I’m having trouble moving past this…

I wrote this a year ago. Still, I just can’t seem to move past this passage without feeling it all over again… The rich young ruler walked away, sorrowful, but unwilling to part with his great possessions to follow Jesus.(Luke 18) I’ve wondered again and again if I’m holding anything too tightly or counting onContinue reading “I’m having trouble moving past this…”

Two criminals. Which one are you?

Those two criminals.Bleeding.Bruised.Guilty. In the Savior’s final moments, one criminal hung on each side of Him. Those two represent all of us.We are each likeoneor the otherof them. It’s no accident, this true picture. There they were.So close to Jesus.Can you imagine? They both knew who He was.But only one of them would be saved.Continue reading “Two criminals. Which one are you?”

Have you denied Jesus?

We’ve all been offered Jesus. We’ve been offered His saving blood, His forgiveness, eternity with Him. (John 3:16) He came. He died. He stands with open arms ready to save all who will call on His Name to forgive their sins and cleanse them from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) He is the way, theContinue reading “Have you denied Jesus?”

Is God mercifully shaking us?

The truth is, you can recognize God to be God, you can find Him to be useful, helpful, and even worthy of praise… and still proudly refuse His rule in your life. Daniel’s three friends emerged from the fiery furnace unscathed, and the astonished Nebuchadnezzar is a fan of their God once again. King NebuchadnezzarContinue reading “Is God mercifully shaking us?”

“My god” always agrees with me

Daniel supernaturally described Nebuchadnezzar‘s dream down to the toes of the image Nebuchadnezzar had seen, and then Daniel interprets all that the dream meant. He tells Nebuchadnezzar that the dream and its meaning had been revealed to him by God. (Daniel 2:27-49) Before we talk about the dream itself, let’s think about Nebuchadnezzar’s reaction. NebuchadnezzarContinue reading ““My god” always agrees with me”

Why are so many young adults walking away?

Many young adults are walking away from the church–deciding the world has so much more to offer. Why? Why are so many young adults deciding Jesus really isn’t for them? Perhaps they are willing to “sell Him so cheaply” because they also bought into Him so cheaply. Have we failed a generation by entertaining themContinue reading “Why are so many young adults walking away?”

Oh friend, hold on in these hard days!

Almost since time began, people have been rejecting the ways of God. They have listened to lies of the evil one and gone their own way. They killed the prophets God sent to warn them of trouble and judgment. Shortly before His death, Jesus tells the parable of the vineyard owner who sent his servantsContinue reading “Oh friend, hold on in these hard days!”

Joyful Dependence

Over and over in Scripture…but also over and over in my lifeand the lives of others I observe….Jesus goes out of His way to take us through circumstances, to get through thick heads, like mine,that weABSOLUTELY CAN’Tdo thingsin our own strength. We can’t.We weren’t made to do so. We were made forJOYFUL DEPENDENCEon the ROCKContinue reading “Joyful Dependence”

Be careful! Don’t hold your donkey too tightly!

One week before His crucifixion, Jesus prepares to enter Jerusalem. He sends His disciples ahead to get the donkey he will ride. (Luke 19:28-34) They walk into town, untie the donkey, that did not belong to them, and when the owners question, they merely say the words Jesus had told them to say,”Because the LordContinue reading “Be careful! Don’t hold your donkey too tightly!”

I’m having trouble moving past this

I just can’t seem to move past this passage. The rich young ruler walked away, sorrowful, but unwilling to part with his great possessions to follow Jesus.(Luke 18) I’ve wondered again and again if I’m holding anything too tightly or counting on anything more than I count on Jesus. Jesus explains to His disciples howContinue reading “I’m having trouble moving past this”

I’ve seen it over and over

I’ve seen it over and over. Have you? There is blessing for those who trust in God. They stand on the solid Rock, Who is Christ Jesus. God’s promises are their anchor. Jesus calms their storms. Though the world around them may be shaken, they are curiously steady. Steady. Though others fall away to theContinue reading “I’ve seen it over and over”