An Unfinished Work (John 17)

Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. (John 17:17) Is there ever a point in time when you felt like you had all of the answers to your life's questions and that you had "arrived" so to speak?  It seems like every year I grow older I look at myself from the year before and think "man, you were really dumb back then."  I look at my way of thinking and my thought ... [Continue Reading]

The One Who Overcomes (John 16)

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.” (John 16:16) Back in the 1990s there was a popular slogan: no fear.  I distinctly remember the t-shirts and the bumper stickers storming the culture.  We don't see those too often, anymore, but the slogan is something that ... [Continue Reading]

The Greatest Love (John 15)

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13) There are a lot of ways to express love to other people, but there is no greater way than to actually trade your life for someone else's life.  One of the things that makes Jesus unique among other gods is that he willingly gave up his life for those of us who deserve death.  But, ... [Continue Reading]

The Only Way (John 14)

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6) We live in a world where all religions are created equal.  The United States was founded on the principle that people can worship or refrain from worship however they choose in total freedom, and in that environment we have people from all faith systems.  ... [Continue Reading]

What is Your SQ? (John 13)

Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. (John 13:3-4) In most cases, powerful people use their power for their own glory and for their own ascension to greater power.  Right now my mind goes to the ... [Continue Reading]

With A Little Help From My Friends (Luke 22)

An angel from heaven appeared to [Jesus] and strengthened him. (Luke 22:43) It's encouraging to know that, in his moment of great trial, Jesus was ministered to by an angel.  God didn't leave Jesus alone to fend for himself, but an angel appeared and gave him strength.  Isn't that encouraging? I'm certainly not an expert on angels, nor do I think that the Bible gives ... [Continue Reading]

A Crisis of Faith (Mark 14)

[Peter] began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about.” (Mark 14:71) There are moments in time when a crisis of faith comes about, and even people with deep resolve call into question the things they believe.  How does a person like Peter, who promised that he would never leave Jesus' side, somehow come to the point of ... [Continue Reading]

Victory or Defeat? (Matthew 26)

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.  The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41) Can you imagine being a soldier on a battlefield and curling up to take a nap in the midst of enemy fire?  Napping doesn't make sense in the midst of physical combat any more than it makes sense in the midst of spiritual combat.  I believe that's why ... [Continue Reading]

Missing God (Matthew 25)

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.  For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look ... [Continue Reading]

Keep Your Bags Packed (Mark 13; Matthew 24)

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. (Matthew 24:36) A number of years ago I read a story of Sir Ernest Shackleton, the great explorer from England who went to the Antarctic.  He left some men on Elephant Island with a promise to return to pick them up.  However, the water iced over, and he was delayed ... [Continue Reading]