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Mourning As Jesus Mourned (by Jeremy Utley)
I’ve been blessed to be taught that Jesus did before He taught, and how, at the very onset of His ministry, “it was quite apparent that He was living everything He was saying” (Matthew 7:29 Message paraphrase). It’s amazing to me to meditate on this statement at the end of the Sermon on the Mount, a...

Keep Yourself in the Love of God (by Jeremy Utley)
“The foolish said to the prudent, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.'” ‭‭(Matthew‬ ‭25:8‬ - ‭NASB‬‬)   The story of the virgins is an illustration of what will happen in the last days: there will be some who will be invited into the presence of the Lord, and there will be others......

4 Distractions To Devotion (by Bobby McDonald)
4 Distractions To Devotion   In 1 Corinthians 7:35, Paul uses a phrase in which he expresses to the Corinthians his desire for them.  The phrase is “undistracted devotion.”  He used it in reference as a reason for some single people to remain single, if God gives them the grace to do that.  But I be...

Be Willing To Be Emptied (by Jeremy Utley)
Be Willing To Be Emptied “...Saul said, "Because I saw that the people were scattering from me, and that you did not come within the appointed days, and that the Philistines were assembling at Michmash, therefore I said, 'Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not asked ...

God Doesn’t Despise Our Cries (by Jeremy Utley)
God Doesn’t Despise Our Cries     I was really blessed by a simple lesson I learned at home with my kids the other day. I was feeding our baby some breakfast in an otherwise quiet house. The other three were asleep. The baby started making noise, and because everyone in the house was asleep, I tried......

Doctrine Tested by Difficulty (by Jeremy Utley)
Doctrine Tested by Difficulty   “Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?" She said to him, "Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son ......

Practice Forgetting (by Jeremy Utley)
"Then the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?" ‭‭(Matthew‬ ‭25:34-39‬ ‭NASB‬‬...

Heap Burning Hot Coals On Your Enemy's Head (by Bobby McDonald)
Heap Burning Hot Coals On Your Enemy's Head   AN EXPERIENCE Some time back, I remember I was driving down the road and someone who was driving slowly in the lane next to me cut in front of me very fast, causing me to hit my brakes hard so I didn't rear-end him.  I honked my horn in a very angry way ......

A hasty man is worse than a fool (by Bobby McDonald)
Proverbs 19:2b “he who hurries his footsteps errs”   Proverbs 29:20 “Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him”   Recently there was a worldwide security flaw found in almost all of the computers in the world. As a response, I'm hearing that many companie......

What does it mean to be “In Christ”? (by Bobby McDonald)
What does it mean to be “In Christ”?   One of my favorite verses that always encourages me is Romans 8:1 – “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” The Bible often uses the phrase “in Christ”.  I did a search and found that the phrase “in Christ” occurs 89 times in the New T......

When the time finally comes... (by Jeremy Utley)
The Holy Spirit’s way of explaining why Jesus was able to avoid what looked like certain death was to simply say, “His hour had not yet come” (see John 7:30 and John 8:20). This explanation reminds us how Jesus was able to continue with His ministry even in the face of opposition, because He knew th......

Craving For No Mention (by Jeremy Utley)
“Jesus, finding a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written, "FEAR NOT, DAUGHTER OF ZION; BEHOLD, YOUR KING IS COMING, SEATED ON A DONKEY'S COLT."” ‭‭John‬ ‭12:14-15‬ ‭NASB‬‬   I liked seeing this, that it says here only that “Jesus, finding a donkey…” In a sense, I think it is the truest account of...

A Desire For Understanding (by Bobby McDonald)
As believers, above all, we want to know the Lord intimately, and we want to fear Him.  I was blessed by this verse in Proverbs 2 that answers the question: How can we gain a knowledge of God and know what it means to fear Him?   God’s Word tells us in Proverbs 2:3-5, “For if you cry for discernment...

