Do You Understand What You’re Reading?

Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” The man replied, “How can I, unless someone instructs me?” And he urged Philip to come up into the carriage and sit with him. (Acts 8:30-31 NLT) When a family member started to readContinue reading “Do You Understand What You’re Reading?”

Not of the World

I have told them your message. But the people of this world hate them, because they don’t belong to this world, just as I don’t… They don’t belong to this world, and neither do I.  (John 17:14, 16 CEV) Twice in His prayer, Jesus emphasizes the fact that His followers “don’t belong to this world,”Continue reading “Not of the World”

Will You Follow Him?

Jesus felt sorry for them and touched their eyes. Instantly they could see! Then they followed him.  (Matthew 20:34 NLT) After having their request granted, these formerly blind men could have chosen to go their own way, but instead they followed Jesus. It’s sad how after having their prayers answered, many people walk away fromContinue reading “Will You Follow Him?”

He Must Become Greater

“He must become greater; I must become less.” (John 3:30 NIV) “Then the mother of James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus with her sons. She knelt respectfully to ask a favor. “What is your request?” he asked. She replied, “In your Kingdom, please let my two sons sit in places ofContinue reading “He Must Become Greater”

Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain

 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. (Matthew 1:24 NIV) I don’t think we talk enough about Joseph’s sacrifice in the Christmas story. Joseph was a man who “was faithful to the law” (Matthew 1:19). He was pledged to be marriedContinue reading “Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain”

No More Silent Nights

“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.” (Hebrews 3:15 NIV) After 400 years of prophetic silence, the Word who was with God, and was God, became flesh and dwelt with the world He had created (John 1:1-2, 14). So imagine Israel’s joy when God finallyContinue reading “No More Silent Nights”

Be the Temple of God

Then the people of Israel—the priests, the Levites and the rest of the exiles—celebrated the dedication of the house of God with joy.  (Ezra 6:16 NIV) For many years, God’s people longed to build Him a place to dwell in and many times He reminded them that He could not be confined to a place.Continue reading “Be the Temple of God”