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.” (Romans 6:22 ESV) I had a dream where I was at a park which had a fig tree in the center. People who passed through that park... Continue Reading →
“And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep and led down your nets for a catch.’ And Simon answered, ‘Master, we have toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.’” (Luke 5:4-5 ESV). I mentioned last week that I’ve been... Continue Reading →
It will serve us well to remember that the Holy Spirit will never lead us away from the Word. The Spirit and the Word are forever aligned.
“And I said: ‘Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!’ Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning... Continue Reading →
“O LORD, I call upon you; hasten to me! Give ear to my voice when I call to you! Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice! Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!” (Psalms 141:1-3, ESV)