Six stone jars for the purifications of the Jews. What does that mean? They washed and they washed, using hundreds of gallons of water, but they could never be really purified. But Jesus took away their washing water and gave them wine, a sign of His grace – his over-abundant forgiveness.
It seems like a miracle that the first 4 disciples immediately left everything to follow Jesus. And because it seems like a miracle… we conclude that this doesn’t apply to us. We’re not called. We are not to follow Jesus in the same way. But look more closely. This was not the first time the […]
Why would Jesus need to be baptized? He was sinless! But he was baptized in order that he could stand in our place. And Paul says to the Romans that when we were baptized we stood in Jesus’ place. We were buried with him, and we now also share in his resurrection to new life.
We’ve all memorized the Lord’s Prayer. Practically everyone knows it. But did Jesus really intend for this to be the prayer we pray – or is the prayer that Jesus taught more than just a memory work assignment? The truth is, the Lord’s Prayer is a powerful gift that you have in your hands to […]
What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus? Disciples are imitators of their teacher. Jesus calls us to “take up our cross” just as he did. He calls us to live in him, as he lives in the Father, like vines that are connected to the branch. He calls us to listen to […]
Seems simple, doesn’t it? Talking with people is one of the first things we learn how to do. It’s so simple a child can do it. And yet, it is so powerful that it can change lives. It can change the world. And it is what Jesus calls us to do as we join him […]
We’re all very familiar with that phrase, “THIS is what happens when you don’t listen!” We heard that from our parents, from our teachers, from our spouse, and maybe from our boss. We know the consequences of a failure to listen, and so we try to at least pay enough attention to get the essential […]
The surest way to run out of gas is to be lost and going around in circles. When we don’t know our destination we cannot get to where we should be going. Jesus says that we cannot, we are unable, we have no power to follow him on our own. But where does our power […]
Because we have come to the Mountain of God and have met Jesus face to face (Heb.12), receiving his redemption, we rejoice to offer to God “acceptable worship.” But what is that? Hebrews 13 describes it. We get over ourselves and reach out in love to our brothers and sisters, to the stranger, to the […]
“Will those who are saved be few?” I wonder what answer you wish Jesus would give. Sometimes it seems that we would prefer to be among the few – the special. Our idolatry of our selves causes the church to be broken into little pieces, each one feeling like it will be among the few. […]
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