Faithful Friends

Lou Lotz

READ : Mark 2:1-12 And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” (v. 5) There are two ways to get to the top of a tall oak tree—you can roll up your sleeves and start climbing, or you can sit on an acorn. The four friends in the Gospel of Mark, these …

What Happened In Church

Lou Lotz

READ : Mark 1:21-28 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. (v. 26) Ever think about why people come to church? Believe me, your pastor thinks about it all the time. Some people come to worship. Some come out of habit. Some come to keep peace in the family. Some …

The Best Is Yet to Be

Lou Lotz

READ : John 2:1-11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him. (v. 11) What is a miracle? The Greek word for miracle is semaios, which means sign. Like all signs, miracles point to something beyond themselves. They point to God. A miracle is not a …

The Final Word

Jeff Munroe

READ : Judges 21:25 Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. (v. 25) I would define the prevailing moral ethos of our current cultural moment as: “No one else can decide right and wrong for you.” How different is that from “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes”? In reality, Judges 21:25 is the best one-sentence …