Why does following the way of Jesus seem so difficult?

For those of you that are followers of Jesus, have you ever thought that that following the way of Jesus is difficult?  I think life itself can feel difficult.  But then add following Jesus, and there is another layer of effort, right? Ever think thoughts like this? I hear Jesus say “my yoke is easy andContinue reading “Why does following the way of Jesus seem so difficult?”

Two things Jesus did not tell us to do (but we do), and one he did tell us to do (but we don’t)

I’m super excited that the Olympics start today.  Soccer is my favorite sport, so while I’m disappointed the US men’s team didn’t qualify, the women’s team looks to make a gold medal run, and I’ll be cheering them on!  In honor of that quest, I thought I’d show you this picture of a Jesus figurineContinue reading “Two things Jesus did not tell us to do (but we do), and one he did tell us to do (but we don’t)”

What’s holding you back from following Jesus? Luke 18:18-43

Sometimes choices are hard to make.  I talked about that last week, referring to Luke 18:18-43.  In that story, Jesus met a guy and asked him to make a very hard choice.  This guy wanted to follow Jesus.  He had a bunch of money, and Jesus told him “sell everything you have, give it toContinue reading “What’s holding you back from following Jesus? Luke 18:18-43”

Choice matters

Have you had to make any major choices lately in your life? It could be a major purchase like a car or a house. It could relate to moving. Could be a job change. It could be about how to handle a relationship, about getting closer to someone or maybe about putting some distance betweenContinue reading “Choice matters”

What if we’re totally wrong about what it means to follow Jesus – Part 2

My son walked up to our pantry closet in our kitchen, looking for a snack.  He quickly put his hand over his nose, uttering a muffled “Ugh! What is that smell?” I looked over at him standing there, and said “What do you mean? Is it the trashcan?”  Our kitchen trash bin is right nextContinue reading “What if we’re totally wrong about what it means to follow Jesus – Part 2”

How to move from Christian “Fail” to Christian “Faith”

The words on the by-line were “Christian FAIL”. I use two phone apps to read the news: Google Newstand and Flipboard, which are free newspaper, magazine and website article readers.  Earlier this week a Flipboard article with that by-line caught my eye. “Christian FAIL.” I knew what it was going to be about. Something aboutContinue reading “How to move from Christian “Fail” to Christian “Faith””

Are you infected with MTD? – Luke 9:18-27

Many are infected and don’t know it.  The virus is MTD.  What is MTD?  Read on to find out, and how Jesus responds to MTD.  After allowing Peter to answer the question “Who do you say that I am?” with the words “You are the Christ/Messiah of God”, Jesus goes on to say two veryContinue reading “Are you infected with MTD? – Luke 9:18-27”

Why Jesus would rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints – Luke 5:27-39

Last week I introduced this past Sunday’s sermon with a game of Don’t Forget the Lyrics – Billy Joel Edition.  We had a lot of fun playing the game live in worship on Sunday. I wanted to play Don’t Forget the Lyrics – Billy Joel Edition because of some lines from his song “Only TheContinue reading “Why Jesus would rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints – Luke 5:27-39”

How to start following Jesus – Luke 5:1-11

Last week we saw how Jesus nearly sunk some fishermen’s boats with a miracle haul of fish.  They were astonished, after a long night of unsuccessfully catching fish. In the brief conversation that Luke records right after this moment, I believe there are four components that are vital for churches that want to make disciplesContinue reading “How to start following Jesus – Luke 5:1-11”

How to grow as a disciple of Jesus in an already busy world – 1st Corinthians 15:58

Last week I introduced Sunday’s sermon on 1st Corinthians 15:58 by asking what we do if we want to serve God more, but our lives are so busy.  Out of that question comes another one: isn’t okay to just believe in Jesus, or do we need to be radicals? 1st Corinthians 15:58 closes out aContinue reading “How to grow as a disciple of Jesus in an already busy world – 1st Corinthians 15:58”