No Way

As we read Matthew 9, we find numerous accounts of Jesus healing people. One of the narratives describes Jesus visiting a synagogue leader’s home where a daughter “just died.” People were gathered around this home mourning. We read the crowd was noisy and the pipes were being played—this is something we all can imagine. Funeral […]

Ephesians Study: Least of the Saints

[Ephesians 3:1-13] Paul wrote over half of the books in the New Testament. Paul knew the Scriptures well. Paul had an encounter with Jesus and a special calling to preach to the Gentiles. He had many reasons to be puffed up. Instead we read: 1 Corinthians 15:9 “least of the apostles,” Ephesians 3:8 “very least […]

More Than a Story: Humility

[Two Men Who Prayed: Luke 18:9-14] “Be humble or you’ll stumble.” – Dwight L. Moody I am the least of the apostles – 1 Corinthians 15:9 I am the very least of all the saints. – Ephesians 3:8 I am the foremost of sinners. – 1 Timothy 1:15 “I tell you, this man went down […]

More Than A Story: Persistence

More Than A Story: Persistence [Friend at Midnight: Luke 11:5-13 / Persistent Widow: Luke 18:1-8] “Prayer is not an exercise. It is the life of the saint.” – Oswald Chambers 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 – “Rejoice always; pray continually.” [NIV] Pray without ceasing, pray constantly, never stop praying, continually be prayerful      Unceasingly – Adialeiptós (ad-ee-al-ipe’-toce) […]

Something Outta Nothing

[Elisha and the Widow’s Oil – 2 Kings 4:1-7] Now the wife of one of the sons of the prophets cried to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord, but the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves.” And Elisha said […]

Keeping the Father Waiting

We often keep our Father waiting. We don’t spend time with Him. We go through our entire day and don’t even speak to Him or even think of Him. Sometimes we walk away. And as the father in the story of the Prodigal Son, our Father waits. He’s always reaching out, always wanting us to […]

No Negotiations

Today’s passage can teach us so much. Jesus knew that this man was clinging too tightly to his money. He tried to show the man that He could offer him something greater than temporal riches, true riches in heaven. The rich man found this difficult to hear and he could not do as Jesus commanded. […]

All the Louder

Everyone prays differently. Some people pray daily or almost daily. Some people are very repetitive. Some people rarely pray unless they are at the end of their rope. Some people only pray when things are going well or when things are going badly. The blind man sitting on the road prayed “all the louder.” There’s […]