The Spirit’s Role

It’s Jesus’ final evening with his disciples. Empty dishes are on the table, feet have been washed, and one of them has gone. Two things keep recurring in Jesus’ conversation. He’s leaving, and the Holy Spirit is coming to replace him. We often wish Jesus could be physically present with us today. We envy the…

Stay the Course

Although we Williams’ are moving on, God’s great work in Cottonwood will continue as it has for the last 127 years, but it needs your help. Even (especially) through change and transition, Verde’s mission must remain front and center. We must remain committed to positively influencing the Verde Valley for our Lord. If ever there…

To Truly Follow After

Today we are looking at the longest most intimate conversation between Jesus and his closest followers, and we find ourselves in the midst of some heightened tension. Jesus spoke of his expectations to a few followers and even revealed some signs that they were actually part of the team. Just as sleeping in a garage…

Remember John 14

The next time you are frustrated with life, or frightened about your new situation, remember John 14. In any setting of change, transition or loss or when you experience the unfair nature of life, remember John 14. In the most personal of conversations, Jesus spoke of his guaranteed comfort and care. Let’s follow the setting…

We, Just Like Pete

Peter learned quickly. He made significant mistakes in a matter of a few short days, and then he rebounded to lead a movement that changed the world. No matter our age or our spiritual maturity, we can learn from Peter’s mistakes and as quickly as we fall, we can be a productive contributor to kingdom…

Love Sets Us Apart

Love is a distinguishable mark that sets His followers apart from others, says Jesus. Based on private and intimate conversation between Jesus and his disciples, a jewel of wisdom about love can be found in John 13:31-35. After we read this short passage, let’s allow these words to be understood, then have them settle into…

Just Between Us

In this, the beginning of the most intimate and personal conversation between Jesus and his followers, he told them to serve. Of all the pep talks, cautions and warnings about what was to come, he told them to serve. The pressure is off today. Forget about your biggest problems or your most aggressive future plans;…