After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.  For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom […]

(This message is based on Luke 15:11-31.) Today is Father’s Day, and we are going to mark that occasion by reflecting on a story that Jesus told of a father with two sons. It is recorded in Luke 15:11-31, so if you like to turn there on your Bible app on your smartphone or in […]

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live even though they die, and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26) Jesus is the Master of the metaphor. When he describes himself using a metaphor, he not […]

“Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” (John 2:10) Sometimes my heart breaks over the difference between what is and what should be. For example, when I hear stories in the news of […]

Shameless, Audacious Prayer – May 25, 2016 [Jesus said,] I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need. (Luke 11:8) When Jesus’ disciples asked him to teach them […]

When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time. (Luke 4:13) In Luke 4:1-13, we read that Jesus was tempted for forty days by the devil. Can you imagine what that was like for Jesus? Because he is fasting, he is tired and weak, and then he has this lying, cheating, […]

Loving Yourself – May 11, 2016 [Jesus said,] “The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’” (Mark 12:31a) What is often called the Great Commandment is really three commands to love: love God, love your neighbour and love yourself. Living as we do in the Age of Narcissism, one would think that the third […]


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