The Lord's calming of us is much more important than calming the storm (by Bobby McDonald)
Matthew 14:29 And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”31 Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and *said to him, “You......

The Right Response To Victory (by Jeremy Utley)
God will not share His glory with another (Isaiah 42:8). So we must be especially careful after we win a victory in our Christian lives, that we seek to give Him all the glory, and not take any of it to ourselves. Anytime we become aware of victory, we should recognize that even in that simple aware......

What Gideon's Victory and Failure Teach Me About Building the Church (by Jeremy Utley)
One of the distinctive characteristics of a new covenant church is the hope we hold, of being the "Body of Christ" in a very practical way. Such a church seeks for every single member to be a fully functioning member of the body, because "...the proper working of each individual part, causes the gro......

God's Love is Meat for the Mature, too (by Jeremy Utley)
“...Your lovingkindness is better than life...” Psalms 63:3 NASB This verse that has been a real challenge to me recently. It's easy enough to believe intellectually that this statement is true, and to agree that it is a theologically correct assessment of an objective reality. But what challenges m......

The 'Always' Life (by Bobby McDonald)
"Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)   These three verses in 1 Thessalonians 5 give me a wonderful glimpse at what God wants my life to look like all the time, regardless of if I'm at home, at wor...

What makes an act or a decision a 'great' one? (by Jeremy Utley)
I am learning that the greatness of an act or a decision is not determined by the measurable impact (outcome), but by the faith that motivated it (input). The motivation is what God cares about, much more than the outward impact. A couple of questions to illustrate this point:   Could regularly deci......

The Holy Spirit Strengthens (by Bobby McDonald)
I’ve noticed that I sometimes encounter similar trials or temptations throughout life.  But I’m encouraged when I see progress, where I’m able to handle a particular situation much more easily than I would have in previous years.  When I see this I believe it is a mark that the Holy Spirit has been ......

Why God is forced to pace our victory (by Jeremy Utley)
“The LORD your God will clear away these nations before you little by little; you will not be able to put an end to them quickly, for the wild beasts would grow too numerous for you.” ‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭7:22‬ ‭NASB‬‬ God wouldn't allow Israel to conquer the inhabitants of the promised land too quic......

What Jesus saw in one whom He called (by Jeremy Utley)
I find when I consider the call of the Lord that I start in the wrong order. I start with "will I leave everything and follow Jesus?," as it says of Peter in Luke 5:11. But reading the story of His calling again today, I see that that is the end of the story, not the beginning. Three things I see fr......

How do we humble ourselves? (by Bobby McDonald)
The Bible tells us in 1 Peter 5:6 to humble ourselves before the mighty hand of God: “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time”   What does it mean to humble ourselves? The best definition of this comes from the life of Jesus and the Bible te......

Praying is Prevailing (by Jeremy Utley)
I have been blessed to see how the Lord has emphasized the importance of prayer to our church family during the last several weeks. There are a couple of pictures which have helped me grow in my belief that "prayer is the most powerful weapon available to me as a child of God."  Picture One: The Arm...

Rejoicing in the Lord's work, not in our own performance (by Bobby McDonald)
The Pharisees had a false comfort, satisfaction and joy in this: that they had God’s law, and they obeyed it well (Luke 18:11-12).  They rejoiced because they believed they were very spiritual, based on their own performance.   I’ve seen that it’s a temptation to root my joy in my current performanc......

Your labor for the Lord is not in vain (by Bobby McDonald)
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:58) The Bible tells us to ‘abound in the work of the Lord’ – to serve Him diligently and consistently.  Many times when we serve t......

Reject Your Earthly Heritage and Imitate Godly Spiritual Leaders (by Jeremy Utley)
"A day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside." (Psalms 84:10 NASB) This Psalm was written by “the sons of Korah.” As I mentioned in my last blog, Korah was not a man worth imitating. In the New Testament, we are commanded to avoid his lifestyle (Jude 1:11). Korah was utterly destroyed fro......

