Do We Want To Get Well?

In John 5, Jesus asks the man who had been crippled for 38 years, “do you want to get well?”. At first this seems like a cruel, insensitive question, but when you really investigate it and understand the nature of human beings, you begin to understand the reason for his question. After 38 years of…

What Recovery Requires

Look at this great message taken from “The Fax of Life” newsletter…. Lots of people have trouble understanding why Josh Hamilton called a press conference last Friday. Told the story he told. Left himself so wide open to criticism. But there is a perfectly good explanation – that some still can’t get even after hearing…

Humility Like a Child

In my morning Bible study with the residents on Matthew 18, I asked them to answer the two questions Jesus is asked by His disciples.  The first question is, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”  The second is found in verse 21 and asked by Peter, “Lord, how often will my brother…

Sufferings & Glory

“..when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow.”  I Peter 1:11 When Peter was physically with Jesus, he had a difficult time understanding the ‘sufferings of Christ’. He was ready for the glory, but didn’t like what it took to get there. People, even Christians, are the same way today.…

Second Chances

“In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope…”  I Peter 1: 3 Peter writes this letter as someone who understands what it’s like to mess up and make mistakes. Known at times as someone who would act before thinking through all the consequences. He forcibly disagreed with Jesus about…