Liked from Afar

No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. (Acts 5:13 NIV) In Acts chapter 5, we learn that sometimes people won’t join your circle not because they don’t like you, but because they’re afraid of what a relationship with you will cost them. After Peter called out AnaniasContinue reading “Liked from Afar”

Behold His Salvation

“For my eyes have seen Your Salvation.” (Luke 2:30 AMP) God had revealed to Simeon, a man whom Scripture describes as “righteous and devout…[who was] looking for the Consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him…that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed)” (Luke 2:25-26).Continue reading “Behold His Salvation”

Staying Close to Jesus

After the celebration was over, they started home to Nazareth, but Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents didn’t miss him at first, because they assumed he was among the other travelers. But when he didn’t show up that evening, they started looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they couldn’t find him,Continue reading “Staying Close to Jesus”

Nothing Will Do

So Abraham said, “If they won’t pay attention to Moses and the prophets, they won’t listen even to someone who comes back from the dead.” (Luke 16:31 CEV) I once thought that knowledgeable preachers were capable of convincing many people to follow Christ, but as they themselves testify, that isn’t always the case. In LukeContinue reading “Nothing Will Do”