My Bible And The Upcoming Elections (by Sandeep Poonen)
Our church recently completed a verse by verse study of the book of Daniel. I learned some invaluable lessons that have helped me with the upcoming U.S. elections:   1. All Earthly Kingdoms pale in comparison to the Kingdom of Jesus: In Daniel 2, we read that the king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezza......

Why I don't celebrate Halloween (by Sandeep Poonen)
One of my children recently came home reciting this rhyme learned while at school. “Witches, ghosts, and goblins, walking down the street Knock on every doorway, ‘Trick or treat!’” I was shocked by how my child, in all innocence, could sing so casually and trivially about such scary things. I......

The Virtue Of Submission (by Jeremy Utley)
Submission is a virtue in the Bible. But it is not one that is greatly appreciated, or perhaps even regarded as a virtue, in our day. You won't hear any Board of Directors proclaiming that one of their company’s core values is submission. Far from it. The fact that that sounds ridiculous merely unde...

Spirituality and Worship (by Bobby McDonald)
God made man very different from the animals.  First of all He made us in His image (Gen 1:26-27), He breathed His own breath into us, giving us life (Gen 2:7), and He gave us each something that no animal has - a spirit (1 Cor 2:11).  Not even the smartest animals on earth, (no matter how much DNA ...

Growing under God's appointed discipline (by Jeremy Utley)
Following up on something I shared recently in our church about Hebrews 12, I have continued to meditate on how we need to renew our minds to see God's discipline as His love. This requires a radical shift in our thinking, because to our natural man, difficulty is not pleasant, but painful. Even Heb......

Holiness Without Fellowship is a Deception (by Jeremy Utley)
I have been reflecting on the wonderful conference that our local church hosted a couple of weeks back, on the theme of "The Balanced Christian Life." One thing that struck me at the conference, and has continued to convict me, is when Brother Zac Poonen stated, "Holiness without fellowship is a dec......

The way out of spiritual paralysis (by Bobby McDonald)
John 5:6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He *said to him, “Do you wish to get well?” 7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I am coming, another steps down befor......

Be on guard against scattered living (by Jeremy Utley)
“Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap;” Luke‬ 21:34 NASB‬‬  Speaking of His return to earth, Jesus exhorts us to prepare by guarding ourselves against three thin......

Faith and patience bring rest (by Bobby McDonald)
Hebrews 6:12 “so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” I've seen in my life that faith and patience are tied together.  If I can't be patient to wait on the Lord, my faith will start to shake.  In 2 Peter chapter 3 it seems so......

Leave the blessings of Babylon to build the church (by Jeremy Utley)
The salvation described in the Old Testament book of Esther is amazing:  God’s people experienced sovereign deliverance from their enemies’ evil plans; their enemies were defeated in dramatic fashion; they grew in wealth, fame, and influence. Sounds great, huh? We can read this story and gather t......

Don't be surprised by suffering! (by Jeremy Utley)
“Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:1......

Love makes a servant (by Bobby McDonald)
I’ve heard that the purest human love in the world is the love a mother has for her child.  A mother denies herself constantly day and night, doing many lowly tasks for her child because of love.  If the child has a dirty diaper, she never says ‘that’s not my gift’.  She changes the diaper because i...

Don't be offended by Jesus (by Jeremy Utley)
“Blessed is he who does not take offense at Me."” ‭‭Luke‬ ‭7:23‬ ‭NASB‬‬   It is so important to not be offended at the words of Jesus. This may seem obvious, but we find many instances in the scriptures of people who, despite appearing sincere, were yet unwilling to obey Him when He said something ...

Satan's scheme to cause division (by Bobby McDonald)
SATAN’S MAJOR SCHEME The Bible says that Satan has schemes that he tries to use against believers: 2 Corinthians 2:11 “so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes” I’ve learned it helps me to look at context of a verse (what’s before and what’s after it......

Storing Up Treasures In Heaven (by Jeremy Utley)
“"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will......

