Jesus is Our Centerpiece

The Gospel of John describes a wonderful image of the vineyard— branches and vine. This illustrates our relationship with Jesus.  We must abide and remain in him to be fruitful.  He is the vine, and we, we are merely the branches. He is the sole source of everything. Notice the clear implications of John 15. (Come […]

Don’t Waste Your Sorrows

  “These little troubles are getting us ready for an eternal glory that will make all our troubles seem like nothing.” 2 Cor. 4:17, CEV “Before God could bring me to this place He has broken me a thousand times.”                                    Smith Wigglesworth   As we move toward maturity, over time and through circumstance, we will […]

The Kingdom is a Family on Their Way to a Party

“Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”  Mark 3:35 There is a hidden mechanism lying in wait for us in this verse.  The fact that it is there at all borders on our sense of reason and the fantastic.  To be a brother, or a sister to Jesus is almost absurd. […]

His “Irresponsible” Love

“Nothing in the church makes people in the church more angry than grace. It’s ironic: we stumble into a party we weren’t invited to and find the uninvited standing at the door making sure no other uninviteds get in. Then a strange phenomenon occurs: as soon as we are included in the party because of Jesus’ irresponsible love, […]

The Art of Begging

Jesus looked at his followers and said,     “You people who are poor are blessed,       because the kingdom of God belongs to you”. Luke 6:20, NCV It is an astonishing thing, to have Jesus look at you. His steady, focused gaze is transformational, He sees me, and in this huge mass of […]