Posts with the tag “april”
by Audrey Rogers on May 19th, 2020
Acts 11:25-26Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. Everybody had grave suspicions when it came to this fellow named Saul. And for good reason. He wreaked havoc upon the church for years. And recent reports of him now claiming to follow Jesus was probably just interpreted as some kind of ploy. Allow him admittance? Psshh. No way! Then came...
by Audrey Rogers on April 30th, 2020
John 19:5Behold the Man! Behold is to stop everything and take the scene in for all it’s worth. Behold the Man! Crowned with thorns, robed in shame, struck with malice, forsaken by all. Behold the Man! Don’t move another step. Let it pierce your very soul. Behold THE LAMB OF GOD – bludgeoned and bloody, but sweetly serene. This should’ve been you. This should’ve been me. This should’ve been us. Bu...
by Audrey Rogers on April 29th, 2020
John 18:3So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons. What in the world is Judas doing? Earlier that evening Jesus was washing his feet. And now he is using those feet to lead an army against his friend. All for what? 30 pieces of silver. Beware of the love of money! It’ll take you to leng...
by Audrey Rogers on April 28th, 2020
John 17:11Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. Jesus prays for us that we would be one, just as the Father, Son and Spirit are one. We call this phenomenon the Trinity—a divine diversity found in unity. And if you were to take a peek inside the Trinity, do you know what you would see? You would see a harmonious, giving, and non-com...
by Audrey Rogers on April 27th, 2020
John 16:7It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. Imagine if you were on a football team, and your beloved and trusty quarterback has been taken out of the game for the “benefit of the team.” You are in the red zone and the coach suddenly pulls QB1 because he knows that QB2 is best equipped to finish the game. It was a part of the game plan ...
by Audrey Rogers on April 24th, 2020
John 15:5Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. If you want to be a fruitful Christian the gardener will undoubtedly bring pain. It might be the pain of pruning, it might even be the pain of removal, but it comes to make the tree better. This is called addition by subtraction. If you want more tomorro...
by Audrey Rogers on April 23rd, 2020
John 14:27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. Peace is a lot like oxygen. We have to have it, but we do nothing to make it. It’s made available to us and we breathe it in. The peace of Jesus is similar. We can’t manufacture it, but, as you can see in verse 27, it’s made available to us...
by Audrey Rogers on April 22nd, 2020
John 13:5He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. This is amazing. Jesus is literally minutes from being arrested and hauled off to a mock trial, and he’s washing his disciples’ feet. Now that’s dedication. He knew his disciples would forsake him. He knew one of them would even betray him. Yet there he is washin...
by Audrey Rogers on April 21st, 2020
John 12:24Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. The principles of Jesus are often counterintuitive—You want to live? Die.You want to win? Lose.You want to receive? Give.You want to rise? Sink.You want to be great? Be small.You want to be first? Be last.You want to be strong? Be weak.You want to be wise? Be my fool.You want to ...
by Audrey Rogers on April 20th, 2020
John 11:6When he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. Seems kind of strange. If anybody could help, he could. It's like calling 911, and them saying, “Okay, we'll get back to you in a couple of days.” Jesus didn't turn on the sirens. He didn't even get in the car. He stayed two days longer in the place where he was. Why? Our answer is found back in verse...
by Audrey Rogers on April 17th, 2020
John 10:33It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God. Here’s the stone upon which many stumble. Islam says, he's not God, he's only a Prophet. Hinduism says, he's not God, he's only a guru. Judaism says, he is not God, he's only a false Messiah. Buddhism says, he is not God, he's only an enlightened man. Jehovah Witness s...
by Audrey Rogers on April 16th, 2020
John 9:3It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We may never know the cause of a misfortune, but we know from verse 3 the reason. Something good can come from your misfortune. The darker the room, the brighter the light. The tougher the situation, the better the solution. The more lost the cause, the more stunning the salvation. Misfort...
