History tells of James, his leadership in the church, his legacy of praying, and his unrelenting commitment to the work of his big brother. As we've seen James undeniable "family" resemblance and commitment to his big brother led him to pastor, shepherd, preach, teach, write, and ultimately die for the cause he was earlier in life critical of. ...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....
The Bible provides a pretty clear picture of James, the little brother of Jesus. He is first seen as a critic, second he’s converted, third he’s caring, and finally, he’s courageous....Keep Reading
One of the great challenges we all face is applying the biblical truth we hear and read about in our daily living. James, the little brother of Jesus, saw these challenges and wrote specifically to address these things. In five short chapters which will likely take you approximately 20 minutes to read we have more than just information, instruction, and encouragement. J...Keep Reading
David's last words in the book of Psalms ought to be our great aim. David's closing words don't simply drive us to praise God they point us to the worship of Jesus....Keep Reading
Could there be a greater danger in the life of a Christian than living, loving, working, playing, and resting and losing the ability to see God in all things? The awareness of the need for awe?...Keep Reading
From Psalm 119 we can see clearly what the Bible does. Below we have listed some of what the Bible does for us:...Keep Reading
As we look longer and more in depth at Psalm 119 we can see Jesus more and more clearly. Take a look with me today at how Jesus shows up in Psalm 119:...Keep Reading
Earlier this year I was introduced to a professor from the 19th century. Louis Agassiz was an educator I'd venture to say most of us would be frustrated with. He was the founder of the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology as well as a professor. Evidently, he was known for his simplicity and his willingness to lead (or force) students to be patience, look closely, and loo...Keep Reading
Simply, we can't arrive at knowing by doing. Biblical counselor, Carrie Mansfield states, "Feelings are unstable, change direction, and were never intended to lead us to truth or to fuel our actions." Truth ALONE is able to create faith, affections and joyful actions....Keep Reading
Mathematics teaches us the order of operation is critical to finding the right solution. The writer in Psalm 100 makes clear where we must start when it comes to truth, feelings, and behavior. Take a look at how the math works and see where your answers land....Keep Reading
Have you ever been in a relationship, a circumstance, a job, a situation where you had unrealistic expectations foisted upon you? A spouse that expects to much of you? Parents who demand grades, scores, and obedience at all costs? An employer whose demands are untethered from reality?...Keep Reading
Do you believe you were made for Global purposes? Do you believe God made you with a mind toward all nations knowing him through you? God made you for his glory, your joy, and for the nations. ...Keep Reading
Honor, Respect, and Glory. What do you think of when you hear those words?...Keep Reading
The twenty-third psalm portrays life as a pilgrimage, and in the final verse (6) the psalmist rightly comes to life’s goal, which is God’s house. Life can feel nomadic can't it? Sure we have a place we call home, but we all long for something more. Not necessarily bigger, but something more stable. No need of another addition, updating fixtures, remodeling kitchens, re...Keep Reading
Phillip Keller was a shepherd for many years before becoming a pastor. The years as a shepherd provided him with unique insights into Psalm 23. He writes in A Shepherd's Look at Psalm 23 describes what can hinder sheep from getting rest....Keep Reading
Do you remember the first time you walked into you a new environment (home, work, community, organization)? Do you remember the last time? Strange isn't it? Time, memories, experiences shape how we see things we so deeply love or loved. How about your marriage? The birth of your child? Hopes, dreams, desires now smashing into reality. Familiarity can be both friend and foe...Keep Reading