Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.” For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.” Continue reading
This fall, I was challenged by a picture, similar to this one. It was a simple picture, just two circles. One with the word “Comfort” written in it, and the other “Awesome.” Just two circles, yet a powerful image.
The speaker explained that each church has a choice, that they can choose to be a church of comfort. A safe church that takes little to no risk. A church worried about keeping everyone happy and not stomping on anyone toes. A church worried about the attendance, and numbers, and the tithing.
Or, a church can choose to be awesome. A church that’s not afraid to take risks and rely on the Holy Spirit. A church more worried about preaching the Bible than offending. A church that cares more about spreading the Gospel, feeding the hungry, taking care of orphans and widows, focused more on Kingdom work than numbers or church politics. A church of comfort or of awesome. And notice that these two circles never intersect; a church can’t be both. They must choose one or the other. Comfort or awesome. Continue reading
I [Paul] therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift (Ephesians 4:1-7).
What if there was a city like Unity?
Like many cities in the United States, Unity houses several church buildings and denominations; however, unlike other American cities, there is something different about her. Continue reading
By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith (Hebrews 11:7).
“You can count the number of seeds in an apple. You can’t count the number of apples from that seed.”
When you hear the word ‘fruit,’ what is the first thing that you think of? Perhaps it’s the aisle of your local grocery store or the crates at your farmer’s market, and the images of apples, bananas, oranges, and guavas fill your mind. Perhaps you think of a vineyard or the fake fruit on display at your grandmother’s house, or maybe you imagine a banana covered in ice cream and chocolate syrup. For me, I begin to salivate, just a little, for I prefer the sweet juiciness of fruit over the taste of any vegetable.
Fruit, is also present within the Bible, and is referred to in a variety of ways. Continue reading
An eclipse is a spectacular sight for one to behold! I had the privilege of witnessing such an event on August 21, 2017. It was amazing getting to see the moon inch closer and closer to the sun with my special eclipse glasses, though invisible to the naked eye. It was incredible sharing the excitement with friends and strangers. And truly awesome how quickly the landscape became dark when the eclipse was full. How the outdoor lights instantly lit and the crickets began to chirp, for about two minutes, before the day returned.
A solar eclipse is the result of the moon coming between the earth and her sun, the moon casting its shadow upon the planet. In nature, an eclipse is a spectacular sight. Not only are they beautiful, but also remarkable in how the tiny moon can, for an instant, block out the light and sight of the mighty sun.
In nature, an eclipse is a spectacular sight, not so in a spiritual sense. Continue reading
Two teens were volunteering their Saturday, working at an animal shelter. They had spent many hours pampering puppies, bathing kittens, and cleaning up mounds of poop and puddles of pee. Being worn out and sweaty, one of the teens wiped the perspiration from his brow, before he said to the other teen, “You know what, today reminds me of when Jesus will come again.”
“What do you mean?” the other teen asked.
“Well, for instance, look at this room.” The other teen did, seeing where they were standing was a hall with cages filled with barking and meowing critters on either side of them. “Now imagine, if the cages on the right were filled only with dogs. And the cages on the left, were only filled with cats.”
“Okay,” said the other teen.
“Well, when Jesus comes back in his glory, and all the angels will be with him, he will then sit in his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations of the earth. Not just Israel and Rome, but America, Russia, China, everyone will be there. And he will separate people one from another as an animal shelter volunteer separates the dogs from the cats. And he will place the dogs on his right, but the cats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, a feast fit for a king. I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me, opening your home as if I was family. I was naked and you clothed me, wrapping me with the shirt from your own back. I was sick and you visited me, bringing me some of the best chicken noodle soup that I have ever had. I was in prison and you came to me.’ Continue reading
Congratulations graduates of 2019!
May the LORD bless you and keep you. May He make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the LORD lift His countenance upon you and give you peace.
The Legend of the Sand Dollar
If you examine closely,
you’ll see that you find here,
four nail holes and a fifth one,
made by a Roman’s spear.
On one side the Easter lily,
its center is the star,
that appeared unto the shepherds
and led them from afar.
Now break the center open,
and here you will release,
the five white doves awaiting,
to spread Good Will and Peace.