You've started reading the Bible for growth and development and not simply for the acquisition of knowledge and information. You've taken the time to enter into a conversation with God (and others)…both talking and listening. The sparks of a vibrant life with Christ are beginning to break through. ...Keep Reading
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Two disciples followed Jesus as the soldiers took Him to the high priest. One disciple knew the high priest and went inside. He spoke to a servant who allowed Peter inside the courtyard. The servant girl asked if Peter was one of Jesus’ disciples. Peter lied. He said, “No, I’m not.”...
Jesus was traveling to Jerusalem. As He came to the Mount of Olives outside a town called Bethany, He gave a very special task to two of His disciples. Jesus told them to go into the village and find a young donkey, which had never been ridden. The disciples were to untie the donkey and bring it back to Jesus. He told the men if anyone asked what they were doing, they should say the Lord needs it....
It was just before the Passover meal. Jesus knew that it was almost time for Him to leave this world and be reunited with God, His Father. Jesus loved His disciples and wanted to show them how much He loved them. Jesus knew that Judas Iscariot was going to betray Him. He got up from the table and tied a towel around His waist. He poured water into a bowl and began to wash His disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel wrapped around His waist. Simon Peter didn’t want Jesus to wash his feet....
In this short but powerful phrase we stumble upon a conversation between God and Moses. At first glance one could think this is just a reminder that has been inserted in the event Moses had forgotten how important the conversation was. But upon further investigation you start to discover that God was rather adamant and particular about what he had spoken. While the entire ...Keep Reading
The difference between a house and a home is monumental. A house is a structure where people and their possessions dwell. A home is an immaterial understanding, pervading attitude, and an altogether place of security and rest. A house is purchased with financial means. A home is established by work, forgiveness, kindness, love, and commitment. Seeing the difference between...Keep Reading
Starting this Sunday, February 7 a new preaching series begins at the Church at Martinsburg. We will begin an exposition of The Gospel According to John. When I became a Christian in 1996 I was instructed to read these 21 chapters before reading anything else. I was struck then, as now, at the simplicity of John's writing and at the same time the crystal clarity he deliver...Keep Reading
At the beginning of each month I'm planning on sharing the two books I enjoyed the most from the previous month and why that's the case. It's obviously subjective and influenced by my tastes, desires, and circumstances. I've got two simple objectives. First, I want to be able to recommend helpful books that I'm learning from and being shaped by. Second, I want to encourage...Keep Reading