Did Jesus win his trial? You get to choose! – John 5:31-47, Part 5

The situation is bleak.  The religious leaders refuse to believe Jesus.  Even after such rock-solid witnesses, four of them, which you can read about here, here and here, who each give powerful testimony about Jesus, most of the religious leaders are not convinced, and they leave plotting how to take him down.  What about us?Continue reading “Did Jesus win his trial? You get to choose! – John 5:31-47, Part 5”

God has an important role for you in his mission – John 4:27-42, Part 5

In the previous post, Jesus taught his disciples that they should see themselves as harvesters. He wasn’t referring to harvesting in the farming world, but harvesting for God’s Kingdom. Jesus was saying that just as they were his disciples, their mission was to help more people become his disciples. Just then, something happened to illustrateContinue reading “God has an important role for you in his mission – John 4:27-42, Part 5”

Jesus’ unlikely harvest in an unlikely place – John 4:27-42, Part 4

I live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania’s farm country. My back yard is adjacent to a corn field, so just a few weeks ago we watched as harvesters brought in the corn at night. Other years we’ve watched the combines mowing down the fields and spraying a golden stream of kernels into trailers. Harvest is a normalContinue reading “Jesus’ unlikely harvest in an unlikely place – John 4:27-42, Part 4”

How resurrection motivates us to mission – Easter 2021, Part 4

As we continue studying what Paul has to say about resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15:12-34, he begins with a really bizarre comment. In verse 29 he mentions that the Corinthian Christians were practicing baptism for the dead.  I am not going to be able to provide you the definitive answer on what that one isContinue reading “How resurrection motivates us to mission – Easter 2021, Part 4”

Three essentials for Christians – Acts 20, Part 2

My family recently spent a week at a state park. Along with our extended family, we rented cabins, and while the cabins had electricity, bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens, we had to bring pretty much everything else we needed. Pots, pans, utensils, bedding, toiletries, etc. Because our vehicles have only so much room to transport peopleContinue reading “Three essentials for Christians – Acts 20, Part 2”

Christians, are we seeing the needs? Are we listening? – Acts 14, Part 2

Christian people, I have a question for you: when people think of you do they think, “there is a person who listens, who sees, who has empathy, who cares”? Or do they think, “there is a person who won’t stop talking, who is so focused on themselves”? What kind of Christian should we be? We’veContinue reading “Christians, are we seeing the needs? Are we listening? – Acts 14, Part 2”

Christians need to speak up – Acts 14, Part 1

Did you see the recent video of the white woman in New York City’s Central Park, yelling at an African-American man who had requested that she leash her dog, as they were in an area of the park that required dogs be on leashes?  He started recording her because she became so belligerent, while heContinue reading “Christians need to speak up – Acts 14, Part 1”

God designed you for mission – Acts 11:19-30, Part 4

What were you created to do? Do you know? What gifts, abilities and aptitudes do you have? Are you using them for a mission in the world? In this post we learn about how God wants all to be on mission, and how he has equipped us for mission! In the previous post, we learnedContinue reading “God designed you for mission – Acts 11:19-30, Part 4”

Two inspiring stories to encourage us during the loneliness of quarantine – Acts 11:19-30, Part 3

For most of us, quarantine is turning two months old, and I wonder if it is getting to you. The daily news reports about the number of infections and deaths can weigh heavy on us. Are you feeling it? You might not be jumping for joy like the guy in the picture. As we continueContinue reading “Two inspiring stories to encourage us during the loneliness of quarantine – Acts 11:19-30, Part 3”

Moving from frustration to purpose when you’re stuck at home – Acts 11:19-30, Part 2

How are you dealing with being stuck at home these past two months? Feeling frustrated? This week we’re studying Acts 11:19-30, and what we read there could help us move from frustration to purpose. So grab a Bible and and read that passage. Did you notice there are three sections in the passage?  There isContinue reading “Moving from frustration to purpose when you’re stuck at home – Acts 11:19-30, Part 2”