When Jesus used the word “blessed” and “poor” in the same sentence, He rocked the boat of modern thinking. When Jesus started His sermon in Matthew 5 with “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven,” He intentionally sent a bold message that the way of God’s kingdom is inverse … Continue reading JESUS SAID: You’re Blessed When You’re at the End of Your Rope
Good morning. So what’s on your mind right now? Are you struggling? Are you tired? Are you discouraged? Are you hurting? Do you feel like you can’t get a break in anything you do? Jesus has just one thing to say to you today: “I forgive your sins.” That’s it! Can you imagine how the … Continue reading JESUS SAID: I Forgive Your Sins
If you were setting out on a trip, would you start without a plan, a map, or an destination? For most people, the instantaneous and absolute answer would be “no”. Why would you even think of launching out on a trip without a plan? For many of us, though, without even thinking about it, we … Continue reading JESUS SAID: I Am the Way
Jesus said: "Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?" (John 11:40). This question is asked by Jesus in the context of Him getting ready to raise Lazarus from the dead. Jesus is implying that there would be a manifestation of the glory of God in raising … Continue reading JESUS SAID: Did I Not Tell You That If You Believe, You Will See the Glory of God?
Why are you afraid? Have you ever been asked that question? And why would anyone ask it? I’ve pondered this question for sometime now because I have been asked that question before. When I am asked that question, I usually have one of two responses: I get defensive because admitting that I’m afraid seems weak, … Continue reading JESUS SAID: Why are you afraid?
Today we are going to read a story in Luke 5:17-26 (NIV). On the surface, it is a story about Jesus forgiving and healing a man who could not walk. This is an amazing story of Jesus and his heart for people, and one that we should never forget. But instead, today, we are going … Continue reading JESUS SAID: Why are you thinking these things?
It’s a new day. How are you going to start it? Let’s look at Luke 11:9-10 to get some ideas. As you read this text, look for the key words that stand out to you. “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and … Continue reading JESUS SAID: Ask
JESUS SAID: Hurry Down When Jesus got to the tree where Zacchaeus was, he looked up and said, "Zacchaeus, hurry down. Today is my day to be a guest in your home." Everyday, just by virtue of a new day, we start over to seek meaning, love, understanding, and significance. So today, instead of rushing … Continue reading JESUS SAID: Hurry Down!
Did you know that God is happy with you? He is also happy to do things for you. What I’m trying to do here is get you to relax, not be so preoccupied with getting so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these … Continue reading God Is Happy With You
Today, let's use the Sweet Spot with God Framework (TM) to understand and play the message of John 15:16. Let's start by reading the scripture in the New International Version (NIV). John 15:16 NIV: You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so … Continue reading JESUS SAID: I Chose You