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 […]

Jesus is your better hope

For on the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness (for the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God. (Hebrews 7:18-19) There are many substitute saviors in this life.  For the Jewish people, it was […]

Jesus is your perfect path to God

God’s Hope for Your Heart from 1 Timothy 2 JESUS IS YOUR PERFECT PATH TO GOD For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus…  (1 Timothy 2:5) Some try to get to God through works.  By doing enough good, perhaps they can accomplish their salvation. […]

God’s love is the source of your holiness

God’s Hope For Your Heart from 1 Thessalonians 3 GOD’S LOVE IS THE SOURCE OF YOUR HOLINESS And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the […]

God is the one who does the work

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Philippians 2 GOD IS THE ONE WHO DOES THE WORK Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.  (Philippians 2:12b-13) Sometimes we may look at our Christian life and feel discouraged. […]

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 wants to give you fruit that lasts

God’s Hope for Your Heart from John 15 JESUS WANTS TO GIVE YOU FRUIT THAT LASTS “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide.”  (John 15:16a) If you’re like most people, at some level you want to make an impact […]

Jesus wants you to be blessed

God’s Hope for Your Heart from John 13 JESUS WANTS YOU TO BE BLESSED “If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.”  (John 13:17) Jesus loves to bless people. Again and again, He not only speaks about His love, but He shows it in practical ways. Here, in this upper-room moment with His disciples recorded in John 13, Jesus […]

God’s blessing is already yours

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Luke 15 GOD’S BLESSING IS ALREADY YOURS But he was angry and refused to go in.  His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, “Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young […]

Will you receive what God wants to give?

Scripture Notes on Luke 15 “But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. […]