Handling disagreements in marriage (by Jeremy Utley)
Disagreements in human relationships are inevitable, even among those who are sincere believers. As Christians, we believe there are certain things which we should never even consider in times of difficulty. For example, when we are upset, we will never even consider killing our opponent. It's laugh......

What real love looks like (by Bobby McDonald)
As a parent, one thing I’ve come to learn is that true love for someone does not mean you give them whatever they want.  For example, my children would like to eat donuts every night for dinner.  In this situation, my love for them is the very reason that I deny them what they want.  When I deny the...

The Practice of Daily Life (by Jeremy Utley)
"For My people are foolish,  They know Me not;  They are stupid children  And have no understanding.  They are shrewd to do evil,  But to do good they do not know." ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭4:22‬ ‭NASB‬‬   The Lord's criticism of Israel in this verse made me ask myself, What am I shrewd to do? Am I learning mor...

Difficult People (by Bobby McDonald)
Jesus had His share of difficult people to interact with in His life.  Some scorned Him, some persecuted Him, some scoffed at Him and others just neglected or ignored Him.  He had people yelling at Him, spitting on Him, arguing with Him, trying to trap Him, and trying to kill Him.   Every one of us ...

Reasons why God may not hear our prayers - part 1 (by Jeremy Utley)
We rightly combat the feelings that tell us, "I need to get cleaned up before I come to God" and "I just need to get a little better before I return to Him." The truth is that we need only to turn to God and trust that He welcomes us. He is a Father Who comes running as soon as He sees that we have ......

Jesus, my Perfect High Priest (by Jeremy Utley)
Jesus, my Perfect High Priest   Jesus was perfect, yet still came to be A perfect High Priest sympathetic to me. Great mystery that He was perfected still By taking His cross and denying His will.   It's God Who conceived of this work to be done By giving me life in deliv'ring His Son. He endured fo......

Willingness To Be Interrupted (by Bobby McDonald)
I’ve noticed in my flesh a very simple indicator of selfishness:  An annoyance in myself when being interrupted by people.   For example: I’m at work in the middle of working on and important project and I suddenly get a phone call from someone who frequently needs my assistance.  Or I’m walking......

The way into God's home (by Bobby McDonald)
GOD’S HOME   God has a home with many rooms in it, and Jesus prepared a place for us there (John 14:2)!  One day we will enter that home in person, but we don’t have to wait do dwell in the same house with Him.  He promised that He will come live with us and make His home with us here on earth, if w...

Relying upon God in all our affairs (by Jeremy Utley)
The story of Asa, King of Judah, has taught me a lot about how to conduct myself in the world. I have been seeking to understand how to handle various "attacks" (of the modern, 21st century workplace variety -- no weapons other than email and contracts!), and I feel the Lord has given me some insigh......

Feeding on God's faithfulness (by Jeremy Utley)
“Trust in the LORD and do good;  Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.  Delight yourself in the LORD;  And He will give you the desires of your heart.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭37:3-4 NASB‬‬   The margin of my bible tells me that the phrase, "cultivate faithfulness," can also be translated as "feed on His......

The measure of love (by Bobby McDonald)
Can love be measured?  We can’t put a number on it, but I believe the measure of love is how much a person is willing to give up for someone else.   For example, John 3:16 shows the measure of God’s love for the world: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Hi...

Living A God-Centered Life (by Jeremy Utley)
There's a story in the Old Testament that has taught me several important lessons about living my life centered around God. Through the rise and fall of King Hezekiah, I have seen that when God is the center of our lives, our prayers reflect a concern for His name and glory, our definition of God's ...

Trust the Provider, not the provision (by Jeremy Utley)
The word of the LORD came to him, saying, "Go away from here and turn eastward, and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. It shall be that you will drink of the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to provide for you there." So he went and did according to the word of th......

