There are two passages of Scripture I came through in my reading this week that describe what I am “seeing” in prayer during this time in our culture and the American Church.
His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire. (Matt. 3:12)
Continue reading “The winnowing process of the Kingdom of God”
I have reached a place in the Gospel of John that causes me to walk slowly. It’s difficult for me when I think I’m in some sort of time crunch, or in a “check off” mode. But this is holy ground. Continue reading “The greatest examples we carry”
John 6 is at once one of my favorite chapters to chew on… and the most frustrating chapter to read. It is the deep call to discipleship and full participation in Christ.
This is the place where Jesus drives a crowd AWAY. In our world, that’s utter foolishness. We are so thirsty for big crowds! We celebrate big crowds! And Jesus is here thinning things out! Continue reading “The difficulty of discipleship”
I am walking my way through the Gospel of John and there are times I find passages I’m familiar with a bit humorous. John 5 is one of them. Continue reading “How NOT to have a healing ministry”
Yesterday was a travel day for us, so I wasn’t able to post readings for Saturday.
Psalm 87, 90, 136
1 Cor. 10:1-13
Ps. 66, 67, 19, 46
While I know it’s a need in my life to slow down when I read, it doesn’t happen enough. I slow down when reading Scripture, but when I read other books I hustle through too quickly. Continue reading “The abundance of his presence”
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. Continue reading “Asking in prayer is no good…”
60 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”
61 Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you?” (John 6:60-61)
Continue reading “Jesus will invade your “safe place””
Here are the BIG questions I am tackling this week as I prepare for Sunday’s message:
Why are you in church?
Why are you calling yourself a Christian?
Why do you claim to follow Christ?
John 6 will be my text. As we continue in our MULTIPLY series, and then with that look toward Lent, these are HUGE questions Jesus has for those who “follow” him.
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. (John 15:4)