When you can’t provide

When you can’t provide

“You give them something to eat,” Jesus said (Matthew 14:16). The question took the disciples by surprise. The Lord has just asked them where they could get bread to feed 5,000 men, plus women and children. Where indeed? The disciples looked for money to buy food. Philip, a little known disciple, said they would need […]

God’s Power in You

God’s Power in You

Jesus’ words and deeds on the night of the Last Supper were focused on helping the disciples grasp a truth as revolutionary as the first use of an incandescent light. “On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you” (John 14:20). In […]

A word Jesus used 10 times in 3 verses

A word Jesus used 10 times in 3 verses

Confused and afraid the disciples left the upper room and stepped onto the narrow Jerusalem street.  They felt the frigid air nip at their faces and cut through their robes.  Holding their fluttering torches high they followed Jesus out of the city.  Suddenly he stopped.  A key moment had arrived.  He would tell them, in […]

When you lack the needed faith

When you lack the needed faith

We all face situations where a gap exists between the faith we have and the faith needed to release the power of God into a situation. Like the dad who begged the Lord’s disciples to evict a demon from his son. The evil spirit would trigger convulsions and try to kill the boy by throwing […]

Jesus’ six reasons to give  thanks

Jesus’ six reasons to give thanks

I got the list from Jesus, really. One day the Lord told his followers why they should trust in God and not worry (Matthew 6:26-33). I realize Thanksgiving isn’t a season of worry but gratitude. But I also know in order to give thanks we need to get past distracting worries. Here’s the Lord’s six […]