Surrender is a predetermination to obey God (by Bobby McDonald)
I have to make the decision to surrender my thought life to God.  I have to say ‘Lord I don’t want to just let my mind wander wherever it wants, I don’t want my mind to be consumed with myself, I want it to be consumed with what you want and what you desire.’  Specifically with regard to sin, I don’......

Suffering and Comfort (by Jeremy Utley)
For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. - 2 Corinthians‬ ‭1‬:‭5‬ NASB   Recently, I faced a situation which required a certain degree of suffering in my flesh. As I sought the Lord to show me what He wanted me to learn in allowing t...

A Hostile Mind (by Bobby McDonald)
Colossians 1:21 “And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, 22 yet He has now reconciled you…” Romans 8:7 “the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so,”   A HOSTILE MIND ...

The path of the righteous shines brighter (by Jeremy Utley)
This past week a brother was baptized in our church. The baptism celebration got me thinking about what I wished I knew about the Christian life when I was baptized that I only learned later. There are lots of things, but one verse in particular came to mind, as it is from the passage we've been mem......

Asking God for help all the time (by Bobby McDonald)
We understand that faith in God is marked by dependence upon Him and confidence in Him.  Therefore, we can say that a dependent life is the only kind of life that is pleasing God, because God said “And without faith it is impossible to please Him” (Heb 11:6). I believe one of the marks of someone wh......

Walking On Eggshells (by Bobby McDonald)
There’s a saying in the English language called ‘walking on eggshells’.  Another way it could be translated is ‘having to speak and act very carefully in order not to offend someone.’  You get the picture of a person having to walk very lightly on a bed of half-cut eggshells turned upside-down and i...

What was Jesus like (by Bobby McDonald)
I sometimes wonder what Jesus was like during the 30 years He lived on the earth, before He started His ministry.  Since Jesus never preached anything He didn’t practice (Acts 1:1 – DO and TEACH), I believe we can look at the Sermon on the Mount and rightfully say ‘This is what Jesus was like for th...

The sin of immodesty (by Bobby McDonald)
When we read about immodesty, most of us probably think about women and the kind of dress that they wear.  Indeed, the Bible (e.g. 1 Timothy 2:9-10) specifically writes to address modesty in a woman’s dress. But I’ve realized that at the core of the sin of immodesty is an attitude which both men and...

Put on a heart of compassion (by Bobby McDonald)
Col 3:12 “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” One time the disciples were walking with Jesus after being rejected by a group of Samaritans and the disciples asked Him, "Lord, do You want us to comm......

Godliness in God's eyes vs godliness in man's eyes (by Bobby McDonald)
I was recently reminded of a very important principle that someone told me: “Any truth you find that brings you closer to Christ must work for a single mother of 5.”  In other words, there are many good ideas that people have about how to live and draw near to God, but many of them are just theory t......

Longing for the pure milk of the word (by Jeremy Utley)
Having had our second child recently, the Lord is reminding me of some things that I have noticed, both about childhood and fatherhood. Since we're called to become like children (Matt 18:3), and since we are called to imitate our Heavenly Father (Matt 5:48), I have taken these observations seriousl......

The progression of Peter's faith (by Bobby McDonald)
In our church we’ve often defined faith as dependence and confidence in God.  The opposite of this is confidence and dependence in ourselves. I don’t believe we all start out with full of faith like this we should, but God helps us to mature in this area over time.  Peter’s life demonstrates this.  ......

When Jesus bled alone (by Sandeep Poonen)
There are two separate times when Jesus suffered so greatly that he bled.  One time was when others hit Him.  But the other time was when nobody was within even a stone’s throw of Him. Jesus bled while on Calvary.  And most Christians are well aware of this.  But Jesus also bled in Gethsemane.  And ...

Investing your talents (by Bobby McDonald)
I’ve known a man for many years who from what I’ve seen is full of natural grace.  I’ve never seen him angry or anxious, he’s naturally very calm.  He has a child, and I’ve seen his child get out of hand and I watched as he disciplined his child with much grace and without anger.  He’s very generous...

