Luke records a significant detail in Luke 22:61: “And the Lord turned and looked at Peter.” Jesus was in Caiaphas’s house, a man of sorrows approaching his death. At the precise moment of Peter’s denial, the rooster crowed, and Jesus, likely looking out the window, locked eyes with the apostle. How do you think JesusContinue reading “When Christ Looked at Peter”
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Did Jesus Have a Tattoo?
Our oldest son was in his early twenties when he came home with phaino, the Greek word for “shine” used in Philippians 2:15, on his arm. When asked the “why” behind his decision, he said he hoped people might ask him about it, giving him an opportunity to share his faith. I appreciated his responseContinue reading “Did Jesus Have a Tattoo?”
A List to Die For
Most people are familiar with the term “bucket list,” which describes a list of things a person wants to accomplish (places to visit, people to see, etc.) before they “kick the bucket,” or die. The term became part of the popular vocabulary because of the 2007 movie The Bucket List, which chronicles the exploits ofContinue reading “A List to Die For”
Who Is Jesus to You?
Paul planted a church community in the city of Corinth, about fifty miles west of Athens, Greece. He was a spiritual father to the believers there, the one who first brought them the gospel. That’s why he was so jealous for their spiritual well-being, bringing both correction and encouragement in his letters to them. InContinue reading “Who Is Jesus to You?”
Jesus In His Own Words
Matthew 11:28-29; John 8:28-29 I’ve been involved in a serious study of Scripture for more than fifty years of my life, and in all that time I have found only one place where Jesus Christ—in His own words—describes His own “inner man.” In doing so, He uses only two words. Unlike most celebrities, those wordsContinue reading “Jesus In His Own Words”
Would You Recognize Jesus?
Matthew 11:28-29 A familiar essay anonymously written many years ago says this about Jesus Christ: Nineteen long centuries have come and gone and today he is the centerpiece of the human race and the leader of the column of progress. I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that everContinue reading “Would You Recognize Jesus?”
The Very Flame of God?
There’s something marvelous about standing outside on a summer night and watching a storm front roll in. The thick clouds block out the glow of the moon and stars above, and everything is wrapped in heavy darkness. Then, for a brief moment, that darkness is shattered as lightning streaks across the sky with blinding brilliance.Continue reading “The Very Flame of God?”
Your Treasures in Heaven
Jesus taught about treasures in Heaven on several occasions. This is not simply a matter of wisdom and good works applied to money and possessions. Our attitude to treasure analyses and reveals the state of our hearts. His promises reveal an enticing vision of our gospel inheritance. In the following passage notice the parallel negativeContinue reading “Your Treasures in Heaven”
It’s All About Jesus
If you grew up in church, you’re probably familiar with the well-known Bible stories. You’ve marveled at Noah’s floating zoo, you’ve faced down giants in your life like David, maybe you’ve even dared to be a Daniel. And that’s just the Old Testament. In the Gospels you learned about Jesus’s miracles, and perhaps also thatContinue reading “It’s All About Jesus”
What’s Love Got to Do With It
It is virtually impossible to exaggerate the importance of love. Nothing is more basic to true spirituality than this singular virtue. Nothing is more central to Christian living. At the very heart of authentic discipleship is love. Without love, we are nothing. When Jesus was asked, “Which is the great commandment in the Law?” (Matt.Continue reading “What’s Love Got to Do With It”