Lost and Found

Have you ever lost something that you treasure? Maybe it was a family heirloom. Maybe it was a gold coin that you put in a “safe place” so you wouldn’t lose it, but you lost it because you forgot where the “safe place” was. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to go to “Lost…

Count the Cost of Discipleship

In today’s Bible reading* Jesus reminds us to count the cost of following Him. It seems to be a recurring theme. I’ve said it many times, if you see words or a concept repeated in the Bible, it’s probably pretty important and you need to take note of it! Jesus begins this section with a…

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, Jesus wept. (John 11:35) The Jewish bystanders correctly observe that Jesus could have kept Lazarus from dying in the first place. I’m…

Who Sinned?

In today’s Bible reading, John tells us about Jesus’ encounter with a man who was born blind. The Jewish leaders asked Jesus about the source of his blindness. Was it his sin or his parents’ sin? Evidently, these First Century Jewish leaders believed there was a connection between sin and physical ailments. They were partially…

Faith of a Mustard Seed

In today’s Bible reading from Matthew 17, we come across a passage that is easy to misunderstand concerning “faith like a mustard seed”. Admittedly, I only came to see a nuance of this a couple of years ago. I was in our Adult Bible Study class at church and a friend brought out this issue…