Quick Thought Thursday: Our True Identity

This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Luke 15-16. “We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life.” ~Luke 15:23-24 It’s the celebration of “tax collectors, notorious sinners, and lost sons” who have returned to Life! The Lost are the people Jesus spendsContinue reading “Quick Thought Thursday: Our True Identity”

Quick Thought Thursday: What Does the Kingdom Look Like?

This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Luke 13-14. “The Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.” ~Luke 13:19 Most seeds are meant to grow and produce something. An appleContinue reading “Quick Thought Thursday: What Does the Kingdom Look Like?”

Quick Thought Thursday: Shameless Audacity

This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Luke 11-12. “ … yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.” ~Luke 11:8 How do you relate to the Good Father? Jesus teaches us to pray by starting with “Father,” the acknowledgment that GodContinue reading “Quick Thought Thursday: Shameless Audacity”

Quick Thought Thursday: What Does “Private” Look Like?

This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Luke 9-10. “Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?” ~Luke 9:18 I really enjoy the quiet of the morning and a hot cup of coffee; it’s the best time ofContinue reading “Quick Thought Thursday: What Does “Private” Look Like?”

Quick Thought Thursday: Death Infected With Life

This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Luke 7-8. “When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, ‘Don’t cry.’” ~Luke 7:13 The heart of Jesus is always on the move, it’s always “going out!” Here’s a widow who’s lost so much: her husband, her community, her economicContinue reading “Quick Thought Thursday: Death Infected With Life”

Quick Thought Thursday: Enemies?

This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Luke 5-6. “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,” ~Luke 6:27 I’ve heard first world Christians quote this so often that it losses it’s power and becomes nothing more than a pithy saying. Who are our enemies? Is it the man down theContinue reading “Quick Thought Thursday: Enemies?”

Monday Missionary Spotlight: The Humdertmarks

Today, we’re highlighting The Hundertmarks. If you didn’t receive their last update email, we wanted to share it below: Wait a second…We have been living in the village for six months? Yes! Does it feel like it’s been that long? Most definitely yes, but at the same time, no. If you’re reading this and you’re overContinue reading “Monday Missionary Spotlight: The Humdertmarks”

Quick Thought Thursday: “If”

This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Luke 3-4. “The devil said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, …’” ~Luke 4:3 “If” can be a dangerous word. The same thing God the Father says about Jesus is repeated by the devil with one word added, “if.” Even Following Jesus baptismContinue reading “Quick Thought Thursday: “If””

Quick Thought Thursday: Eyewitnesses

This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Luke 1-2. “… they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word.” ~Luke 1:2 There are few things more valuable to investigators than reliable eyewitnesses. The canonized Gospels in the Bible are based on the accountsContinue reading “Quick Thought Thursday: Eyewitnesses”

Quick Thought Thursday: “My” God!

This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Mark 15-16. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” ~Mark 15:34 In the midst of Jesus’ greatest agony he quotes scripture, Psalm 22. Many listening would have known the entire passage, and all that would be needed was the reference of the first line.Continue reading “Quick Thought Thursday: “My” God!”

Quick Thought Thursday: Hope Weeps With Us

This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Mark 13-14. “‘Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.’ And he broke down and wept.” ~Mark 14:72 Peter wept. The Gospel of John tells us that “Jesus wept” in chapter 11. Jesus wept over the death and brokenness in the world; JesusContinue reading “Quick Thought Thursday: Hope Weeps With Us”

Quick Thought Thursday: Life Returns to Jerusalem

This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Mark 11-12. “Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting, ‘Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’” ~Mark 11:9 “Life” returns to Jerusalem! The people celebrate, the people dance, and theContinue reading “Quick Thought Thursday: Life Returns to Jerusalem”

Quick Thought Thursday: God’s Limitless Love

This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Mark 9-10. “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” ~Mark 10:17 His unfailing love for us cannot be shaken, it cannot be removed, it heals, it is limitless! How big is my view of God’s love? Do I live like God’s limitless loveContinue reading “Quick Thought Thursday: God’s Limitless Love”

Quick Thought Thursday: Let My Words Be Few

This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Mark 7-8. “You have eyes, can’t you see? You have ears, can’t you hear? Don’t you remember anything at all?” ~Mark 8:18 Help! Lord, help me silence my words so I can hear your words of life! My words compared to Jesus, the “Word of GodContinue reading “Quick Thought Thursday: Let My Words Be Few”

Quick Thought Thursday: Jesus’ Name

This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Mark 5-6. “King Herod heard about this, for Jesus’ name had become well known.” ~Mark 6:14 There is so much in this chapter that it is difficult to focus on only one thing for a post! How do you choose between John the Baptist getting executed,Continue reading “Quick Thought Thursday: Jesus’ Name”

Quick Thought Thursday: Where is Jesus Leading Us?

This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Mark 3-4. “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” ~Mark 4:35 Where is Jesus leading us? Jesus must have known that they were headed straight into the storm. Still, Jesus leads them right where they’d never choose to be, in the middle of theContinue reading “Quick Thought Thursday: Where is Jesus Leading Us?”

Quick Thought Thursday: Willing, Compassionate, & Capable

This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Mark 1-2. “A man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. ‘If You are willing, You can heal me and make me clean,’ he said. Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. ‘I am willing,’” ~Mark 1:40-41 NLTContinue reading “Quick Thought Thursday: Willing, Compassionate, & Capable”

Quick Thought Thursday: The Will of the Trinity

This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Matthew 26-28. “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” ~Matthew 26:39 “My” Father … even in the midst of deep grief, and overwhelming anxiety, the Trinity remains. Even when his sweatContinue reading “Quick Thought Thursday: The Will of the Trinity”

Monday Missionary Spotlight: Harrell Family Missions

Harrell Family Missions Update March 2022 Today, we’re highlighting The Harrell Family. If you didn’t receive their last update email, we wanted to share it below: Greetings friends and family, Thank you for your prayers and support, these last few months have been very fruitful, and we are excited to share some news with youContinue reading “Monday Missionary Spotlight: Harrell Family Missions”

Monday Missionary Spotlight: CRU

We’d like to occasionally highlight some prayer requests and updates from missionaries and other local missions. Today, we’re highlighting CRU. As a church, we support CRU (formally Campus Crusade for Christ). If you’re unfamiliar with CRU, it is an ecumenical Christian organization. It was founded in 1951 at the University of California, by Bill BrightContinue reading “Monday Missionary Spotlight: CRU”