Author Archives: James Paulgaard

The Precious Light


He said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? (Mark 4:21) We have an abundance of artificial light in the world today. We simply flip a switch and a room can become lit up like it is daylight […]

Focus


Before He ascended into heaven, the resurrected Jesus told us what the focus of every Christian church ought to be. It is not about what I want or what you want or what the person sitting next to you during worship wants. The focus of every church should be making disciples, that is, students, or […]

This is Love


[Jesus said,] “…Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.” (Mt. 17:27b) This passage (verses 24-27) is very rich in several ways. First, by asking questions, Jesus teaches Peter and us that our Father is […]

Rootedness


September is the month when things get really busy for many people. Vacation time is over, children go back to school and their parents struggle to manage the over-crowded family calendar. University and college students head to class, some for the first time, while others settle back in at jobs with six weeks until the […]

Sunday’s Coming


Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness… (Matthew 5:10a) I have trouble figuring out the Beatitudes (Mt. 5:3-12). Jesus is telling us, through these famous words, that we are blessed when we are poor in spirit, when we grieve, when we are persecuted, etc. The problem is that I do not feel very […]

He Calls Us by Name


Jesus said to her, “Mary.” (John 20:16a) On the first Easter Sunday morning, Peter, John (the one that Jesus loved) and Mary Magdalene all knew that Jesus had said that He would rise from the dead, and that His tomb was empty, but they still did not understand that Jesus actually did rise from the […]

Rest for Our Souls


In Matthew chapters 10 and 11 are two passages that are both important and, I think, connect to each other, even though we don’t usually think of them in that way. The first of these two passages is part of a long address that Jesus gives to His disciples as He sends them out. As […]