I want to be seen. Not just out of the corner of someone’s eye or as an afterthought. I want to be seen! God sees us. Jesus sees us. How have you been seen? In preparation for this week, take the time to listen to this song by Nicole C. Mullins. Where do you need …

Jesus said others will know we are his disciples if we love one another. It isn’t if we attend church, build impressive structures, preach moving sermons, develop successful ministries or write inspirational blogs. Purely, it is if we love one another. Love for others was a marker of the early church; it attracted individuals even …

This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you, and it is not beyond your reach…I command you this day to love the Lord your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. — God through Moses Deuteronomy 30:11, 16 Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his …

The Lord always keeps his promises; he is gracious in all he does. The Lord helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads. Psalm 145:13-14 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I …

Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them! So Jesus told them this story:  “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he …

Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:35-36 God …

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him. Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. But when …

Have you ever experienced a miracle? An unlikely healing? An interruption of natural laws? I can’t say that I have personally experienced a miracle, although I know people who were healed when physicians said otherwise. Responses to a miracle today are likely just as varied as they were 2000 years ago. Matthew 8 recounts several …

Today I invite you to relax into your favorite chair, rest your head against the back and close your eyes. Take three minutes to listen to this reading of Psalm 8, noticing especially the psalmist’s emphasis on the holiness of God and the vast gulf between God and man. And yet, God is near, only …

God knows it all. He knows when I feel misunderstood, taken advantage of, overlooked, criticized or applauded, appreciated, seen. This song puts it all into words as only a song can. Sit back and take comfort that God knows.