God did not show up when you did, or leave when you left

1 Corinthians 3:5–11 (ESV) What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who […]

Rearranging our Schedule for People

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. – Luke 19:10 The Gospels reveal a Jesus who is constantly rearranging his plans for people. He made time for children when His disciples said He had no time for children, (Mark 10:13–16). Jesus made time for a Pharisee in the middle […]

An Invitation and an Investment

Matthew 9:9 (ESV) As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. Matthew was actively participating in his crooked business when Jesus came and said, “Follow me.” therefore the only preparation we need to […]

Breaking the Vicious Cycle

John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. Have you ever felt stuck in a circle? They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. Maybe you’re struggling […]

Who is My Neighbor?

Luke 10:37 (ESV) He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.” Jesus says this right after He tells the infamous story of the Good Samaritan. It is a response to the question from a religious leader asking how he might be saved. Jesus responds essentially […]

We will Always Feel Indebted to Christ.

We will always feel indebted to Christ. John paints a picture through words in Revelation 4:10 (ESV) the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying. Many commentators suggest these elders are symbolic of redeemed […]

The Accessibility of Christ Vs The Inaccessibility of a Church

Isaiah 53:4 (ESV) Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. Throughout the gospels we see Jesus reveal a God that is accessible. Matthew 8:16 (ESV) says that evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out […]