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The Mission of Jesus Part 3

Jesus, the local boy, came to Nazareth as an itinerant rabbi and was given an opportunity to have his say. His audience, full of proud Nazarenes, understood Isaiah 61 to mean foreign neighbors would serve them and make them wealthy. With everyone … [Read more]

The Mission of Jesus Part 2

Why did the people of Nazareth want to throw Jesus from a cliff? As we continue to explore the mission of Jesus our text in Luke gives us some clues. Luke 4:17-22 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and … [Read more]

The Mission of Jesus Part 1

What was the mission of Jesus? Why did He come to earth? A passage from the gospel of Luke helps us understand this. I will be taking the next several weeks to unpack this important scripture. But before I do, let me ask you, who is God? Or … [Read more]

Rockets Over Jerusalem

A few minutes ago our evening was again interrupted by the sound of sirens warning of incoming missiles from Gaza. Two nights ago, our anniversary date was cut short as we sat in the stairwell of a hotel in Tel Aviv, along with several Israeli's, … [Read more]

True Worship

Jerusalem is a city of religion. Christianity, Islam, and Judaism consider the city sacred. Pilgrims come from around the world to journey where Jesus, Mohammed, and Abraham walked. They seek spiritual experiences in religious locations. While … [Read more]

Experiencing Jesus

Many decide to follow Jesus because they incorrectly think He will give them a trouble free life. They desire to experience life without pain. The abundant life Jesus promises does not mean no difficulties. Rather, Jesus becomes the rock people build … [Read more]

Eternal Satisfaction

After graduating from college, Shellie and I were married, I started my teaching career, and we moved into a one-bedroom apartment. We were on our own, with respectable work, a home, and cars to get around. We found some fulfillment in our work, but … [Read more]

In God’s Time

After graduating from college, Shellie and I had a desire to teach overseas. We began exploring different opportunities but in the end took teaching jobs in the Chicago area. One of the things we learned following Jesus is to trust His timing. During … [Read more]

God’s Wrath

Hinduism has many variations. Yet a common theme is the need to make offerings to appease the anger of the spirit world. Hindus practice a religion involving worship and sacrifice to prevent gods from being angry. John reveals unless a person chooses … [Read more]

Exalting Jesus

We live in a world that pushes the pursuit of greatness. Everyone is to take all of their ability and skill and maximize their potential. Become glorious-- wealthy, healthy and wise. Be capable, competent, strong, secure, and independent. It often … [Read more]