The Reclaiming of a Loser (Part 2)

I love the little things in the story of Jesus.  In John 21 we see Jesus seeking out His wayward friend Peter.  I love the next miracle that we often overlook when Jesus is restoring His wayward friend. Look at verses 9-14.  Peter and the others see it’s Jesus so Peter plunges into the water and swims to shore.  The rest row back (Peter wants to get to Jesus first I suppose), but notice how Peter drags the net all by himself.  This thing is loaded with fish!  Back in verse 8 it says that it took SIX men to drag the net…but here Peter does it all by his lonesome.   Continue reading →

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The Reclaiming of a Loser (Part 1)

The last sign in the Gospel of John was for a loser.  In fact, it was for a whole bunch of losers, the Apostles.  But it was also for one man in particular who had so proudly and colossally failed.  Peter.  Because he had publicly denied the Lord three times after so arrogantly saying he would never do such a thing…he was seen by everyone as a blowhard.  A humiliating failure.  A loser.  What do we see at the end of this story?  The Risen Savior nagging and berating his fallen friend?  Nope.  Not at all. For everyone who thinks they have failed so far that they can never recover…take another look at Peter.  And take a real good look at Jesus who came for him and restored him.  Jesus is real good at this.  He can do it with you and me too. Continue reading →

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What Does Love Do?

I tell my kids all the time “sayin’ ain’t doin'”.  Talk is cheap.  George Washington’s personal motto was “deeds, not words.”  He knew that talk was cheap.  I’ll believe what you say when I see you actually backing up your words with transformation.  Many people have the same attitude toward God.  We hear that He is a loving God, but how do we know for sure?  What does His love really look like down here? Continue reading →

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Are Disabilities Ever the Will of God?

John chapter 9 is a problem passage for the faith healers who preach that sickness, infirmities, or disabilities are never the will of God.  They are all from the devil or from our own sin (so they say). Why, if we just have enough faith, or if we say the right incantation, or claim the right promises and command God in the right way, then all our sicknesses/diseases/disabilities/infirmities will just vanish.  That’s not what Jesus teaches us in John chapter 9. Continue reading →

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When God Sends You Into a Storm

Helen Keller once said, “Life is either a daring adventure, or it is nothing at all”.  How true.  The life of faith is a life of risk, and taking a risk with Jesus is worth it all.  This is what Jesus is going to teach His disciples in a storm at sea when we look at the same story in John 6:15-17 and Matthew 14:22-34.   Continue reading →

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Jesus–The Seventh Man

A dad gave his child a puzzle to put together.  It was a map of the United States, and he thought this would keep her busy for awhile.  She put that puzzle together in no time!  The dad was stunned!  How in the world did she do it so fast?  “It was easy, Daddy! I noticed a picture of Jesus on the other side.  When I put Him in the right place, our country came together!” Hmmm.  Yep, when we see Jesus in the right way–and ourselves in the right way–our broken lives come together.   Continue reading →

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Where’s Lunch?

Every child in Sunday School learns the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand through the loaves and fishes brought by a little boy one day. Simple, cute story. The only miracle found in all four Gospels (besides the Resurrection of Christ, of course). And it is very profound, packed with all kinds of good lessons for us today. Continue reading →

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“Do you want to be healed?”

“Do you want to be healed?” Jesus asks this question to a lame man in John 5:6. For years I did not understand that question. Of course a lame man would want to be healed! Who wouldn’t want to be healed? But over the years, I figured out (I think) why Jesus asked that question.

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Jesus at Cana

I love the story of Jesus at the wedding feast in Cana (John chapter 2). It is just so unlike all other stories from religious or philosophical books of the ancient world. Here is God come down to us in the flesh, rejoicing among us, at the institution he created: marriage! Continue reading →
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