Fight Fear: Stand Up for Truth

Willing to Risk Ridicule But the Lord said to [Jeremiah], “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 1:8–9 The young priest Jeremiah was minding his own …

Unwavering Hope

At a craft show, I flipped through an artist’s prints for sale. I stopped when I came across a painting of three birds nestled among the words of Emily Dickinson: “Hope is the thing with feathers / that perches in the soul / and sings the words without the tune / and never stops at all.” Dickinson’s poem encapsulates the …

The Twelfth Apostle

Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us, beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection. Acts 1:21-22 After He rose from the dead, …

The Householder

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Matthew ended his collection of parables in chapter 13 with the story of a householder. This parable follows a conversation between Jesus and His disciples. He asked them, …

The Dishonest Manager

Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2 (NLT) Every employer desires faithful employees—workers committed to enhancing a business’s reputation and success. God also desires such workers in His kingdom. How can we know if we’re meeting His expectations? To help us understand what God expects, Jesus told a parable about …

The Yeast

This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:9-10 Once, when my husband and I visited his sister and her husband, we were awakened to the wonderful aroma coming from their new bread-making machine. We’d anticipated the smell …

The Two Debtors

Jesus said, “I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown Me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” Luke 7:47 NLT Simon, a Pharisee, invited Jesus to dinner. As they ate, a woman “who had lived a sinful life” entered the room (Luke 7:36). Weeping, she knelt before …

The Mustard Seed

Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches. Matthew 13:32 When Jesus began His ministry, He said, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). Although He didn’t establish the kingdom in its …

The Hard-Working Servant

When you have done everything you were told to do, [you] should say, “We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.” Luke 17:10  Do you ever think God expects too much of you? In Luke 17:1-4, Jesus presented two hard-to-swallow teachings. First, He warned the disciples about causing others to stumble (vv. 1-2). Second, He instructed them to …

The Lost Sheep

“I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down,” declares the Sovereign LORD. “I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.” Ezekiel 34:15-16 (NIV 2011). Jesus told the parable …