Jesus, please numb my pain!

“Do you want to heal it or just numb the pain?” That’s what the Pharmacist asked a 12- year-old John Estorge in response to complaints of burning mouth ulcers. Not being a fan of pain, I contemplated the question for a moment thinking,  “Who cares about healing, I just want it to stop hurting… I’llContinue reading “Jesus, please numb my pain!”

Once Saved Always Saved?

Perseverance is the key virtue in the Christian Life because without it, one has no guarantee of a future inheritance with God in heaven. The Scriptures give us guarantees like, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Php 1:6) and at theContinue reading “Once Saved Always Saved?”

Jesus demands First Place

If I make the claim that my wife is prominent in my earthly affections, that’s not saying very much. All I would be saying is that within my heart’s desires, she is noticeable and easy to see among all of the other competing passions in my life. In my earthly affections, my wife should reignContinue reading “Jesus demands First Place”

Prayer for a Focused Heart

Do you find it easy for your heart to lose its focus on Christ and doing His Will? I think there is natural drift in all of our hearts especially when our little worlds feel chaotic and our eyes attend to  circumstances rather than remembering the generosity and grace of our Lord. And sometimes weContinue reading “Prayer for a Focused Heart”

An Encouraging Word

Remember all the patterns of grace that are in heaven. You think, oh, what a monument of grace you would like to be! There are many thousands as rich monuments as you can be. The greatest sinner did never pass the grace of Christ. Do not despair. Hope still. When the clouds are blackest, evenContinue reading “An Encouraging Word”

Wine for the Soul

This is Part 3 of a three part series on Jesus and Wine: See Part 1, Part 2 The gospel tastes so much better than Chicken Soup, it is actually Wine for the Soul.  For his first miracle, Moses turned water into blood, the curse of the law turning common comforts into bitterness and terror (ExodusContinue reading “Wine for the Soul”

Jesus Makes the Best Wine

I have always been impressed that the coming out party of the Son of God was during a wedding reception where He transformed water into the best tasting wine imaginable. The narrative of the wedding miracle is recorded in John 2:1-11 where Jesus Christ showed Himself publicly to be the God of all Creation whoContinue reading “Jesus Makes the Best Wine”

An Eating and Drinking Savior

What are we to think about our Lord Jesus Christ attending a wedding reception, an event where excesses are common and at different times in history, clergy had even been forbidden to attend? Some are uncomfortable with such a scene and salve their consciences by fabricating a history of an early weakened fermentation. Even ifContinue reading “An Eating and Drinking Savior”

Midlife Crisis is a Midlife Opportunity

We may call it a crisis, but the Lord calls it an opportunity. From His perspective it is an opportunity to bring a deeper consolation to our souls so that we can find ourselves more satisfied in Him; so we can experience the God who is Enough for us!  But we are only transformed toContinue reading “Midlife Crisis is a Midlife Opportunity”

Midlife Crisis: struggling in the middle

Why is it that the middle of everything is the most difficult? The beginning is usually filled with excitement,  anticipation and expectation and the adrenaline usually carries you for a while. While the end has its own celebration of patience, endurance and perseverance and the satisfaction of a job well done! It is the middleContinue reading “Midlife Crisis: struggling in the middle”