by Audrey Rogers on April 15th, 2020
John 8:11Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more. This woman got off scot-free! Doesn’t that allow people just to think they can go out and commit immorality and there will be no consequences? If it worked for her, it’ll work for me, right? But I don’t think we need to be afraid of that. Here’s the reason—undeserved blessing motivates unexpected behavior. I wish we could see what her life loo...
by Audrey Rogers on April 14th, 2020
John 7:6My time has not yet come. I love the confidence of Jesus. Here his brothers were trying to egg him on. But Jesus stayed in the moment. He didn’t allow ambition to call him forward and he didn’t let fear hold him back. He trusted in the perfect timing of the Father. And the door into this same kind of confidence is Jesus. Oh, to dwell in Jesus, the supremely confident One. Where there is no...
by Audrey Rogers on April 13th, 2020
John 6:11Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. Sometimes all we have is a “little boy’s lunch.” Our need is great, and our resources are small. If we give, it won’t make much difference. If we give, what will we have left over? Whether it be tithes and offerings, or talent and ability. It may not be much, but if you pass it through ...
by Audrey Rogers on April 10th, 2020
John 5:10It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed. Now the Old Testament law did prohibit normal work on the Sabbath. But the Pharisees got so steeped in the law that they lost the heart. And when there’s no heart all you have is a mold. So, they had their mold for what the Sabbath should look like. But here comes Jesus breaking the mold and claiming divinity. And he’s s...
by Audrey Rogers on April 9th, 2020
John 4:4He had to pass through Samaria. He had to pass through Samaria? Was it the only way to go? No. He had to pass through Samaria, because he was compelled to do so. Jesus desired to reach ALL KINDS of people. And he was willing to cross cultural lines to get to them. The typical route for the Jew of Jesus’ Day was around Samaria. The typical route was avoidance. Those who are radically diffe...
by Audrey Rogers on April 8th, 2020
John 3:26Look, he is baptizing, and all are going to him. What happens when you’re pretty good at something, and somebody else comes along and does it better? I think it’s an established fact that Walmart is the new Kmart. And maybe we should say that Chick-fil-A is the new KFC? At any rate, no body likes being out done. Not even John the Baptist’s disciples, as you can see here in verse 26. Yet, ...
by Audrey Rogers on April 7th, 2020
John 2:24-25Jesus did not entrust himself to them… for he knew what was in man. People love you when times are good but when times get tough they seem to duck out. People can be flighty and undependable. People change their minds and switch loyalties. They bounce from one thing to another. And this can be said of us all. And, as we can see in this passage today, Jesus knew it all too well. Ther...
by Audrey Rogers on April 6th, 2020
John 1:30After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me. No one typically likes to come in second place. However, back in 2008, a guy in the car battery industry started a little movement that went international. It’s called “I Am Second.” If you’re interested in checking them out, you’ll see that their website is full of videos made by people giving testimony for why Jesus Chr...
by Audrey Rogers on April 3rd, 2020
Luke 24:32Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road?Sometimes we can become enamored. So much so that our hearts are set on fire.However, there’s a difference between smoke and heat. There’s a difference between human fire and godly fire. One doesn’t have much substance and therefore producesa lot of smoke. The other has sustainable fuel and produces a healthy flame. You ...
by Audrey Rogers on April 2nd, 2020
Luke 23:34Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. There’s Jesus suspended by nails, scanning the scene below. Soldiers sporting. Crowds gawking. Rulers pontificating. Criminals haranguing. Bearers of God’s image with really no clue. Flashes of pain. Waves of nausea. The taste of death. Sin crouching at the door. Murder, Jealousy, Hypocrisy, and Spite – mingling in and around the peop...
by Audrey Rogers on April 1st, 2020
Luke 22:24A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. Are you kidding me? Jesus just gets done predicting his own betrayal and subsequent murder, and the disciples are posturing for promotion? The timing couldn’t have been worse. And why are they concerned about it in the first place? Yet Jesus didn’t blast them for their insensitivity. Rather he told t...
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