The Famed Psalm 51!

Certain habits are always useful, for instance, minding our “P’s and Q’s”. Another great habit is the confession of sin. Not because we may happen to sin someday soon, but rather because we dabble in sin every day of our lives. If ever there was a relevant, and useful daily habit, it is confession of…

Compassion

When the Scripture describes the compassion of Jesus it isn’t talking about a superficial sympathy toward others. He empathizes deeply and enters into our suffering, feels our pain and knows our languages. Jesus is known for his compassion. It is part of who he is and how he lived (Matthew 14:14, Mark 8:2, Matthew 20:34).…

Magnify

Without exception, we have all navigated career change, family change and other transitions. With all change comes the good and the unexpected. Case in point, a young Jewish girl named Mary was given the most remarkable news any ear has heard. She would carry the Messiah. The news was stunning, joyful and frightening. It also…

God-Sized Prayer

As we look at today’s audacious prayer (Joshua 10), we learn that Joshua must have had a limitless view of God. Similarly with us, the size of our prayers will reflect the size that we think God is. So, let’s broaden our understanding of God and delve into Joshua’s audacious prayer so we can learn…

Courage

If I end up in jail, I will passionately pray for release! When I am sick, I will pray for healing, and when I am abused, I will pray for relief. However, I am quite sure that is not how the Apostle Paul prayed in similar circumstances. Of all our pressing concerns today (and there…

The Power to Forgive

In the midst of the worst kind of suffering and in the midst of unjust mockery and humiliation, Jesus prayed. O my, what a prayer! He prayed an audacious prayer requesting forgiveness for his assailers. Incredible. Together, on this beautiful Easter morning, let’s review the resurrection story and consider living in the power of Jesus’…

God Is In Control

Esther remains one of the most beloved books in the Bible. Set in the 5th century BC, it conveys a courageous story of the salvation of God’s people. Each year these 10 chapters of Esther are celebrated during the Jewish holiday of Purim (which just took place March 11-12). This morning we will celebrate Purim…

A Fresh Return Home

A good thing about being thrown into exile (if there is such a thing) is that if you make your way back, you can have a clean start. Judah was given the opportunity to re-start. What would your priorities be if someone washed your life slate clean? If exile is being where you do not…