Monthly Archives: April 2015

John 15:1-8

  John 15:1-8 When Jesus says, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower,” it becomes clear that they are in a united relationship. God has become united in the One who is both divine and human for John. What becomes even… Continue reading

1 John 4:7-21

1 John 4:7-21 If newborn babies receive no meaningful human contact they will not fully matu1 John 4:7-21re. Family Systems’ study of leadership emphasizes the importance of meaningful relationships between the pastor and members of the congregation. It is vital that they stay connected. People… Continue reading

Psalm 22:25-31

  Psalm 22:25-31 Many of us heard these words from Jesus on the cross on Good Friday, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” The psalm is filled with the words of pain from persecution and the joy of knowing God’s saving acts… Continue reading

Acts 8:26-40

  Acts 8:26-40 In the book The Acts of the Apostles, the Holy Spirit is alive and active in almost every chapter. Why does the Spirit seem less active in our world today? A salesman was running through an airport to catch his flight. He… Continue reading

1 Corinthians 11:24

“This do in remembrance of me.” 1 Corinthians 11:24 It seems then, that Christians may forget Christ! There could be no need for this loving exhortation, if there were not a fearful supposition that our memories might prove treacherous. Nor is this a bare supposition:… Continue reading

“My Shepherd, You Supply My Need

“My Shepherd, You Supply My Need   My Shepherd, you supply my need; most holy is your name. In pastures fresh you make me feed, beside the living stream. You bring my wand’ring spirit back when I forsake your ways, and lead me, for your… Continue reading

John 10:11-18 # 2

John 10:11-18 Who are those other sheep? In what other fold? And how shall we come together? Perhaps those of us who care deeply about the gospel might get tied up in this. Jesus does not offer any explanation, and, in fact, takes responsibility for… Continue reading

Do You Worship The Work?

Do You Worship The Work? We are God’s fellow workers… —1 Corinthians 3:9 Beware of any work for God that causes or allows you to avoid concentrating on Him. A great number of Christian workers worship their work. The only concern of Christian workers should… Continue reading

1 John 3:16-24

1 John 3:16-24 How shall we love? Jesus gave himself for us, entering into time and space, taking the risk, though his “yes” to all would be too disruptive to abide. Indeed, it was hoped his death would snuff out this radical affection for each… Continue reading

Don’t Hurt the Lord

Don’t Hurt the Lord Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? —John 14:9 Our Lord must be repeatedly astounded at us— astounded at how “un-simple” we are. It is our own opinions that make us dense and… Continue reading