A Contrasting Prayer for a Church

As we continue along our path of uniting two church bodies into one, it’s appropriate to look at the prayers like the one that Paul prayed for the Thessalonian church in today’s Bible reading. Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you. And may the Lord cause…

Go and Bear Fruit

Jesus gives us our purpose in today’s Bible reading: bear fruit. He is the true Vine. And Believers are branches attached to the True Vine. The responsibilities of the branches are to stay connected with the Vine and let the life of the Vine flow through them. Union and Communion. As long as a Believer…

Jesus Wept

In today’s Bible reading, Jesus’ friends sent word that his friend Lazarus has died. Jesus knows that He will raise his friend from the dead. And yet, when He approaches His friend’s grave, He weeps. (John 11:35) The Jewish bystanders correctly observe that Jesus could have kept Lazarus from dying in the first place. I’m…

Truth AND Love

John is often called “John the Beloved”; he refers to himself as “The disciple Jesus loved”. (John 20:2) In today’s Bible reading, John emphasizes the two-pronged approach to pleasing God: Love and Truth. (2 John 1:4-6, 9) If you’re going to walk with Jesus, you can’t have one without the other. Each day, as I…

Haters Gonna Hate

In today’s Bible reading, John offers the comforting words that haters are going to hate Believers. Gee, thanks John! You sound just like Job’s encouraging friends! But hould we really expect anything else from lost people? Lost people are going to act like lost people! Besides, if they hated Jesus, why would they feel different…