If Only He’d Waited! (Part 2)

“’Tonight all of you will desert Me. For the Scriptures say, “God will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.”’” (Matthew 26:31 NLT) In yesterday’s post we looked at Judas’ betrayal, considering that in each of us resides the potential of being a betrayer. The fact is, “… everyone hasContinue reading “If Only He’d Waited! (Part 2)”

If Only He’d Waited!

“When Judas, who had betrayed Him, realized that Jesus had been condemned to die, he was filled with remorse.” (Matthew 27:3a NLT) Not many who come to Christ identify with Judas. Judas’ name is synonymous with “betrayer,” which, of course, he was. The troubling consideration for me is, so was Peter . . . andContinue reading “If Only He’d Waited!”

The Relevancy of Relationship (Part 2)

“Anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with God. But anyone who remains in the teaching of Christ has a relationship with both the Father and the Son.” (2 John 9 NLT) Some people have never experienced a truly inspired and Spirit led relationship with God or even with another human being.Continue reading “The Relevancy of Relationship (Part 2)”

The Relevancy of Relationship

“Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.” (Luke 12:21 NLT) The word “relationship,” as defined by The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, simply means “the state of being related or interrelated.” Many today have relatives without relationships. And a growing number of people are living togetherContinue reading “The Relevancy of Relationship”

Love Always Finds a Way

“There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich.” (Luke 19:2 NLT) Tax collectors were despised people in Jesus’ day. They were typically Jews who worked for the Roman government collecting taxes from their own people. When someone was trying to describeContinue reading “Love Always Finds a Way”

Being a Doer of God’s Word

“But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says.” (James 1:22 NLT) It will be nearly impossible for you to believe this, but my beautiful, wonderful, dearly beloved wife believes I have “selective” hearing. She thinks I pick and choose what things to listen to when she speaks. What’s going toContinue reading “Being a Doer of God’s Word”

Another Look at Forgiveness

“So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” (Matthew 9:6a NLT) Jesus often tied forgiveness with physical healing or other very practical issues. The paralyzed man who was brought to Jesus by his friends likely wasn’t thinking of his need of forgiveness, yet thatContinue reading “Another Look at Forgiveness”

The Gift of Christ’s Cleansing Blood (Part 2)

“It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.” (1 Peter 1:19 NLT) In yesterday’s post I wrote: “His life-sustaining blood has washed every stain from our heart and life, enabling us to do and be for Him and with Him anything He desires us to do and be. Yes, butContinue reading “The Gift of Christ’s Cleansing Blood (Part 2)”

The Gift of Christ’s Cleansing Blood

“But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”  (1 John 1:9 NLT) After a long, hard day of working in the hot summer sun, nothing is quite as refreshing as a drink of cold water and a long,Continue reading “The Gift of Christ’s Cleansing Blood”

Forgiving Like Jesus

“If another person sins, rebuke that person; then if there is repentance, forgive. Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive.” (Luke 17:3b-4 NLT) How does Jesus forgive? Think of the most insidious, demonic, vile, painful, horrific sin anyone could commit againstContinue reading “Forgiving Like Jesus”