Jesus blazed a trail of self-denial and sacrifice. His trail is a path where I find myself crucified, daily taking up my cross in the pursuit of losing my life so that I may find a true life. I lay aside my selfish ambitions and choose to be forever fed by the Bread of Life. I … More The Narrow Gate
Like the enemy soldiers in WWI who stopped fighting on Christmas to celebrate and yearn for “peace on earth” together, we celebrate things that don’t seem to exist in real life. In our hopes and dreams at Christmastime, there is a yearning to return to Eden, a place where there is no hunger, shame, war, … More Celebrating Christmas
God spared the son of Abraham, and God provided a ram. God spared the Hebrews in captivity because of the blood of lambs. But he did not spare his own Son. His Son was the ultimate Ram in the thicket; Jesus was the true and final Passover Lamb. He was slaughtered, and his blood was … More The Enemy is Defeated
An idol is an idea. The danger of an idol originates in the heart of the worshiper, not the stone. A stone is not dangerous, but desiring something to the extent that you are willing to sacrifice something so you will get what it promises is dangerous. We may not have stone and wooden figures, … More Wait.
Isaiah tells the story of a man who plants a vineyard. He did everything right. He chose fertile land, he cleared it of any obstructive debris, and he built a wine vat with the expectation of producing wine. He even built a watchtower to protect the vineyard after he filled the vineyard with choice vines, … More The Vineyard and its Owner
I often lose sight of what it means to take on the yoke of Jesus. He promises an easy yoke and a light burden. He says I will find rest for my soul if I am weary and burdened. But I find that following Him is incredibly difficult at times. It can be exhausting and … More “Come to Me”