Category Archives: meditations

He will forgive me too!!!

THE STORY OF JESUS: 2 Chronicles 29-32 “He will not turn his face from you if you return to him.” (2 Chronicles 30:9) I have met some people who were convinced God could not forgive them. Satan loves to reinforce this lie, and many Christians believe it. But what do we see in these stories […]

Keep looking up!

THE STORY OF JESUS: Mark 13:24-27 “People will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.” (Mark 13:26) Jesus now shifts His focus to the last days when He will return. He quotes Isaiah 13:10 (or Isaiah 34:4), the final judgment, the “day of the Lord”. The day is coming […]

Faith under attack!

THE STORY OF JESUS: Mark 13:14-23 “So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time.” (Mark 13:23) Jesus speaks like a prophet, using strong language to make a point. Like a prophet, He also blends immediate and ultimate events, for dramatic effect. He is referring to BOTH the imminent destruction of […]

Spirit-powered witnesses!

THE STORY OF JESUS: Mark 13:9-13 “And the gospel must first be preached to all nations.” (Mark 13:10) Apparently Jesus needs us for a job: to let people know the good news. Jesus’ followers (not just ministers) are sent to share the kingdom message. The Lord uses our presence in this dark world to spread […]

Building what endures!

THE STORY OF JESUS: Mark 13:1-8 “Do you see all these great buildings, every one will be thrown down.” (Mark 13:3) These were the first words I thought of on September 11, 2001. I don’t mean that God was punishing the US, or the people in the towers. But our grand buildings often represent pride […]

Hope for the oppressed!

THE STORY OF JESUS: Psalm 59 “Then it will be known to the ends of the earth that God rules!” (Psalm 59:13) This song reminds me of the slave songs (‘negro spirituals’). They had no protection or hope (humanly speaking) and endured unspeakable horror. Their only hope was to escape from this life… ‘Swing low, […]

The sin of pride!

THE STORY OF JESUS: 2 Chronicles 25-28 “After Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall.” (2 Chronicles 26:16) Have you known of Christian leaders whose success went to their heads? One that I know very well – myself – has struggled with this. But before you look down on me, its probably true […]

Finally a good king!!!

THE STORY OF JESUS: 2 Chronicles 21-24 “He had promised to maintain a lamp for him and his descendants forever.” (2 Chronicles 21:7) This book is like a spiritual soap opera, with multiple plot twists and turns. But two lines of thought continue through the plot. God’s people keep messing up, and God hangs in […]

Invisible saints among sinners!

THE STORY OF JESUS: Mark 12:38-44 “This poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.” (Mark 12:43) Who are the well known christians of our day? Who do people throng to see or hear, or to get an autograph from? Our world has its celebrities, but so does the church! But […]

Reading the bible with Jesus!

THE STORY OF JESUS: Mark 12:35-37 “The Lord said to my Lord: ‘Sit at my right hand!’” (Mark 12:36) In this story, Jesus is not showing off His bible skills for His audience. Jesus is using the scriptures the way they’re supposed to be used. “The Scriptures testify about me yet you refuse to come […]