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Jesus On The High Seas

You are likely familiar with the account in Mark’s gospel where Jesus calms the wind and the waves. It's night time. A storm whips up on the Sea of Galilee. The boats are being swamped. Jesus is asleep on a cushion. The disciples are afraid so they … More

Where Are You?

Where are you? At this stage in your life, where do you find yourself? Not your accomplishments, or your specific location, but where are "you?" Put another another way, where is your heart? I'm reading a great book by Fleming Rutledge. She notes, … More

Losing Dory?

Finding Dory

“Finding Dory” (2016). I went to this film with high expectations. After all, my 13-year-old son exclaimed that his best friend declared, “It was the best movie, EVER!” Plus, as a Pixar fan, I was happy to go. The film centers on Dory, the little … More

Jesus and The Flash Mob

Jesus

Have you ever wondered why all the folks were waving palm branches and shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David," as Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey? There are tons of reasons deeply embedded in Israel (e.g., is this the long-awaited rescuer who … More

An Amazing Response To A Bad Day

Paul & Silas

In the Book of Acts, the Apostle Paul and his entourage were traveling to the "place of prayer." While on the way, a servant girl began hounding them to the point that Paul rebuked her spirit of divination. The owners of the girl freaked out and … More

As For Me…

In a culture of self-reliance, personal achievement, and individual growth and success, I was struck by these simple words from King David (King of Jerusalem - 1040-970 BC). He writes (sings), As for me, I am poor and needy. Come quickly, oh God! You … More

Who Were Those Guys?

Jesus and paralytic

Who were the four guys that carried the paralytic on a mat to Jesus? They obviously had heard of Jesus. They knew right where he was, but the crowds were swarming like bees and they couldn't enter the house. They were clearly bold, smart, and … More

Whoever Is Not With Me Is Against Me

Jesus, Matt 12

Can you imagine if I answered an argument with, "Hey man, if you're not with me, you're against me." What would you say? You'd likely say I was crazy, or being unfair, or ridiculous - that I have no basis upon which to make such a claim. And you'd be … More

Experiencing God’s Love

In my early teens I had just begun dabbling with drugs. Like most teenagers, I took the opportunity to brag about it whenever possible, as this behavior was considered cool. As I was puffing up with pride relating my shenanigans, my favorite cousin … More

Breaking The Guilt Gospel

Gospel of Jesus

Guilt, shame, scare-tactics and the like undermine the gospel. You've seen the Facebook posts: Share if you love Jesus!. Or, Re-post if Jesus is Lord!. One recent message argued that if you're ashamed of re-posting a message about Jesus, then Jesus … More