God’s justice is a pathway to His mercy

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So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth, and harmful and painful sores came upon the people who bore the mark of the beast and worshiped its image…  They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues.  They did […]

Who gets what? (Luke 6:19-20a)

The whole crowd was trying to touch Him because power was coming out from Him and healing them all.  Then, looking up at His disciples, He said…  (Luke 6:19-20a) Jesus offers His healing power to all the people.  He uses miracles to draw them in, but look how He doesn’t expect every person healed to actually […]

Priorities [Luke 6:10-11]

After looking around at them all, [Jesus] told [the man with a paralyzed hand], “Stretch out your hand.”  He did so, and his hand was restored.  [The Scribes and Pharisees], however, were filled with rage and started discussing with one another what they might do with Jesus.  (Luke 6:10-11) The religious leaders were more concerned […]

Jesus’ first ministry: the WONDERS (Luke 4:42)

When it was day, [Jesus] went out and made His way to a deserted place.  But the crowds were searching for Him.  They came to Him and tried to keep Him from leaving them.  (Luke 4:42) The people were astounded at the miracles Jesus did.  When He healed, it was authentic.  When He cast out demons, […]

Service (Luke 4:39)

So [Jesus] stood over [Peter’s mother-in-law] and rebuked the fever, and it left her.  She got up immediately and began to serve them.  (Luke 4:39) In the culture of Jesus’ day, it was customary and expected for a woman to serve as a hostess whenever guests were in her home.  So, the fact that Peter’s mother-in-law […]

God builds brokenness into praise

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 51 GOD BUILDS BROKENNESS INTO PRAISE For You will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; You will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise. Do good to Zion in Your […]

The weight of performance isn’t yours to bear

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Acts 3 THE WEIGHT OF PERFORMANCE ISN’T YOURS TO BEAR And when Peter saw it he addressed the people: “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk? … [Jesus’] […]

God wants to take away your shame

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 34 GOD WANTS TO TAKE AWAY YOUR SHAME I sought the Lord, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears.  Those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.  (Psalm 34:4-5) Shame.  Sometimes it creeps in quietly, growing like an […]

Jesus brings answers in unexpected ways

God’s Hope for Your Heart from John 5 JESUS BRINGS ANSWERS IN UNEXPECTED WAYS One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.  When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be healed?”  The sick […]

God brings answers as you go

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Luke 17 GOD BRINGS ANSWERS AS YOU GO As [Jesus] entered a village, He was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”  When He saw them He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the […]