Jesus in HD 198: Dramatic Words of a Dying Man

“Jesus said…”[display_podcast]As you are about to hear in this PODCAST, the fact of the matter is this: Jesus said seven statements, this as His life was literally dripping out of Him drop by precious drop. Each one of the seven — when considered separately — tells a most-dramatic tale. All of the seven — when considered collectively — give us an unparalleled insight into the heart of Jesus.It was, after all, Jesus who much earlier in His ministry said this: “For whatever is in your h … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: And These Will Be Added to You

Bright-eyed and 23 years old, John paced across his condo balcony. Houston’s medical center towers loomed in his twilit view. He gripped the phone by his ear and smiled as he waited for the answer. “Dad, hey! You won’t believe it—I got a new offer! No, not with the agency—they’ll keep me at the bottom at least another year. This could be my calling. It’s here with my church in Houston, in the youth ministry.”His face fell as his dad’s voice cut through the wires, “Don’t even think about it. I … [Read more...]

Ask Pastor John: What’s the Last Thing You Would Tweet?

Welcome back to a new week on the Ask Pastor John podcast. Pastor John, what do you want to be as your final words on Twitter, in 140 characters? Brittany writes in to ask it: “Dear Pastor John, if you could say one last thing to this world, what would your message to us be? In other words, what is the one-sentence message, the one last tweet, that is the most important thing we need to hear from you, and why?”I took Brittany seriously when she suggested it be one last tweet, so here’s my exa … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: Feeling Joy

“It is a very weird spot to be in—to know the truths of the gospel in your head, but feel nothing. How can you be expected to feel anything toward God, when you feel nothing toward anything?”As an adolescent, Lyndee began a journey through many deep and troubled episodes of depression. For years, she struggled to not only find joy, but to feel anything at all.Lyndee understood God’s joy in theory, but in her depression, she struggled to understand and grasp God’s joy personally. She strug … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: The Gift of Tragedy -God orchestrated tragedy for His glory and for Hien’s joy.

At the young age of eight, Hien was sexually abused by a close family member. The molestation was ongoing and lasted until she was in high school. Keeping it a secret from her friends and family, Hien felt used, reckless, and unworthy of love because of what was happening to her in secret.Uncontrollable shame and guilt over the abuse caused Hien to withdraw emotionally from the family she loved. Growing up, she was shy to the point of silence. “I didn’t tell my family because I was so ash … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 143: Isn’t That Breaking the Rules?

[display_podcast]Following Jesus can be a treacherous path of trying to change the world, as we see it, and running straight into the truth that we are, indeed, the one with the problem.  We need deliverance from:… Our belief that it is up to us to change people. … Our judgmental and legalistic ways.Think about this:In the beginning of Luke 19 – the story of the tax collector Zacchaeus.(Raise your hand if you just started to sing “Zaccheaus was a wee little man, a wee littl … [Read more...]