Mark 8:11-13 – The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test him, they asked him for a sign from heaven. 12 He sighed deeply and said, “Why does this generation ask for a miraculous sign? I tell you the truth, no sign will be given to it.” 13 Then he left them, got back into the boat and crossed to the other side. NIV
By now Jesus’ ministry was in full swing. He had healed many people, raised a person from the dead, and performed many other miracles. Just before these Pharisees came to Jesus asking for a sign, He had fed 4,000 men plus women and children using seven loaves of bread and a few small fish. After every one was done eating, His disciples gathered seven baskets of leftovers!
Now these guys wanted a “sign!” We are not told what “sign” would convince them that He was the Messiah. Evidently, they had something in mind. Jesus refused to play their game. All the signs were there, but they refused to see or even investigate them. As Ray Stevens wrote in Everything Is Beautiful: “There is none so blind as he who will not see.” Continue reading
Matthew 21:16 – “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him.
“Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, “‘From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise’?” NIV
What were the children saying that upset the chief priests and teachers of the law so much that they wanted Jesus to put a stop to it? Were they cursing God? Defaming the Temple? Mocking their elders? No, the shout that the children were making in the Temple courts after seeing Jesus heal people that upset them was: “Hosanna to the Son of David,” (Matt. 21:15 – NIV) Continue reading
For the past year, I have been saving all sorts of ideas to post on this blog; but I have just never gotten around to actually posting them. I figured that I’d get around to it sooner or later.
Well, last week I awoke in the middle of the night with some chest discomfort, and long story short, I ended up with a heart cath and having a stent placed in an artery going to my heart. Praise the Lord, I’m recovering and feeling better.
However, I happened to be reading the Book of Ecclesiastes at the time in which Solomon reminds us that we can’t always be certain about what will happen next. One of my favorite verses is: “Anyone who is among the living has hope – even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!” (Ecc. 9:4)
He, also, encourages his readers to “Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again.” (Ecc. 11:1) So I figure that this live dog better start casting some of his bread crumbs out if he is ever going to do it!
I want to share at least a thought a week about a Bible passage, song lyrics, notes from the Life Application Bible that I have been reading, or just some random (hopefully Holy Spirit led) thoughts I have been having. Blessings
We’re in the middle of Luvability Ministries Summer Retreat. This is a four day event that has some fantastic worship. While we usually worship to per-recorded music, seldom have I worshiped the LORD with more enthusiastic worshipers. Today there were between 50-60 attendees plus 25+ dedicated staff, volunteers and caregivers. Dr. Larry Hanson from Cross Bars Ministries shared the morning devotion about Jonah and troubled waters.
This afternoon we had a great worship session with keyboard and guitar following five baptisms! One of the people we had the privilege of baptizing was a lady who taught me how to worship God more in Spirit. She’s loved Jesus as long as I’ve known her, and today she shed tears of joy as we baptized her and prayed for her. Yeah! God!
… if you haven’t met the living Jesus! He didn’t just die for your sins. He came to set you free from what holds you back from being who you were created to be. He rose from the dead to give you new life. What keeps you from allowing Him to do that?
The other day my granddaughter asked her mom, “Why do they call it Good Friday, if that’s the day they killed Jesus?” Good question. I imagine that lots of people ask that question. Here’s a video response from Igniter Media …
I encourage you to participate in a Good Friday Service that you may understand the full extent of God’s love for you.
Hebrews 12:2 – “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” NIV
I’m always amazed at how God works in the lives of all sorts of people. I’ve never watched Duck Dynasty; but I came across this video of Duck Commander Phil Robertson, and his story was a testimony of God’s Amazing Grace. It’s much different than my story; but His Grace is just as amazing. Enjoy this video. Chuck Norris even commented on this video.