Confusion.

Confusion was the number one response Jesus’ disciples had to Jesus’ teaching. I thought their normal response would have been awe and wonder. Nope. Jesus taught, and they replied, “Huh?” In Mark 7:14-16, Jesus taught a parable prioritizing the inner cleanliness of a person’s heart over outward appearance. Verse 17 says that after the teaching, when Jesus and His team …

The Power of Trinitarian Prayer

As you step into intimacy with each member of the Trinity (The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), your prayer life will be affected in a positive way. But this idea often causes people to question, “Who should I pray to? And Is it okay to pray to all three persons?” The answer is, certainly because all three persons are one …

Advancing the Kingdom of God

Advancing the kingdom of God was the mission of Jesus. Throughout His ministry (from the time of His inaugural sermon in Mark 1 to His ascension in Acts 1), Jesus declared that His powers and wisdom were the results of His citizenship in the kingdom. In Matthew 13, Jesus shared seven parables describing various attributes of the kingdom of God. …

The Fork In The Road

Before you gave your life to Jesus, you were separated from God and marked as His enemy. You lived your life the way you wanted, with no regard for God’s plans and desires for you. Your spirit was diseased with sin. Think about a picture of a healthy lung versus a picture of a chain smoker’s lung, but instead of …

New Year, New You Prayer Challenge

PRAYER has to do with the entire man. Prayer takes in man in his whole being, mind, soul and body. It takes the whole man to pray, and prayer affects the entire man in its gracious results. As the whole nature of man enters into prayer, so also all that belongs to man is the beneficiary of prayer. I agree …

Finding Intimacy in a Lockdown World

The more time we sit in Jesus’ presence, the more intimately we will know Him. The more we know Him, the more secure and confident we will feel. There’s no doubt that 2020 has been a difficult year for many of us. We’ve experienced lockdowns, closed churches, major illness, political unrest, and, unfortunately, some of us have experienced other heart-wrenching …