Category Archives: meditations

Religion or Jesus?

THE STORY OF JESUS: Mark 2:18-22 “No one pours new wine into old wineskins.” (Mark 2:22) The wine is the object of desire… not the wineskin, which is just a container. Religious practices are containers that lead us to Jesus, our object of desire. God gave the Law of Moses as a container to one […]

Spirit-inspired mourning!

THE STORY OF JESUS: Psalm 43 “Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?” (Psalm 43:3) This psalm continues Psalm 42 (some Hebrew manuscripts combine them). The psalmist still battles depression, wondering why God has rejected him! It’s important for us to see how God includes and inspires doubt in the bible. If […]

Do you believe this?

Jesus is the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Jesus will live, even though they die. Whoever lives by believing in Jesus will never die. Do you believe this? (John 11:25-26)

Going where Jesus goes!?

THE STORY OF JESUS: 2 Samuel 14-17 “Wherever you go, if it means life or death, there will your servant be.” (2 Samuel 15:21) Our reading raises the issue of choosing sides, and what happens with that choice. By choosing to follow David, these people were sacrificing everything. Following David meant going into the wilderness. […]

God is devastated!

THE STORY OF JESUS: 2 Samuel 10-13 “Tamar lived in her brother Absalom’s house, a devastated woman.” (2 Samuel 13:20) Sin is not just about the bad things we do, but the devastation we cause. Every selfish action has a devastating impact on others, whether we realize it or not. We need to FEEL both […]

Who did Jesus hang with?

THE STORY OF JESUS: Mark 2:13-17 “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:17) Tax collectors were one of the kinds of people that the religious people avoided. Also prostitutes, lepers, zealots, Samaritans, Roman soldiers, non-practicing Jews. Who are the kinds of people that Christians avoid today? Muslims, LGBQT, Immigrants, Homeless, […]

They need to know!!!

THE STORY OF JESUS: Mark 2:1-12 “The Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” (Mark 2:10) The teachers of the law were partially right, only God can forgive sins… AND… those that God gives the authority to forgive for Him. In Genesis 1, God assigned His authority to Adam and Eve as […]

Got to tell someone!

THE STORY OF JESUS: Mark 1:40-45 “Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news.” (Mark 1:45) This man disobeyed Jesus, who needed Him to stay quiet so He could get around. Jesus’ command not to share is not for us; we are called to be witnesses (Acts 1:8) Can you blame […]

First things first!

THE STORY OF JESUS: Mark 1:35-39 “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus prayed.” (Mark 1:35) “Let us go… to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also.” (Mark 1:38) As a follower of Jesus, we look to Jesus for guidance in how to live. Here we see Jesus prioritizing His […]

Desperate and determined!!!

THE STORY OF JESUS: Psalm 42 “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” (Psalm 42:2) The Psalm writer is being challenged for his belief in God. All day long people say to me, “Where is your God?” (v.3) And this is causing him to struggle and doubt. He is desperate for God to […]