“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest” (Psalm 22:1).
When we read the languish-laden words of the Psalmist, do we not wonder how it is that David, the man after God’s own heart, was unable to compose a cry to bend the Father’s heart? And then, how do these once prophetic words fall from the parched lips of the dying Son, the man of God’s own heart? How hard it is to understand.
“Bear fruit worthy of repentance” Luke 3:8. We are told John’s mission was to “proclaim a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sin” (3:3) as a preparation for the arrival of God’s Son. He is the preparation committee. Jesus … Continue reading →
“For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all all she had to live on” Mark 12:44. Abundance. Beyond it being a fun word to say, … Continue reading →
“Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you” Mark 5:19. The man who had the legion of demons has one desire: be with Jesus. Can … Continue reading →
How do you personalize the Bible’s teaching? Do you pick the stories and verses you like to make an example out of your own goodness? Maybe you just mentally cut and paste the ones that challenge you too much? A … Continue reading →
“The greatest among you will be your servant. All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted” Matthew 23:11-12. Merciful Lord, Forgive me for the timesI have not practiced what I teach. What grief … Continue reading →
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field” Matthew 13:44. Not once, but twice yesterday … Continue reading →
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” Matthew 5:3. Jesus tells us two types of people receive the kingdom of God: the poor in spirit and those persecuted for righteousness sake. It makes sense. … Continue reading →
It is impossible to approach the magnitude of Easter without gazing on the beauty of Christ’s forgiveness and its subsequent demand on us. Consider Amy Carmichael’s reflection: If I have not compassion on my fellow-servant even as my Lord had … Continue reading →
“Irritability is the antithesis of charity. It is not merely a way of complaining, therefore, but actually a way of hating.” ~Phil Ryken (Loving the Way Jesus Loves) Ouch. I confess, I am easily irritated. My skin is thin. My … Continue reading →