Exodus 8: Free to Worship God

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me.” -Exodus 8:1 Why did God give his people freedom? So they could worship him. They were not given liberty to pursue their own self interests, to [Read More…]

Hebrews 3: Fix Your Thoughts on Jesus

“Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.” -Hebrews 3:1 Believers in Christ are to have their minds focused on Christ. Unlike Eastern religions that teach us to empty ourselves, Christians have a clear focus–Jesus Christ. This life [Read More…]

1 Corinthians 2: A Simply Powerful Message

1 And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. Paul held the equivalent [Read More…]

John 18: What Is Truth?

In John 18, we find perhaps the most intriguing question in all the New Testament. Pilate, the man responsible for handing Jesus over to his death, asked, “What is truth?” Pilate knew what it meant to have truth twisted to fit a situation. He was well aware that the Jewish leaders had handed Jesus over [Read More…]

John 16: Jesus Communicates Clearly

Some have suggested Jesus spoke in some secret codes or attempted to communicate hidden messages through his words. Even those listening when Jesus walked the earth sometimes wondered what was being communicated. On the last night Jesus spent with his disciples, however, he spoke directly. The result? His disciples responded: “Now you are speaking clearly [Read More…]

John 12: We Would Like to See Jesus

For Good Friday, I wanted to share an excerpt from my upcoming devotional work Thirst No More on John 12:21, the chapter I have handwritten today. The religious leaders sought to kill Jesus; seekers sought to see Jesus. Some of the Greeks who had traveled to Jerusalem for the Passover desired to meet with the [Read More…]

Luke 22: The Power of Example

On the very night Jesus was arrested, his followers held an argument regarding which of them was the best. In Luke 22, we read: 24 Also a dispute arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. 25 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; [Read More…]

Luke 8: Jesus Controls the Storm

After watching numerous videos of Japan’s earthquake and the ensuing tsunami, my heart breaks for those whose lives have been lost and the loved ones they leave behind. Like many, I wonder, “Where is God?” The disciples once had a similar experience on a much smaller scale. In Luke 8, Jesus and his twelve disciples [Read More…]

Luke 5: Jesus Loves Sinners (Including Me!)

Luke 5 shares a fascinating story that reveals Christ’s attitude toward sinners. It also reveals the attitude the religious leaders held toward him. The text, in part, reads: 27 After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, [Read More…]

Mark 15: Why Jesus Died

Many have misunderstood the legal reason used to put Jesus to death on the cross. Mark 15:25-26 reveals this reason: “25 It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. 26 The written notice of the charge against him read: THE KING OF THE JEWS.” After an illegal, overnight series of trials before both [Read More…]