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”

Quick Thought Thursday: The Ever Expanding Reach of Grace

This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Matthew 20-22. “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.” ~Matthew 21:31 The ever expanding reach of grace! Do you know why the last are first, and the first are last? One reason, those whoContinue reading “Quick Thought Thursday: The Ever Expanding Reach of Grace”

Quick Thought Thursday: Listen to Him

This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Matthew 17-19. “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” ~Matthew 17:5 Listen to him! There are so many voices competing or my listening ear, some good, some bad, some loud, some quiet, but always battling for myContinue reading “Quick Thought Thursday: Listen to Him”

Quick Thought Thursday: Maturity & Wisdom are Lifeless Apart from Jesus

This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Matthew 14-16. “‘Lord, if it’s you,’ Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to you on the water.’” ~Matthew 14:28 What was Peter thinking! The “wise” of the world whisper, “be sensible you fool; nobody recklessly leaves the boat.” The relentless voices of the mature laugh, “whatContinue reading “Quick Thought Thursday: Maturity & Wisdom are Lifeless Apart from Jesus”

Quick Thought Thursday: His Justice

This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Matthew 11-13. “He won’t walk over anyone’s feelings, won’t push you into a corner. Before you know it, his justice will triumph; the mere sound of his name will signal hope, even among far-off unbelievers.” ~Matthew 12:20-21 MSG He is the perfect embodiment of hope andContinue reading “Quick Thought Thursday: His Justice”

Quick Thought Thursday: My Beloved Brothers & Sisters

This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Matthew 8-10. “While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples.” ~Matthew 9:10 When was the last time you had dinner at “a sinners” house? Oh man, that means you have to not onlyContinue reading “Quick Thought Thursday: My Beloved Brothers & Sisters”

Quick Thought Thursday: Those People Too?

This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Matthew 5-7. “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” ~Matthew 5:44 Wait, what, those people? Love those people? Those people! They want to embarrass me, they want my job, they’re red, they’re blue, they’re obnoxious, they wish and workContinue reading “Quick Thought Thursday: Those People Too?”

Monday Missionary Spotlight: Harrell Family Missions

We’d like to occasionally highlight some prayer requests from missionaries and other local missions. Today, we’re highlighting The Harrell Family. If you didn’t receive their last update letter, we wanted to share some of the highlights below: Harrell Family Missions Missions Ministry Report Dear precious friends, The Harrell family is so excited – God IsContinue reading “Monday Missionary Spotlight: Harrell Family Missions”