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February 6, 2022
All kinds of people interact with Jesus. They hear the same teaching and see the same miracles, but they respond in very different ways. The religious insiders are measured and distant, but the religious outsiders and sinners come in close. The difference is not their need, but their awareness of their need.
January 2, 2022
We are made to be satisfied with God, but we are constantly looking elsewhere. Simeon and Anna show us a better way: look to Jesus and wait for him. Wherever you are in life, be ready to welcome his presence. Take hold of him and rejoice, for he is our comfort and redemption.
December 12, 2021
Mary’s song is a response to what God has done for her and a proclamation of what he will do through Jesus. A central theme in the song — and in the Bible — is that God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble. So how do we humble ourselves before God?
May 8, 2022
What does it mean to be the church in an age of social and religious deconstruction? A good place to start is to discern the difference between socialized Christianity and new birth Christianity. In this passage, Jesus helps us deconstruct a certain kind of faith and then points us to the mystery and reality of the kingdom of God.
May 1, 2022
On Easter Sunday morning, the disciples were sad, defeated, and unbelieving. All they could see was bad news. But by Sunday evening, they were filled with joy and convinced of the good news. How do we account for the turnaround? Well, in this passage, Jesus does some things for them that change their lives forever.
February 21, 2021
During uncertain and unstable times, the thing we need most is to be reminded of God. This psalm is thoroughly God-centered, and each stanza points us to something particular about him. When it feels like the world is falling apart, he’s our only hope.
September 5, 2021
People are often suspicious of Christian ministry, especially in light of stories of spiritual leaders abusing their power and pretending to be something they’re not. So, what does genuine Christian ministry look like? Paul tells us in this passage.