Knowing and claiming the promises of God (by Jeremy Utley)
"If you seek the Lord, you will find Him" seems to be a true and Biblical statement, but reading through the Proverbs has taught me to be careful to blindly claim promises backed only by conventional wisdom. There are statements, like this one, which are so commonplace that it is easy to blindly acc......

Losing our lives for Jesus' sake (by Bobby McDonald)
THE STORY OF JOSEPH At one time in their lives Joseph’s brothers were driven by jealousy to throw him into a pit, and to sell their young brother into slavery for life.  But many years passed and at the end of the story you find the same brothers willing to sacrifice their own lives for the sake of ......

Two spiritual statements that the church makes through head coverings (by Sandeep Poonen)
We believe that the practice of head covering as described in 1 Corinthians 11:1-19 applies even today. There are some physical acts that we as Christians perform as external expressions of an inward reality.  For example, we prescribe adult baptism for all Christians as a way of demonstrating the i......

Hearing God in the unclear times (by Bobby McDonald)
Like Jesus who came to do the will of His Father (Jn 6:38), a Christian who is whole-hearted will be most serious in life about accomplishing God’s will.  God’s primary will for us is clear – to become like Christ (Rom 8:29).  This means we strive to overcome sin because it grieves God, and we striv......

Obedience is better than sacrifice (by Bobby McDonald)
1 Sam 15:22 “Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams” SAUL 1 Samuel 15 explains why the first king of Israel (king Saul) lost his kingdom.  God told him to defeat th......

Choking the desire for God (by Bobby McDonald)
2Tim 2:4 “No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.” The Bible compares the Christian life to many things.  It compares it to a man who sells everything he has to buy a single pearl (Matt 13:4), to bei...

The greatest person who ever lived (by Sandeep Poonen)
Question:  Why is Jesus so unique and special to you?  How can you possibly say that He is the only way? Answer: This is one of the most frequently-asked questions that non-Christians have about the Christian faith.  The very name of our religion has the name of Jesus Christ embedded in it, and ther......

The humble child (by Sun Kim)
This year, I decided to study humility—humility, in God's eyes, not by man's standards. There are numerous figures from the Bible who were commended for being humble: Jesus, "the humble King" (Zechariah 9:9) John the Baptist, "the greatest man, but only a voice" (John 1:23) Moses, "the humblest m...

Better is one day (by Sandeep Poonen)
There is a popular song that is sung in a lot of Christian churches (especially in the West):  Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.  This line is found in Psalm 84:10 - For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside.  I would rather stand at the threshold of the ho...

Patiently bear your cross (by Bobby McDonald)
1 Peter 4:12-13 “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the - revelation of His glory you may ...

Don't lose your first love (by Bobby McDonald)
In Revelation 2:1-7, Jesus has a word for the church of Ephesus.  This was a church that had the privilege (a few decades earlier) of having the apostle Paul stay with them for 3 years (Acts 20:31).  Now, several years later, Jesus commends them because they persevered through some very hard times (...

The humility of Mephibosheth (by Bobby McDonald)
Lamentations 3:39 - What is man or any mortal to complain about anything in light of his sins? In this verse, the Bible commands us never to complain about anything because we have no right to "in light of our sins". As sinners, we have to see that we don’t deserve anything – all the good that we ha......

Asking ourselves 'Where is the Lord?' (by Jeremy Utley)
Jeremiah 2:1-9  1 Now the word of the LORD came to me saying, 2 “Go and proclaim in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD, “I remember concerning you the devotion of your youth,  The love of your betrothals,  Your following after Me in the wilderness, through a land not sown.  3 “Israel......

Eric Liddel (by Sandeep Poonen)
If you don't know Eric Liddell, you really need to learn more about him.  Maybe instead of jumping to read Oprah's book recommendation, consider reading a biography of Eric Liddell! :-) He's probably most famous for the movie that was made about him, "Chariots of Fire" - where he forfeited hi...