"I just haven't figured out what I want to do with my life!", she said as she sat across from me. A beautiful young woman of God, with a number of options in front of her, feeling the pressure of the "plan". I am learning to listen more than speak, so I nod in understanding … Continue reading today, live
It was on a beach. Men doing what they do, what their fathers did, what their sons will do. Providing food for their families; making a living. And then God walked by with an invitation. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19) Their … Continue reading changing forevers
For roughly three years Jesus poured Himself into followers. Teaching, loving, displaying God-power, rebuking, laughing, weeping. Living life. Pouring into people who would turn around, pour it back out, and change the world. Ordinary people who watched, listened, and followed Jesus and became transformed. Lives interrupted by God, taking them from ordinary to radical. And … Continue reading because
I tried to imagine myself among the twelve men Jesus called and then sent in chapter 10 of the gospel of Matthew. As I read the scriptures, I pictured myself standing among them, hearing these instructions for the first time with them. I then wondered how I would receive His instructions today, in the world … Continue reading would I go?
Chapter 9 is not the first sighting, but it is where Jesus taught me two lessons about Pharisees. Before I start on that, below is a partial definition of a "pharisee" from Strong's Concordance: They sought for distinction and praise by outward observance of external rites and by outward forms of piety, and such as ceremonial washings, fastings, prayers, … Continue reading they’re everywhere!
The storm passed and the boat arrived safely on the other side of the lake. I imagine they would still be a bit shaky from the storm, looking forward to some rest on the beach perhaps. Actually, I'm not imagining them at all right now. I'm thinking of me, on a beach. We should move … Continue reading he went
They watched Him get into a boat, and they followed Him. They were fishermen, so they had been getting into boats their entire lives. Just another "boat" day for them, very familiar, very comfortable. They had no idea they would soon be fearing for their lives. Of course they didn't know. If they had known, … Continue reading are you watching?