"As you sent me into the world, So I have sent them into the world."John 17:18 John 13-17 provides us with an intimate look at Jesus’ final meeting with his disciples before his crucifixion. It’s telling that as Jesus prepared the disciples for his departure, he made one thing very clear to them: trials, tribulation, … Continue reading Mission Readiness for Woefully Weak Witnesses: How Jesus Prepares Us To Be Sent
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16 In a message on Exodus 14, Pastor Tim Keller once shared how 20th-Century Welsh minister Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones had a simple diagnostic question he would use to help determine where … Continue reading Believe: The Burden-Breaking Call of Jesus
"You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life."John 5:39-40 John 5 is an important warning on the danger of religious blindness. The chapter starts alongside the pool of … Continue reading Don’t Miss This: The Danger of Religious Blindness
During the eight years we lived in Pierre, SD, one of the things that captivated us about the area was the beauty of the Missouri River. Whenever we drove back to Pierre from visiting family in Minnesota, we were excited when the long, flat, five-hour drive was finally interrupted by beautiful rolling hills and the … Continue reading From Drought to Flood
Watch a video version of this post here. I have this color-coding system I use when I read my Bible. I highlight commands from God in green. I highlight promises from God in blue. And anything else that grabs my attention, I highlight in yellow. I was reading John 14 recently and noticed that there’s … Continue reading Prepared By The Promises
“I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me.”John 10:14 I have this sign hanging in our office at home. My grandma made it for me years ago. I’ve had it for years, but I’ve never really contemplated the magnitude of the truth it conveys through a simple twist of … Continue reading Jesus Knows Me. This I Love.
“Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.”John 17:17 The other day I was waiting in the car with my daughters as my wife ran into a store. While we waited, my girls wanted to play “Two Truths and a Lie.” If you’ve never played it before, each person in a group makes three … Continue reading Two Truths and a Lie