Potstirrer or Peacemaker?
on May 22nd, 2020
“An ungodly man digs up evil, and it is on his lips like a burning fire. A perverse man sows strife, and a whisperer separates the best of friends.” (Prov. 16:27-28) Some people like to stir the pot, while others prefer to keep the peace. Why would someone want to keep things stirred up? I’m sure there are a variety of reasons. Sometimes people want to give the impression that th...
Nowhere Else to Turn
on May 21st, 2020
“Simon Peter answered Him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’” (John 6:68-69) Many people were fed by Jesus when He gave thanks and passed out the five loaves and two fish. Probably around 20,000 people were fed on that occasion, and those who were fed stuck aroun...
When God Corrects You
on May 20th, 2020
“So David arose from the ground, washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house; and when he requested, they set food before him, and he ate.” (2 Samuel 12:20) Let’s be honest – none of us really enjoys correction. On one hand, sometimes we’re the ones being corrected. We’ve all been punis...
More Than Enough God
on May 19th, 2020
“Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.” (John 6:13) The masses were incredibly attracted to Jesus. On one occasion, many people came to follow Jesus, so He sat on the side of a mountain and began to teach. About lunchtime, Jesus asked Philip where they could turn to provi...
The Davidic Covenant
on May 18th, 2020
“And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.” (2 Samuel 7:16) After the ark was moved to Jerusalem, the Bible says “the Lord had given him (David) rest from his enemies all around” (2 Sam. 7:1). David was situated very comfortably in his palace, but his heart was still not satisfied. It was his heart’s desire t...
Worshiping for the Lord
on May 17th, 2020
“So David said to Michal, ‘It was before the Lord, who chose me instead of your father and all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel. Therefore I will play music before the Lord. And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight.’”(2 Samuel 6:21-22) King David had an amazing rise to the throne of Israel. It all start...
on May 16th, 2020
“Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Do you not say, “There are still four months and then comes the harvest?” Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!’” (John 4:34-35) If someone asked you to rank your priorities in order, how would you list them? Many people would...
The Urgency of Evangelism
on May 15th, 2020
“But He needed to go through Samaria.” (John 4:4) Some time after Christ’s encounter with Nicodemus, He made the decision to leave Judea and head north toward Galilee. Between Judea in the south and Galilee in the north, there is a small section of Israel known as Samaria. Samaria was an area that was heavily influenced by the Babylonians. When the Babylonians captured Israel, th...
More of Him
on May 14th, 2020
“He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30) John the Baptist was a fascinating man. He was set apart by God to be the forerunner of Jesus. By all human standards, we would say he was a little unorthodox. Scripture tells us that his diet consisted of locusts and wild honey, and that he chose to wear camel’s hair. I imagine he spent much of his time in seclusion and praye...
Born of Water
on May 13th, 2020
“Jesus answered, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.’” (John 3:5) John gives us glimpses into the life of Jesus that are not provided by the Synoptic Gospel writers. One of those glimpses is John 3 – Christ’s encounter with a truth-seeking Pharisee named Nicodemus. The Bible doesn’t tell us much about him ...
The First Miracle
on May 12th, 2020
“This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and [a]manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.” (John 2:11) Depending on how you count the miracles of Jesus, there are about 40 recorded miracles of Christ in the New Testament – 7 of them included in John’s Gospel. The first miracle takes us back to an occasion when Christ and the disciples had been invited ...
A Simple Plan for Success
on May 11th, 2020
“Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.”(Prov. 16:3) Everyone is guilty of getting the cart in front of the horse from time to time. For instance, we start planning vacations before we’ve determined how to pay for them. We start thinking of all we’ll do upon graduation without making sure that every assignment is complete. In regard to today’s verse...