Jesus in HD 190: Jesus’ One Worry Concerning YOU (and Me)

[display_podcast]On this Thursday night of Jesus’ final week, mere hours before the crucifixion, Jesus was worried about His disciples.And as you are about to hear in this PODCAST, He was worried for a very good reason.I don’t know if you have ever associated the word worry with Jesus, but as you will hear, in this case, at this time, in this place, that word worry is most appropriate.Don’t worry (pun intended). I’m not trying to get all psychoanalytical on you. I am not fluent in … [Read more...]

WWUTT: What Does the Bible Say About Making New Years Resolutions?

Ah… the New Year! Time for a fresh start, new beginnings, bogus prophecies that don't mean anything - seriously watch out for those yahoo's declaring, “This is the year of your breakthrough!”By now, you've made a few New Year's resolutions of your own. Perhaps you want to lose a few pounds, or break a bad habit, or learn a new skill. And then in two weeks, when you epically fail at your resolution, you'll say, “Ahh, there's always next year.”Is it a good idea for Christians to be making r … [Read more...]

Does God Promise to Feed and Clothe Christians?

Especially given the age that we live in, and as we watch our brothers and sisters in the Middle East suffer at the hands of ISIS being driven from their homes and towns, this is a particularly relevant question from Kevin in California: “Dear Pastor John, in Matthew 6 we read: ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and al … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 106: Entering 2016 with Faith and Assurance

As we welcome 2016 in I want to speak to you about the many seasons of our lives...When we start to realize that God is involved with every aspect of our lives, and is acutely aware of every step we take because He has a plan for each of us, then we can rest in the spot we are in until that plan is revealed to us. We talk about “waiting on the Lord,” but sometimes I think we really don’t know how to do that. Waiting is waiting—being patient while God reveals His plan for your life.There are m … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 97: Storms Are Invitations To Dance With Jesus

[display_podcast] Can I consider my life pure joy?  Or have I been caught up in looking at the depth of pain and the depth of trials and sometimes pure craziness in my life, and thought, Have I not sown into your Kingdom?   When is my time coming? “Haven’t I served you all my life?  Why so much suffering.Starting from my childhood of abuse and ending up here, years later… still struggling for a reprieve.”Don’t we just get so wrapped up in ourselves sometimes? I like what … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 96: A Walk Into His Secret Place

[display_podcast] Have you ever been so overcome with the intimate love of Jesus that you feel totally undone?Over the past many months, through some great emotional trials, I have leaned into Him… like in a wine press. He actually became my strength.   The hardest times in our lives are the very times He most reveals Himself. Every issue you may deal with in life, if you would only allow Him into it, you will find extreme comfort, growth, and an intimacy with Him that will stay with … [Read more...]