Here is Good News!

Here is Good News!

June 21, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

As we begin our Life for Leaders study in the Gospel of Mark, I thought it might be helpful to provide a bit of background to the book we’ll be examining. We know surprisingly little for sure about the writing of the Gospel of Mark.

Why the Gospel of Mark?

Why the Gospel of Mark?

June 20, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

Today, we begin a new Life for Leaders series based on the Gospel of Mark. For the next several months, we will walk slowly through this Gospel, allowing it to deepen our faith and enlarge our vision of what it means to follow Jesus in every part of life.

A Tribute to The Father

A Tribute to The Father

June 19, 2016By Breon Wells

Perhaps this is what Jesus was doing when he stated “If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on you do know him and have seen him”. The bond between God the Father and Jesus the Son was so strong that people could identify the characteristics of God by following and watching Jesus. Our Savior was showing us the best way to honor God the Father and all fathers.

God Will Give You the Desires of Your Heart

God Will Give You the Desires of Your Heart

June 17, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

Psalm 37:4 is one of those verses that Christians can twist to suit their own fancy. For example, I have heard some preachers claim, on the basis of this verse, that God will give us anything we desire. If we simply “claim it,” God will give us mansions, yachts, luxury cars, and, well, you name it. To be sure, God can and does bless us materially. But to argue from Psalm 37:4 that “God will give you anything you want” misses the whole point of the verse.

The Right Frame Makes All the Difference, Part 3

The Right Frame Makes All the Difference, Part 3

June 16, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

In the last couple of days, I have been reflecting with you on how the “frame” of Scripture helps us understand the Bible, and therefore our lives, more completely. In yesterday’s devotion, we noted how both the first creation in Genesis 1-2 and the new creation in Revelation 21-22 underscore the importance to God of the created world. And if God cares so much about creation, then certainly we should as well.

The Right Frame Makes All the Difference, Part 2

The Right Frame Makes All the Difference, Part 2

June 15, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

In yesterday’s Life for Leaders devotion, I began to consider how our “frame” for the biblical story influences our reading of Scripture. For example, if our frame begins with Genesis 3, the entrance of sin and death into the world, then we’ll read the rest of the Bible as being mainly a story of how God overcomes the problem of sin. But if our frame is wider, then we’ll see more in Scripture than we had seen before. Sin, death, and life after death will continue to matter greatly, but we’ll understand the meaning and purpose of our lives more broadly.

The Right Frame Makes All the Difference, Part 1

The Right Frame Makes All the Difference, Part 1

June 14, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

Several times in our life, my wife and I purchased a picture for our home. We liked the photograph or painting and felt fairly sure it would add beauty to our life. Before hanging it on the wall, however, Linda would head off to the frame store. A couple of weeks later, she’d return with the framed picture. I would be amazed by how much the frame influenced how I saw the picture. It not only added to the overall beauty of the picture, but also helped to highlight key colors or themes. It helped my eyes see what they ought to see. Indeed, the right frame can make all the difference.

How Jesus Comes to Us Even Now

How Jesus Comes to Us Even Now

June 13, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

Three times in Revelation 22 the Lord says, “I am coming soon” (22:7, 12, 20). This repeated promise points to the future, when Christ will come in victory, establishing his justice and peace on earth. Thus, we look forward to the coming of Christ with joyful expectation, praying, “Come, Lord Jesus” (22:20).

As we await his future coming, we are not without the Lord’s presence in our lives. Yes, he is not with us in the way he will be one day. But Jesus nevertheless comes to us in various ways, fulfilling his promise in Matthew 28:20, “And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age.”

“I Am The The Resurrection And The Life”, Part 2

“I Am The The Resurrection And The Life”, Part 2

June 12, 2016By Tim Yee

In yesterday’s Life for Leaders devotion, I talked about Jesus’ claim to be the resurrection and the life, and the implications of this truth in my personal life and in the lives of all leaders. Verse 33 comes after Jesus’ claim to be the resurrection and the life. It precedes the miracle of Lazarus being raised from the dead and is followed by John 11:35, which is famously the shortest verse in the bible: “Jesus wept.” These two verses hint that Jesus was not overcome with grief over the death of Lazarus (whom he knew he was going to bring back to life), but rather deeply grieved over the state of humanity. There is so much pain and heartache in this world and Jesus is grieving that his resurrection life is not yet fully realized in the creation that he so lovingly made. Jesus will give a glimpse of his glory to come in the raising of Lazarus, yet here he weeps because death still reigns until he comes again to eradicate it in full.