We criticize the health and wealth gospel, and rightly so. Such a false gospel distorts the truth of the Good News. The business of God is the eternal salvation of all, not their physical condition.

At the same time, we can sometimes be guilty, in our prayers and efforts, of promoting and seeking material gain and physical advantage. One of the saddest statements of Christ was made to the Samaritan woman, who had just asked for indoor running water. Continue reading

How to reignite our joy and hope, when we have lost them?

When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord” Jn 20.20.

Jesus’ resurrection is the proof of all that God proposed to accomplish for humanity. The risen Christ restores the joy of receiving God’s gift and the hope of a future within his purpose. Continue reading

lessons at breakfastEvery morning, in homes across the land, someone gets up, sets the table, buys bread, prepares breakfast for the family. One beautiful morning, at the water’s edge, Jesus also prepares and serves breakfast to seven disciples.

Then Jesus served them the bread and the fish.
John 21:13 NTL Continue reading

cold factsNumbers, for me, are merely cold and dead digits that I use when I need them, and then I drop them at the first opportunity. I have no desire to read the book, The Mystery of Numbers, a history of mathematics. For me, they represent a daily utility, nothing more.

Some people look at facts in the same way. They are what they are, nothing more.

Running to verify a report of the Master’s empty tomb, Peter and John check to see that it’s true. And, then, …

Then the disciples went back to their homes.
John 20:10 ESV Continue reading

high priests deny GodEven at the last moment, the Jews do not speak the truth. They lie and manipulate the Roman governor to get what they want.

Then they shouted out, “Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!” Pilate asked, “Shall I crucify your king?” The high priests replied, “We have no king except Caesar!”
John 19:15 NET

Not even the Roman emperor was their king. Their king and god was their own ambition, which led them to deny the God they professed to serve. Who says this are the high priests and not just any Jew. They coordinated the temple service. Religious leaders of God’s people. They make it clear in this moment that God was nothing to them.

When our will conflicts with God’s will, when our vision of the kingdom contradicts the divine purpose, the moment will come when we deny the God we claim to serve.