Love for All

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35 NIV) I admired many things about my grandmother, especially her ability to love everyone. When close friends, who had never met her, came to pay their respects after her funeral and saw the slideshow of her beautiful life,Continue reading “Love for All”

More Than Royalty and Romance

“Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14 NLT) God had greater things in mind for Esther than just royalty and romance. He used her to save the lives of her Jewish people when she realized her purpose in life. We find a similar pattern inContinue reading “More Than Royalty and Romance”

Forgiveness is the Power of Love!

While waiting for the traffic light to change, I couldn’t help but notice the following message on the rear window of the car across from us: “Forgiveness is the power of love!” It was a simple yet awesome reminder not only of the power of God’s love for us that manifests itself through His forgiveness,Continue reading “Forgiveness is the Power of Love!”

Excuse Me for the Inconvenience

A few days later Felix and his wife, Drusilla, who was Jewish, sent for Paul and listened to him talk about a life of believing in Jesus Christ. As Paul continued to insist on right relations with God and his people, about a life of moral discipline and the coming Judgment, Felix felt things gettingContinue reading “Excuse Me for the Inconvenience”

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”