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 came to set you free from religion

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Galatians 2 JESUS CAME TO SET YOU FREE FROM RELIGION Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in—who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery—to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, […]

God’s Kingdom is bigger than your perspective

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Luke 9 GOD’S KINGDOM IS BIGGER THAN YOUR PERSPECTIVE John answered, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he does not follow with us.”  But Jesus said to him, “Do not stop him, for the one who is not […]

Jesus came to set you free from religion

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Galatians 2 JESUS CAME TO SET YOU FREE FROM RELIGION Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in—who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery— to them we did not yield in submission even for a […]

Grace Sets You Free From Performance

Do you ever feel like you have to “perform” in the Christian life? I’ve noticed lately that when I write my personal Scripture reflections, they are often more cautionary than encouraging. (“Be careful about this; don’t do that; watch out over here!”) Why not more hopeful? Why do I reflexively try to put in so […]