The Demand of the Disciple

With huge crowds gathering around, Jesus does the politically and culturally unthinkable. Read carefully from Luke 14:26: If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Talk…

Who’s At Your Side?

Somewhere along the pathway of an adventurous life, King David stopped and penned a handful of resolutions that every believer would be wise to follow. Known for centuries as Psalm 101, these several commitments force the soul to focus on things like worship, justice, how to get along with a…

“Walk By the Spirit!”

As the Apostle Paul brings closure to his thoughts regarding love being supreme over and above the fleshly extremes of license and law, he raises a tension regarding how to ensure this love will prevail. Galatians 5:16 and following resolve this tension with profound clarity, and the resolution is the…

Reflections on Suffering

The great Apostle Peter once wrote, "Therefore, let those who suffer according to God's will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good" (1 Peter 4:19). Clearly Peter understood two very important things: when we do the will of God suffering may come (contrary to the whole health…

The Risk of Moving Forward

"Forward!" is the watchword of the spiritual life, a movement toward a destination that seems so incredibly elusive, but one into which we will step when it does in fact materialize. But "Forward!" is incredibly frightening. It can be costly. It requires change. It requires patience. It requires determination. It…

Witness . . . to the World

Forty days had passed since the Lord Jesus rose from the dead and walked out of a borrowed tomb into the bright morning sunshine of Jerusalem. Now the time had come for him to return to his Father---his return commonly known as the Ascension. Being that Jesus would be returning…
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