"[The crowd] replied, 'We want to perform God's works, too. What should we do?'Jesus told them, 'This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.' "John 6:28-29 I think there is a strong tendency in us to want to "do" something, to take action. We want to fix … Continue reading Just Believe
"One of the men lying [at the pool of Bethesda] had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, 'Would you like to get well?''I can't, sir,' the sick man said, 'for I have no one to put me into the … Continue reading Ignore the Naysayers
I'm writing this post in response to a comment by blogger christenfindenruhe to my post on John the Baptist. To give a quick summary the post analyzed the answers that Jesus addressed to the crowds about the questions they had about the authenticity of John the Baptist's ministry and his credibility as a prophet. Jesus … Continue reading We All Have Doubts
The title of this post is a paraphrase of the question that is posited by Jesus Christ to those around him after John the Baptist (who is in prison at this time) sends his disciples to Jesus to try to determine whether or not Jesus is the Messiah that John had prophesied about (Matthew 11:2-3). … Continue reading What Did you Come Here to See?
I am reading through Luke these days and in Chapter 17 I found a nice little lesson on healing from Jesus' healing of the ten lepers. To set the scene we find our Lord leaving his home turf (Galilee) and entering into Samaria (actually at the border of the two territories) on his way to … Continue reading A Lesson on Healing
It's All Part of the Plan...God's Plan I have noticed that in times of struggle I get upset because things are not going the way I want them to or moreover expect them to. So much of the discontent in my life comes from violated expectations. I think things are going to go one way and they … Continue reading The Best Laid Plans…
It may sound odd to consider this a spiritual practices tip but there is much good that can be done when we acknowledge the good deeds of others (and much bad if we fail to do so). This concept of the recognition of the good deeds of another is introduced in the story of Joseph. … Continue reading Give Credit Where Credit is Due