I AM the Bread of Life

Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. … This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” John 6:48, 58 Miracles. Jesus had fed 5,000 men plus women and children with two loaves of barley bread and two fish. After this miracle, the crowd …

Remaining Hopeful

Transforming Trials into Triumph Do not be far from me, O Lord. Awake, and rise to my defense! Contend for me, my God and Lord. Psalm 35:22-23 False accusations. Ruthless witnesses. Gloating adversaries. How can such a scenario end in triumph, not tragedy? Yet that is the progression of David’s Psalm 35. In it, he described an unjust lawsuit, which …

Beginning Lent

True Repentance I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! Job 19:25–27 On Ash Wednesday, many Christians around …

New Year, New Adventures

Forward March! Then [Moses] said, … “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid … The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes and in the wilderness. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all …

Will You Welcome Him?

For this is what the high and exalted One says— he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. Isaiah 57:15 Some congregations today omit hymns …

Everlasting Joy

“Good Tidings of Great Joy” I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness. Isaiah 61:10 “Fear not, for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,” the angel told the shepherds on the …

Want to See the Light of Life?

There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. Revelation 22:5 The lights appear at one house, then another, and another. Certain houses or neighborhoods are so spectacularly lit that people go …