Upside-Down and Right-Side Up

Those of you who have been reading and learning the gospel of Jesus Christ–and especially those who have been trying to live it out–have learned this: Jesus doesn’t measure things the same way the world does. Not success, power, wealth, honor, justice, sin, forgiveness, or even love. Sometimes it seems to be an upside-down gospel,Continue reading “Upside-Down and Right-Side Up”

Sheep Among Wolves

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves” (Matt 10:16, NIV). Now, remember, it is I who sends you out, even though you feel vulnerable as lambs going into a pack of wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes yet as harmless as doves”Continue reading “Sheep Among Wolves”

Say the Word from Where You Are

A Gentile Roman centurion—the commander of a troop of one hundred soldiers—amazed Jesus with his faith. He had a beloved servant at home who was dying. The centurion had heard of and perhaps had even witnessed Jesus’ power to heal and sought him out. When Jesus heard about the dying servant, he readily agreed toContinue reading “Say the Word from Where You Are”

Temptation and Testing

Does God tempt people to sin? Of course not. James states it rather explicitly: When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone (James 1:13). But does God test his people? Yes. If you are reacting negatively to this statement, consider this:Continue reading “Temptation and Testing”