His Name is Jesus

TEACHING NOTES (PDF) OUTLINE (PDF) My wife and I have had five children, all boys. Before each one was born, we had lengthy discussions about their name. For every child, I made an argument to name him MAGNUS. It’s unique. It’s Latin for magnificent. His nickname could be Gnus (pronounced, Guh-nus) and everything would be awesome. Needless to say, I …

How to find Significance This Season

The Christmas season is in full gear! The decorations are out, houses lit up, eggs are being nogged, and the fruitcakes are in the mail. For me, over the years, I’ve discovered that I can get so busy WITH Christmas that I loose sight of the reason FOR Christmas. I have to be intentional with slowing down to make sure …

Leadership Principles of Jesus, part 1: Matthew

A survey of the book of Matthew yielded the following reflections. But first, a few notes. (a) Reading Matthew’s gospel in two sittings showed me things I wouldn’t have seen if I was reading smaller sections. Both kinds of readings–small parts and large parts– are needed for a healthy spiritual life. (b) I read with the intention of discerning the …

THIRST, day 40

Scripture: For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:11-12) Prayer: Loving Father, you give me everything I need. Help me to rest in your love, to rely on …

THIRST, day 39

Scripture: This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your …

THIRST, day 38

Scripture: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10) Prayer: Dear Father, protect me from the temptations of the enemy. Guard my heart against his deception. Open my eyes to the true life you offer. Reflection: The devil’s deception promises life but …

THIRST, day 37

Scripture: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30) Prayer: My Friend, I have many …

THIRST, day 36

Scripture: But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33) Prayer: God, thank you for your blessings, help me to love you more than your gifts. Reflection: A measure of spiritual maturity is rightly ordered priorities. Often, we don’t love the wrong things, we simply love the right …

sacrificing self sufficiency

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3 Today, what has the potential to keep you from relying on God? Business? Success? Skill? Regret? Shame? What can you do to keep the myth of self sufficiency from stealing your faith?