Articles Tagged 'Lord'

Treasure

Treasure

How can such a discovery, no matter how badly dirt-encrusted and stained, not be seen as a genuine treasure?

Phil Ware tells us a simple story of a mother's love to remind how our Father sees us as his treasure.

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?

Primal Fears

Primal Fears

Instinctive? Maybe. Pervasive? Absolutely! Primal fears have plagued humanity for as long as we have told stories and laid awake at night... afraid!

Phil Ware looks at Jesus and how he brings us victory over our worst fears as adults.

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.

More Mess than Ministry?

More Mess than Ministry?

When we choose our way, when we think we must be true to what we feel rather than what Jesus said, we find ourselves opposing the work of Christ.

Phil Ware reminds us that authentic ministry involves listening for the will of God in time in God's presence, genuine compassionate and personal care for those who are broken, and obedience to Jesus as our Lord.

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.'

Eating and Leftovers

Eating and Leftovers

Why the connection between Jesus and 'the leftovers' and why does the modern church not have the same relationships?

Phil Ware reminds us that our times at the Lord's Table should be filled with the same kind of people who joined Jesus at the table when he was on earth!

The Whole World

The Whole World

Why is our sight so short-sided that we cannot see the whole world at Jesus' Table of grace?

Phil Ware continues his series on 'Beyond Bread and Wine' focusing on Jesus' death for the sin of the whole world and a special Sunday in Bangkok, Thailand.

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!

I Doubt It: Dirty Feet & Open Hands

I Doubt It: Dirty Feet & Open Hands

Learning the art of loving and sacrificial service in a room full of dirty feet.

Phil Ware continues his series called, 'I Doubt It,' focusing this week on Jesus' tender act of washing the disciples' feet.

Something Simple, Something Glorious

Something Simple, Something Glorious

Don't be fooled by the simplicity of this meal, but be reminded that Jesus makes simple things glorious!

Phil Ware reminds us that though the bread and wine of this meal are simple, so were Jesus' words to Jairus' daughter, and those words changed everything.

Until He Comes!

Until He Comes!

The Lord's Supper is our regular reminder that Jesus is coming for us to share in his victory!

Phil Ware continues our focus on the Lord's Supper called Beyond Bread and Wine: this week our focus is on Jesus' return in glory!

Worthy!

Worthy!

How can I take this bread and wine as someone worthy?

Phil Ware reminds us that we share in The Supper, not because we are worthy of Jesus' sacrifice, but because we've been made worthy by his sacrifice!

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.

Broken Bread

Broken Bread

Why is it so important to recognize that the bread is broken? Because we are broken, too!

Phil Ware continues his series of Communion Devotionals called Beyond Bread and Wine that focuses on all the depth, meaning, and significance to the Lord's Supper.

Touchable Hope

Touchable Hope

What the resurrected Jesus gave to his shocked disciples who disbelieved for joy was tangible proof he had risen from the dead!

Phil Ware begins the new section with a reflection on the Lord's Supper and what it can mean for us.

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.

Wait!

Wait!

If the apostles needed to wait on the Spirit, shouldn't we?

Max Lucado reminds us that the Holy Spirit is essential to all we do and are as followers of Jesus, so let's wait on the Spirit to lead us and empower us before launching out too hastily into the unknown.

The Lord is Near: Doubts

The Lord is Near: Doubts

How do we hang onto God's promises when they seem too good to be true?

Phil Ware shares his third in a series of 6 messages on the promise that the LORD is near; this time focusing on our doubts.

The Lord is Near: Longing

The Lord is Near: Longing

We are not alone in longing to know that the presence of the Lord is with us!

Phil Ware begins a series called the Lord is near and reminds us that the Lord is close and we have a right to long to know his presence is real and is near.

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.

How Big Is Our Aquarium?

How Big Is Our Aquarium?

Why do we have to be the big fish in our small puddle?

Phil Ware looks through The Jesus Window and is led to ask a question of all of us: just how big is our aquarium, just how big is our Jesus?

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.