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Archives for January 2018

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What if you don't know what you're asking?

We have an opportunity to practice the discipline of trust. We can relax into the watchful care of our wise God....

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What would you ask?

Imagine Jesus turned to you and asked you: “What do you want me to do for you?” ...

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Willing to pay attention

As we pour out our hearts to him, he hears us and responds in love. That doesn’t always mean giving us what we ask for, but it always means giving us his best....

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Depending on each other

God’s invitation to “together” is the only pathway to “better.”...

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Sending with authority

There’s no sending without authority and there's no authority without sending....

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Don't go it alone

We need to be “together” in our pursuit of the “better.”...

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Not in a large group

Why didn’t Jesus send them out as one big group?...

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Grit in the face of rejection

As Jesus continued to faithfully visit town after town ...

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Leaving the family business

Following Jesus does, at times, come with a cost. He doesn’t offer us cheap discipleship....

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Drop your nets

Jesus’ invitation to follow him requires us time and time again to leave our nets, to leave behind even the good things that will distract us from following him....

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Go Fish

What do you do when you come to one of Jesus’ metaphors?...

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Shaped from the Beginning

Jesus flips the script. He calls uneducated fishermen. He initiates the relationship. And that changes how the whole thing would work....

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Different and Alike

Every movement has a starting place....

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Coming and Going

Don’t miss his purpose. Don’t miss his invitation....

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That is why I have come

The dance between his Father and his friends, between solitary prayer and community life, that created an environment that was primed for Jesus to discover and rediscover his purpose....

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Bypassing Honor

Jesus’ decision to move on to other towns and villages to preach meant that he wouldn’t be able to stick around to enjoy the honor and gratitude of all of the people he had directly and indirectly helped....

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Prayer and Purpose

God the Son ...

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Everyone's looking for you

How does the tug of popularity pull on your heart? ...

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A Patch of Green Grass

Our world is thirsty for “green grass,” for places where people can sit down together and connect with each other in meaningful ways....

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When God hands you broken bread

Don’t ever think that your small loaf of bread and your few fish aren’t enough to make a difference....

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Why feed the crowd?

Great Bible study involves letting your imagination roam through a text, seeking understanding and insight....

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For the sake of compassion

Watch out for God’s great compassion! His compassion will change the course of history. His compassion can transform your life....

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Quiet and Rest

There’s a rest that comes from quiet and a rest that comes from depending on Jesus. We, like Jesus’ disciples, need both....

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