Articles Tagged 'Christ'

Refresh

Refresh

If the gospel we believe doesn't cause us to liberate people from the chains of our prejudices and selfishness, then perhaps we don’t understand it.

Patrick Odom uses the short letter of Paul to Philemon to remind us what is important in Christ.

Looking Beyond the Fireworks

Looking Beyond the Fireworks

Peter thought it was good to be in that moment in time, but he had no idea the greatness of Jesus that he was missing!

Phil Ware reminds us not to miss the truth about Jesus by getting too caught up in the heavenly fireworks of the Transfiguration.

Kryptonite of Grace

Kryptonite of Grace

Why in the world would Mark tell this story about what Jesus couldn't do after telling about four powerful miracles Jesus did?

Phil Ware challenges us with a hard truth about our low expectations of what we believe Jesus can do with us, for us, and through us -- are we, the church, the Nazareth of today?

Not a Patch, but a Whole New World

Not a Patch, but a Whole New World

Pursue Jesus. Completely pursue him. You will notice that while you are not religious, you are being drawn to a holy character and gracious compassion that religion longs to impart, but cannot!

Phil Ware continues looking at the gospel of Mark and reminds us that Jesus isn't a patch on religion or a new joy to infuse old and stale religion; he is an altogether all new thing.

Dinner at Levi's House

Dinner at Levi's House

They're unsettling. They're uncomfortable. They're troubling. So, we don't ask, at least not out loud!

Phil Ware asks a bunch of troubling questions as he looks at the story of Jesus and his call of Levi and the party Levi had at his house afterwords.

Until...

Until...

We wait in eager expectation until we share in our reunion with Jesus in glory!

Phil Ware reminds us that The Lord's Supper is not a time to just look back, but also a time of great anticipation and eager expectation for the Lord's return.

In Our Hands

In Our Hands

The Father has given us a simple way of remembering the significance of this Supper: our hands!

Phil Ware continues his series of Communion devotionals called 'Beyond Bread and Wine' with a reminder that our often taken for granted hands can lead us to a profound grace!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Our prayer is that the Lord Jesus and his abiding presence can be real to you during this special season of grace and joy.

Phil Ware shares a Merry Christmas greeting from all of the Heartlight.org and VerseoftheDay.com family.

The Christmas Interruption

The Christmas Interruption

Pause and let God speak hope rather than giving way to fear and panic.

Max Lucado reminds us that the first Christmas was one big gigantic interruption in the life of unknown shepherds.

Give Me Jesus: Now

Give Me Jesus: Now

God came to us in a way that all of us could find him, know him, and find our way home!

This is part of a 4 part series on Jesus' birth called, "Give Me Jesus," and this one focuses on finding him now.

God Became Flesh

God Became Flesh

Take a look at this baby and see God... in a manger, come to be with us!

Max reminds us that a baby makes us do crazy things at Christmas and this baby should help us see God!

A Baby Changes...

A Baby Changes...

When a child enters the world, that baby changes everything for everyone involved!

Rick Brown challenges us to look at some of the words that surround Jesus' birth and take seriously what they can mean to us.

Give Me Jesus: Then!

Give Me Jesus: Then!

We sometimes forget that Jesus' birth, so wrapped in sentimentality at Christmas, was a real event when the Immortal God chose to wrap himself in the fragile face of a newborn child.

Phil Ware continues his Christmas series, entitled "Give Me Jesus", focusing this week on the specific time, the then, of Jesus' coming.

Something Greater to Come

Something Greater to Come

Waiting for the Lord to come and realizing that his coming is clothed in love.

Phillip Morrison reminds us that waiting and Christmas and Advent involve waiting and the wait is worth the effort when the desire of our hearts comes and fills us with his love.

An Early Christmas Would Be Nice

An Early Christmas Would Be Nice

Despite all the mess and the complications, God came to live among us being born in a place where animals fed.

Max Lucado reminds that Jesus, the Son of God, the Christ and Messiah, came to us in a manger in Bethlehem.

Couldn't!

Couldn't!

As Jesus' family, what are we preventing him from doing among us because of our lack of faith?

Phil Ware reminds us of the dangers of limiting what Jesus can do among us and through us because we think we know what we can expect of him.

Like Michelle!

Like Michelle!

How do we have an infectious love of people and life that it changes us and those around us?

Brian McCutchen reminds us of the joyous and infectious virtues of a heart gladly surrendered to Jesus, like Michelle's.

When I Am Weak...

When I Am Weak...

So what's so good about admitting that we have times of weakness?

Tom Norvell reminds us that our weaknesses are the occasion for us to rely on God's strength.

Cruciformed Disciple

Cruciformed Disciple

If the Lord can transform Peter with his failures, imagine what the Lord can do with you.

Phil Ware finishes his four part series on Peter and following Jesus by focusing on Jesus transforming and cruciforming him into a great servant for the Kingdom of God.

The Misunderstanding

The Misunderstanding

Without understanding the cross, we turn Christianity into another human contest about self-importance.

Phil Ware shares his third post on The Question, Peter's confession of Jesus and how he had to be broken before he could really understand what his confession meant.

No Box Works!

No Box Works!

You can try to make Jesus into the Messiah you want him to be, but he's too big for your job description!

Max Lucado reminds us that Jesus defies description and won't fit into any boxes that limit him and make him manageable.

Unleashing God's Holy Fire

Unleashing God's Holy Fire

The Father has given us access to holy power and a way to bless each other through prayer if only we will take advantage of it!

Phil Ware completes his four part series on growing to become like Jesus through the transformative work of the Holy Spirit, the transformation that Jesus promises us when we choose to follow him as his disciple.

Dancing with the Spirit

Dancing with the Spirit

To become more like Christ, we must allow the Lord to lead us in the dance of grace to the music of the Holy Spirit.

Phil Ware shares article three in his four part series on being transformed to become like Jesus.

Remember Your Worth

Remember Your Worth

You have been chosen by Christ for an eternity-long relationship!

Max Lucado reminds us that we are the precious bride of Christ and we need to keep our focus on our wedding day.

Not All Who Lose Are Losers

Not All Who Lose Are Losers

Sometimes the scoreboard only reveals the game's outcome, not the winners and losers!

Phillip Morrison reminds us that not all who lose are losers, in fact, the greatest victor of all could have been called a loser before he won the greatest victory of all time.