April 18, 2024
April 18th, 2024
“It’s All About Jesus!”Mark 2:1-12 (The Healing of the Paralytic)Jesus knew immediately what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts?” – Mark 2:8 (NLT)“Honest Conversations” I love how Jesus calls out the religious leaders. Not so much because they didn’t believe or didn’t understand, but because they didn’t speak up. They were obviously disturbed by what Jes...
April 17, 2024
April 17th, 2024
“It’s All About Jesus!”Mark 2:1-12 (The Healing of the Paralytic)But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves, “What is he saying? This is blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!” – Mark 2:6-7 (NLT)“Can You Go That Far?” Jesus blew the minds of the religious leaders who heard His declaration to the paralytic, “My child, your sins are forgiven.” They were alr...
April 16, 2024
April 16th, 2024
“It’s All About Jesus!”Mark 2:1-12 (The Healing of the Paralytic)Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.” – Mark 2:5 (NLT)“Jesus Hears Your Heart” Going through Bible college and spending a good bit of time around people who know the Scriptures, it’s funny to me how passionate people become about the “specifics” of someone coming to Christ or being w...
April 15, 2024
April 15th, 2024
“It’s All About Jesus!”Mark 2:1-12 (The Healing of the Paralytic)"Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, 'My child, your sins are forgiven.'” – Mark 2:5 (NLT)“Your Faith Is Their Miracle” Augustine was one of the great early saints of the Christian faith. He was instrumental in helping to formulate some of the early doctrinal understandings that came to be the foundation of the churc...
April 14, 2024
April 14th, 2024
“It’s All About Jesus!”Mark 2:1-12 (The Healing of the Paralytic)"They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus." – Mark 2:4 (NLT)“Don’t Leave Without Seeing Jesus” Wow. Don’t you love the resilience of the friends who brought their paralyzed buddy to Jesus? We don’t know...
April 13, 2024
April 13th, 2024
“It’s All About Jesus!”Mark 2:1-12 (The Healing of the Paralytic)“While he was preaching God’s word to them, four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat.” – Mark 2:2-3 (NLT)“Divine Interruptions” Some time ago I had one of my prayer partners tell me on a Sunday morning that he was praying that God would give me something that wasn’t listed in the bulletin. I thought it was a funny statement...
April 12, 2024
April 12th, 2024
“It’s All About Jesus!”Mark 2:1-12 (The Healing of the Paralytic)When Jesus returned to Capernaum several days later, the news spread quickly that he was back home. Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. – Mark 2:1-2 (NLT)“Be Viral” The Sunday after Easter is a hard Sunday for most pastors. On Easter the place is packed, ...
April 11, 2024
April 11th, 2024
“It’s All About Jesus!”Luke 19:1-10 (The Story of Zacchaeus)“For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” – Luke 19:10 (NLT)“Lost” Troy, Montana is a wonderfully fascinating place for kids. Located in a remote part of Montana, for kids who love the outdoors, it’s like a dream come true. Ryker Webb thought so. The 3-year-old loved to play in his yard and chase bugs. It was that bug...
April 10, 2024
April 10th, 2024
“It’s All About Jesus!” Luke 19:1-10 (The Story of Zacchaeus)Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham.” – Luke 19:9 (NLT)“From the Inside-Out”Yesterday I wrote about the repentance of Zacchaeus. He went from greedy to generous and from being a “taker” to being a “giver.” But I want to be sure that you understand that when J...
April 9, 2024
April 9th, 2024
“It’s All About Jesus!”Luke 19:1-10 (The Story of Zacchaeus)Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!” – Luke 19:8 (NLT)“The Walking Dead” This past Sunday, I did a message on Romans 6:4 where Paul says that we can live “new lives.” What a great message t...
April 8, 2024
April 8th, 2024
“It’s All About Jesus!”Luke 19:1-10 (The Story of Zacchaeus)Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. But the people were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled. – Luke 19:6-7 (NLT)“The Undeserving” A lot of people in the crowd weren’t happy. Jesus was a celebrity. Everybody wanted a piece of him. There were reli...
April 7, 2024
April 7th, 2024
“It’s All About Jesus!”Luke 19:1-10 (The Story of Zacchaeus)Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. – Luke 19:6 (NLT)“Light the Fire!” When my wife and I were dating/engaged, I was in Houston, Texas, and she was in Anderson, Indiana. We would write almost daily, call via payphone every 2-3 weeks, and send cassette tapes back and forth. We did that fo...
April 6, 2024
April 6th, 2024
“It’s All About Jesus!”Luke 19:1-10 (The Story of Zacchaeus)When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.” – Luke 19:5 (NLT)“He Wants to Go Home with You” “I must be a guest in your home today.” Have you ever wondered how much that statement must have freaked Zacchaeus out? I wonder as Zacchaeus ...
April 5, 2024
April 5th, 2024
“It’s All About Jesus!”Luke 19:1-10 (The Story of Zacchaeus)When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. – Luke 19:5 (NLT)“He Knows Your Name” How shocked do you think Zacchaeus was when Jesus called to him by name? I mean, Jesus was the star of the parade. He was the reason Zacchaeus was there. It was Jesus’ popularity that caused Zacchaeus to run ahead and climb a tree t...
April 4, 2024
April 4th, 2024
“It’s All About Jesus!”Luke 19:1-10 (The Story of Zacchaeus)So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree beside the road, for Jesus was going to pass that way. – Luke 19:4 (NLT)“He’s Worth the Climb” I love to climb. Do you? When I lived in Phoenix, hiking the mountains around the area was what I did for exercise. It became a passion that stayed with me. I took a sabbatical in 2005 and spent tw...
April 3, 2024
April 3rd, 2024
“It’s All About Jesus!”Luke 19:1-10 (The Story of Zacchaeus)He tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowd. – Luke 19:3 (NLT)“Do You Have Short Soul Syndrome?” Sometimes there are things that get in the way of us seeing Jesus, aren’t there? When I read the passage today, my mind flashed back to when a friend of mine who didn’t go to church anywhere agreed to go to Yout...
April 2, 2024
April 2nd, 2024
“It’s All About Jesus!”Luke 19:1-10 (The Story of Zacchaeus)There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich. – Luke 19:2 (NLT)“The Myth of Being Rich” Some years ago, after I had played basketball at the Y, I had showered and was getting dressed in the locker room. A couple of lockers down was one of the guys that played regularly wi...
April 1, 2024
April 1st, 2024
“It’s All About Jesus!”Luke 19:1-10 (The Story of Zacchaeus)Jesus entered Jericho and made his way through the town. – Luke 19:1 (NLT)“A Visitation” You never know when Jesus might show up. That was what I thought about when I read our passage for today. It’s just a descriptive sentence. It’s simply Luke letting us know where Jesus was and what He was doing. But it was so much more than that. It w...
March 31, 2024
March 31st, 2024
“It’s All About Jesus!”The ResurrectionAfter Jesus rose from the dead early on Sunday morning, the first person who saw him was Mary Magdalene, the woman from whom he had cast out seven demons…Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings. – Mark 16:9; Jo...
March 30, 2024
March 30th, 2024
“It’s All About Jesus!”Luke 19:38-48 (The Triumphant Entry)“How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes. Before long your enemies will build ramparts against your walls and encircle you and close in on you from every side. They will crush you into the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not ...