Articles Tagged 'Jesus'

Sharing Jesus Is not Like Selling Ads, but Still...

Sharing Jesus Is not Like Selling Ads, but Still...

What I learned about sharing Jesus from selling ads.

A parable is a story that illustrates a spiritual point -- like selling phone book ads and making disciples.

Preparing Hearts for Jesus

Preparing Hearts for Jesus

The sequence of grace — serving before saving!

Phil Ware shares insight on the beginning of Mark's gospel and how salvation is preceded by service, serving comes before saving, and the gospel always begins with a servant.

Dinner with Abba

Dinner with Abba

Communion is a reminder of why we belong at the Father's Table of grace.

Phil Ware reminds us that the cross was personal to Jesus and to us and because of it, we come to God as our 'Abba Father.'

Viewing People as Jesus Did!

Viewing People as Jesus Did!

Too often as human beings, we tend to view people in ways that demean their value to God and reveal the diminished value we place upon them.

Phil Ware reminds us of the four ways we often view people that are very crass and treats them as less than human, then he compares that to how Jesus views people.

Ancient Wisdom, Modern Grace: Passing It On

Ancient Wisdom, Modern Grace: Passing It On

How do we learn to live with broader horizons and greater risk-taking for the Kingdom of God?

Phil Ware completes his four-part series called 'Ancient Wisdom, Modern Grace.' He reminds us of our need to be a risk-taking group of Jesus followers

Ancient Wisdom, Today's Grace: Singing the Jesus Song

Ancient Wisdom, Today's Grace: Singing the Jesus Song

What can reach our hearts and call us to be like Jesus with power and emotion?

Phil Ware continues his series on 'Ancient Wisdom, Today's Grace' and challenges us to follow Paul's example of using our songs to call us back to Jesus.

Noah, Violence, and Grace

Noah, Violence, and Grace

The story of Noah fascinates children, but the message of Noah also reminds us of the Creator's heart being broken by humanity's penchant for violence.

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us that violence is not God's plan, but humanity's corrupt and wicked propensity to injure and mar those created in the image of God.

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!

A Palm Full of Mercy from a Basin of Grace

A Palm Full of Mercy from a Basin of Grace

How can a basin of water mean so much to so many?

Max Lucado reminds us that mercy may be hard, but it is often the only solution and that solution can only be offered by the one offended.

Resurrection Sunday!

Resurrection Sunday!

Have you read the story lately?

This is a harmonization of the accounts from the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, of the resurrection appearances of Jesus on the first day of his resurrection.

What Happens When You Die?

What Happens When You Die?

What Jesus' resurrection guarantees about our own.

Max Lucado shares insights from the Bible about what happens to us when we die and what Jesus' resurrection means to our hope.

God of Gracious Love

God of Gracious Love

Life without grace leaves us with a distorted understanding of God.

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us of God's grace: both his common grace and his sacrificial grace meant to save us from our sinful failures and save us to share his gracious purposes with the world.

I Doubt It: Never Die

I Doubt It: Never Die

Can Jesus really promise us that we will never die?

Phil Ware continues his "I Doubt It" series focused today on Jesus' promise to Mary that those who believe in him will never die.

God Still Cares

God Still Cares

When we have sinned, fallen short of God's plans for us, and have disappointed our heavenly Father, we assume he puts us into his “club for the unwanteds.”

James Nored and Phil Ware continue their messages on God's plan of redemption and how God longs to restore us to himself.

I Doubt It: I AM, Don't Be Afraid

I Doubt It: I AM, Don't Be Afraid

Maybe the goal in life is not to arrive at our goals, but to invite Jesus into the journey and let him get us where we need to be.

Phil Ware continues his series called "I Doubt It" and this week focuses on Jesus coming to his closest followers through the storm when they were exhausted, afraid, and uncertain.

Doing What Jesus' Asks

Doing What Jesus' Asks

Why are we so reluctant to do what Jesus asks us when we know he cares so much for us?

Max Lucado simply reminds us to obey Jesus when he asks something of us.

Joy Comes Because Jesus Comes

Joy Comes Because Jesus Comes

You have not lived one moment when you were not loved.

Max Lucado reminds us that Jesus appeared to Mary and what this exchange means to all of us.

Who Sings When They Are in Jail?

Who Sings When They Are in Jail?

Who prays in a jail and then does not leave when the doors come open?

There are two very surprising things in the story of the Philippian jailer. And two other things that seem to be expected to happen.

I Doubt It: The Delivery Room

I Doubt It: The Delivery Room

If Nicodemus needed grace despite all his religious accomplishments and his genuinely God-seeking heart, then we desperately need grace, too.

Phil Ware continues his series on 'I Doubt It' by talking about Jesus' encounter with Nicodemus and his need to be born of God, from above, born again.

I Doubt it: Stepping Out of the Boat

I Doubt it: Stepping Out of the Boat

Jesus didn't give up on Peter and his 'little faith' and he won't give up on us!

Phil Ware reminds us that it is not the storm or our "little faith" that is the problem: it's losing sight of Jesus!

He Entered Your World

He Entered Your World

God drew near to us in Jesus, so why would we not come to him with our challenges, troubles, and trials?

Max Lucado reminds us that Jesus longs for us to draw near to him in our times of troubles, problems, challenges, pain, and trials.

Longing for Home

Longing for Home

As we share this bread and drink this cup, let's be reminded of our home on the horizon and the joy we will share when we arrive!

Phil Ware talks about longing for home and the food of home and challenges us to see Communion as our taste of home while we are away.

Nothing to Prove

Nothing to Prove

Satan will tempt us to prove our importance just like he tempted Jesus.

Max Lucado reminds us that Satan will try to tempt us to be important and to show out rather than to serve, just like he did with Jesus.

A Great Reconstruction

A Great Reconstruction

God promises us a sacred blessing and a sacred delight in these words of Jesus!

Max Lucado reminds us that while the Beatitudes are demanding, they are also life-giving and a privilege to live as an answer to God's call in our lives.

Resolutions or Life-Quest?

Resolutions or Life-Quest?

Phil Ware challenges us to look beyond the New Year's resolutions on to a life pursuing Jesus.

Phil Ware challenges us to look beyond the New Year's resolutions on to a life pursuing Jesus.