Psalm 136:1-16: God’s Chesed

Chesed

The highest mountain in the world, Everest, stands.  The majestic mountain remains unmoved before your birth and after your death.  So permanent in our minds is this tallest peak, stamping itself into our pathway of neurons.  Still, we are left wanting when comparing Everest to the Creator.  The eternal mystery of God’s being is older […]

The Passion and the People: Nicodemus

Nicodemus and Jesus

John 3:1-9, 14-16: From Bystander to Believer   With Jesus crucified, the Apostle John identifies Nicodemus as “the man who earlier visited him at night” (John 19:39).  So, we travel back to their first meeting to learn of Nicodemus.  “A man from the Pharisees and a ruler of the Jews, Nicodemus, came to Jesus one […]

Genesis 32:22-30: Best of Luck or Blessing?

Best of Luck

A saying we use in our everyday lives is “Best of luck.”  Through those words, we wish another well—whether on the phone, at work, or somewhere else.  The idea behind a blessing is to encourage.  Still, do you wonder what “luck” is?  In wishing another “the best of luck,” you are voicing a belief in […]

The Passion and the People: Peter

Peter and Malchus

John 18:4-11: Not by Sword but Cross Perhaps, you faced some inconvenience to be here today.  Did you miss a TV show or needed to change a mealtime?  The food may still be waiting for you when you step back into your home.  Perhaps, you scurried to finish some task to arrive here on time. […]

Matthew 4:1-11: Not By Bread Alone

Not by bread alone

Such a generous offer the Devil makes, proposing to share the stage of God with Jesus Christ.  The Devil can be such a charmer, offering our Lord bread, glory, and sparing Him the suffering yet to come.  Why?  So we will be without our Savior’s Word. The Deceiver whispers, “You don’t need to do this, […]

The Passion and the People: Judas

Judas and Jesus

John 12:1, 3-6; Luke 22:2-6 Such a mystery is unbelief.  The unbelief of Judas goes deeper.  For Jesus calls him to be His disciple, and he follows.  One of the Twelve, the teachings of Jesus come to him firsthand.  Still, he betrays the Son of God and dies in despair, committing suicide.  Is Judas’ betrayal […]

Exodus 33:17-23: Transfiguration: The Cross Before the Glory

What is glory?  Whatever glory is, rock stars exude its essence, inspiring many a teenager to pick up a guitar or play the drums.  So also top athletes, with an aura of mystery with its drawing power—as long as they are winning.  Earned by their sacrifices, others also hold such an allure.  Do we not […]

2 Corinthians 12:1-10: Power Made Perfect in Weakness

Thorn

The Apostle Paul, firm in faith, with enduring character, and bold in tenacity against his many obstacles.  In 2 Corinthians, chapter 11, he reveals what many of them are.  Time in jail, countless beatings, and many brushes with death, which became the wrecked rubble of his past.  The list goes on, for he endured being […]

Exodus 17:1-7: The Rock is Christ

Water from the Rock

The hymn writer, Augustus Toplady, best-known for “Rock of Ages,” grew up in a religious English family.  Contrary to his upbringing, he later left the Church as a young man.  The Lord, however, guides in mysterious ways, using his brother, who decided to visit friends in Ireland.  So, Augustus went along.  At a religious gathering, […]

Mathew 8:23-27: Jesus Saves Amid Our Storms of Life

The story is your story, soaked into the fabric of your being.  The sun warms your face, but the sound of distant thunder echoes in your ears.  At once, gray skies banish the blue, and the gloominess of clouds sends away the brightness of the sun. A howling wind drives away the calm, and smooth […]