Instead of Himself, Jesus saved you

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Luke 23 INSTEAD OF HIMSELF, JESUS SAVED YOU And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at Him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!”  The soldiers also mocked Him, coming up and offering Him sour wine […]

In Christ, goodness and mercy chase you

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 23 IN CHRIST, GOODNESS AND MERCY CHASE YOU Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  (Psalm 23:6) Some of us spend our lives chasing goodness. We feel we deserve “the good life,” […]

Jesus is generous

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Matthew 20 JESUS IS GENEROUS “…I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you.  Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me?  Or do you begrudge my generosity?”  So the last will be first, and the first last.” (Matthew […]

Jesus offered Himself for you

Scripture Notes on Hebrews 9 How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. (Hebrews 9:14) There were powerful people who conspired against Jesus, but they were not the ones that put Him on the […]

Jesus is your conduit of mercy

Scripture Notes on Hebrews 8 “For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”  (Hebrews 8:12) Guilt is a powerful motivator. It can change habits and open handbags, clean up words and free up wallets. Yet, in the life of a Christian, guilt is not of God. Conviction is the […]

Jesus is your overflowing grace

Scripture Notes on 1 Timothy 1 And the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 1:14) Paul killed Christians, yet Jesus gave him overflowing grace. Paul opposed the name of Christ as strongly as he could, yet Jesus gave him overwhelming mercy. Why? Because […]

God’s heart is for the helpless

Scripture Notes on Psalm 82 How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked?  Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. (Psalm 82:2-3) All throughout Scripture, God has harsh words and strong judgments for those in authority who use their power to […]

Your Father wants you to come home

Scripture Notes on Psalm 78 Their heart was not steadfast toward Him; they were not faithful to His covenant. Yet He, being compassionate, atoned for their iniquity and did not destroy them; He restrained His anger often and did not stir up all His wrath. He remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that […]

The things that matter most

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.” (Matthew 23:23) —– Sometimes in the Christian life it’s easy to put all our effort into […]

God still loves you when you sin

Scripture Notes on Psalm 89 If his children forsake my law and do not walk according to my rules, if they violate my statutes and do not keep my commandments, then I will punish their transgression with the rod and their iniquity with stripes, but I will not remove from him my steadfast love or […]