The Power of Spiritual Expectation

The Power of Spiritual Expectation

What you expect from Jesus will determine what you receive. When Jesus visited Nazareth, his hometown, his childhood friends and neighbors were initially impressed by his words (Mark 6:2). But then they recognized him. “Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here […]

How to rebuke like Jesus

How to rebuke like Jesus

Sometimes an exhortation may take the form of a chisel that chips off a rough edge.  While the process is painful, it may be necessary.  That’s why the Apostle Paul urged Timothy to not only “correct” and “encourage” but to “rebuke” as well.  Occasionally a rebuke is the most loving thing to give, even though […]

How to smile back at 2018

How to smile back at 2018

Don’t be deceived into thinking it’s meaningless to number your days.  It isn’t.  And don’t kid yourself into thinking it’s easy.  It’s not.  Indeed, the psalmist pleaded with God to help him do just that.  In Psalm 39:4 he cried out, “Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let […]