hearing God

Hearing God: Discerning God’s Voice

Would you like to get better at hearing God? Come with me back in time to a bright spring afternoon, the very first Easter. The birds are singing; lilies are blooming across the Jerusalem countryside. Jesus is risen. The angels have appeared to Mary Magdalene and the other Mary only this morning. They have reported […]

hearing God

Political Correctness: What Would Jesus Say?

We live in a world run rampant with political correctness. As I was reading through Matthew chapter 10, which records Jesus calling his twelve apostles and telling them of their duties and the unpopularity they would face, I wondered what Jesus would say about being politically correct in today’s world. He warned his disciples that […]

peace, prosperity, happiness

Peace, Prosperity, Happiness: Are We Missing The Boat?

We all want peace, prosperity and happiness, but are we looking in all the wrong places? I have a good friend who lives near the ocean. She and her husband invited several couples to a party on their boat. About ten minutes before everyone was to meet on the boat, my friend spoke with one […]

how to be happy

How to Be Happy, Blessed and Fortunate

A multitude followed Jesus up into a mountain where he began to teach them what we call the ‘‘Sermon on the Mount’’ or the Beatitudes. In Latin, beatus is the basis of the English ‘beatitude,’ meaning ‘to be fortunate,’ ‘to be happy,’ or ‘to be blessed.’ So it was here on the mountain that Jesus […]

God and money

God and Money: Jesus on Finances

We often have questions about God and money. How did Jesus feel about money and meeting our obligations? When Jesus and his disciples came into Capernaum, the people who received tribute money came to Peter and asked him if his Master paid tribute. Peter affirmed that he did. As they started to go into the […]

fishers of men

Purpose Driven Life: Becoming Extraordinary In Christ

There’s a remarkable story in Matthew chapter 4 that we often take for granted because we’ve heard it so much. Simon and Andrew had heard that Jesus was the Messiah. One day, Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee and saw them casting a net into the sea. And He said to them, “Follow […]