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 […]

Jesus’ second ministry: the WORD (Luke 5:1)

As the crowd was pressing in on Jesus to hear God’s word, He was standing by Lake Gennesaret.  (Luke 5:1) People came for the miracles, but they stayed for the message.  They were drawn in by the wonders, but they were hungry for the word. Credibility and interest can be built by the supernatural power […]

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, […]

God gives you power to strengthen His Church

God’s Hope for Your Heart from 1 Corinthians 14 GOD GIVES YOU POWER TO STRENGTHEN HIS CHURCH So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the Church.  (1 Corinthians 14:12) Jesus never intended His Church to be a people who only pursue Him with their minds.  He […]

God has Kingdom power just for you

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Acts 6 GOD HAS KINGDOM POWER JUST FOR YOU And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables.  Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of […]

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’] […]

Jesus is your vision

God’s Hope for Your Heart from John 9 JESUS IS YOUR VISION The man answered, “Whether He is a sinner I do not know.  One thing I do know, that though I was born blind, now I see.”  (John 9:25) It’s one thing to be educated about Jesus.  It’s another to have an experience of Him […]

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 […]

Jesus has a purpose for His power

God’s Hope for Your Heart from John 2 JESUS HAS A PURPOSE FOR HIS POWER Jesus performed this first sign in Cana of Galilee.  He displayed His glory, and His disciples believed in Him… So when He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this.  And they believed the Scripture […]

Jesus meets you where you are

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Mark 9 JESUS MEETS YOU WHERE YOU ARE Someone from the crowd answered [Jesus], “Teacher, I bought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute.  And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. […]