Devotional

Being a Disciple of Jesus

January 2, 2017

We begin the New Year with a look at discipleship. The word disciple comes from the Greek word mathetes, which means a learner or a follower. It implies devotion, commitment, and submission to a master. Anyone claiming to be a Christian needs to realize that implied in the very word Christian is the idea of […]

What Christmas Is All About

December 24, 2016

Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” … And suddenly there was with the angel a […]

The Reasons Jesus Came

December 19, 2016

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been considering the Incarnation—God becoming man, the Word becoming flesh. But this week, we want to look at the reasons why Jesus came. I’ve chosen a few that will bring into perspective the purpose of Christmas. We as believers are celebrating the coming of the Son of God […]

We Beheld His Glory

December 12, 2016

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory. John 1:14 “Mild He lays His glory by.” These words from “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing” by Charles Wesley, the well-known hymn writer of the 1700s, speak of what Jesus did when He was born as a babe in Bethlehem. Yet, […]

When God Became a Man

December 5, 2016

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:14 Have you ever been reading a portion of Scripture, and suddenly, it just hits you like never before? I remember some years back thinking on this verse […]

A Heart of Thankfulness

November 28, 2016

Part 2 Grace … may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.  2 Corinthians 4:15 During this last week of November, I want to consider again the subject of grace and the reasons for thankfulness as we enter into one of the craziest seasons of the year. It is because of God’s grace […]

A Heart of Thankfulness

November 21, 2016

Grace … may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.  2 Corinthians 4:15 As we approach Thanksgiving and the start of the Christmas season, I want to focus on the most wonderful benefit we have to be thankful for: grace. Grace is unmerited favor, a spiritual blessing that refocuses our attention on the […]

The Sensitivity of the Savior

November 14, 2016

Part 2 Last week, we looked at the story of the deaf and dumb man whom Jesus healed, somewhat unconventionally; yet through this encounter, we see, quite clearly, the sensitivity, compassion, and empathy of Jesus. God is very concerned about each of us intimately, and He knows the process that must transpire before we see […]

The Sensitivity of the Savior

November 7, 2016

Part 1 They brought to [Jesus] one who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech, and they begged Him to put His hand on him. And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers in his ears, and He spat and touched his tongue. Then, looking up to heaven, He […]

Waiting on the Lord

October 31, 2016

Part 4 Learning to Wait So, what does it mean to wait? This is probably where the greatest difficulty comes in because we do not like to wait for anything. Human beings, in general, are impatient by nature. You find a few patient people here and there, but most of us want things to happen […]