“Crucify Him!”

In today’s Bible reading, John records Jesus’ appearing before Pontius Pilate. The Jewish leaders urge Pilate to sentence Jesus to death. They tell the Roman ruler that he is no friend of Caesar if he doesn’t sentence Jesus to death. But Pilate doesn’t think Jesus is guilty of anything, especially of Roman laws. He tells…

Come As You Are, But Don’t Stay As You Are

In today’s Bible reading, John says that our relationship with God doesn’t exist in a vacuum. How we live affects our relationship with God. And how we live with others affects our relationship with God. Coming into a relationship with God is a free offer. There are no demands on us. We don’t have to…

Do You Pass the Test?

I’ve had my share of tests. I’ve done well on many. I’ve done poorly on some. In today’s Bible reading, Paul urges the Corinthians to examine themselves to see if they pass the test of faith. (2 Corinthians 13:5) Actually, Paul asks the Corinthians two question: 1) Are you in the faith? and 2) Do…

Reconciled

Again, I’ll highlight what I have said before, that when you see a word or phrase repeated in close proximity in the Bible, it’s a signal of its importance. In today’s Bible reading, Paul uses reconcile five times in only three verses. (2 Corinthians 5:18-20) The word reconcile is used in accounting. You may have…

It’s Worth It!

Paul brings out a very important and highly applicable point in today’s Bible reading. I’ve already pointed out that the Corinthian church had many problems, including pride and narcissism. They thought it was all about them. This worldview is man-centered or anthropocentric. If their ideas were correct, then what could they think when they go…