It is God Who creates new life within you and me, Jesus calls us by name and brings us out of death and into new life. Then God calls others to come help us unwind the old life from ourselves, all the things that had bound us in death. Continue reading Gospel of John: Lazarus! Here! Outside!
Faith involves doing hard things. And obedience to God reflects belief in God and God’s word. Martha would have to put her belief on the line in front of her sister, in front of all those religious dignitaries, in front of all their extended family and people who had come down from Jerusalem. Continue reading Gospel of John: Belief on the Line
Each change is loss of what was as we move into what is, and face what it seems must be. Continue reading Gospel of John: Jesus Wept
Broken by life’s traumas, calamities, and tragedies, and just when you’re at your lowest, it seems…there you go, right over the edge, and into the dumpster. Continue reading Leah
There are Spirit-filled Christians from what seems a countless variety of backgrounds and faith traditions, and we all have such a variety of ways of understanding what will happen in the future. There is much disagreement! However, there are a few points on which we are unified. Continue reading Minor Prophets: Micah, Messiah’s Reign
[In the Greek] Though Martha’s voice had leaned more heavily on the final catastrophe of death itself, Mary spoke from the devastation of personal betrayal, her voice leaning on the connection of her brother, the unspoken meaning clear: you said you loved me, and he was my brother. Continue reading Gospel of John: Martha’s Faith
But there are dimensions to our problems that you and I cannot imagine, but which God sees clearly. When I pray, I can see God’s wisdom in a situation, that the Lord’s vision is much bigger than mine. Jesus can solve any problem, fix any mess, bring good out of any disaster, he is God. But Jesus will do it in a way that glorifies God and strengthens my faith. Continue reading Gospel of John: Delays Are Not Denials
Jesus had received a message from Mary and Marth of Bethany, Lazarus was gravely ill. But rather than come to them, Jesus sent word back that Lazarus’ illness was not to death but to God’s glory. Continue reading Gospel of John: Let Us All Go
What we do reveals who we are and what we truly believe.
What pulls you backward? What pulls you forward? Which seems stronger? What does what you say and do reveal about who you truly are and what you truly believe? How can God’s mercy triumph in your life?
Continue reading Wife of Lot
What God does is always a reflection of God’s character and in keeping with God’s glory, and all this is displayed in the lives of every believer.
Those who believe God see God’s glory in everyday circumstances. Continue reading Gospel of John: Grave Illness