How Do You Respond to Rejection? What did Jesus do? The time had come. The mob came to seize Jesus. Peter’s response was to draw a sword and defend his friend. But when Jesus made it clear there would be no violence on their part, the disciples fled… All of them. John did not even take time to put clothes on and fled naked. Jesus’ friends…who had seen the miracles...

Pray for Our Schools

He was blind. Born blind. The disciples wanted to debate. “Was it his sin or his parent’s sin? The Pharisees wanted to blame. “You filthy sinner.” Jesus wanted to reveal the works of God. After he was healed… His parents, in fear, wanted to deny. The Pharisees still wanted to blame and ostracized. “ How dare Jesus heal on the Sabbath.” Jesus wanted to save. Yesterday, I did something dumb....

Jesus and Vaccinations

Would Jesus support vaccinations? Let me tell you what He would NOT do first: 1. Jesus would not divide – the vaccinated against the unvaccinated. He would invite both to the table. 2. He would not refuse to heal and he would not judge. 3. He would not vilify leaders on either side. 4. He would not mock, exclude, or wish death on either side. 5. He would not accuse...

A Day in the Life

The 8th chapter of Luke, seems like the year 2020 for Jesus. He got in a boat and a storm arose that was so fierce even seasoned fishermen panicked. He got off the boat and was confronted by a demon-possessed madman who had a history of intimidating the locals. The village where he landed rejected him and asked Him to leave their area. An unclean woman touched him. She not...

Indignant

We often think, as Christians we should not get angry or indignant. But Jesus was indignant. He was indignant because people were being cheated in the temple. He was indignant when the priests cared more about the Sabbath than setting people free. He was indignant when His disciples could not heal a young boy. I pray that the church that meets in America’s heart would break for that which breaks...

Me vs. Me

I’m in a battle this morning. It’s an epic battle. Who will win? My battle this morning is NOT against Satan; he is a defeated foe. My battle is not against another person. My battle is against me. My flesh vs. My Spirit. Today is the first official day of returning to school and my flesh is in an uproar. My flesh says, “Why can’t I just work from home?...

Love Like Jesus

He was a tax collector, not just any tax collector but the chief tax collector! He was a Cheater. A Thief. A Betrayer of his people. He was Selfish. Greedy. Rich. He was considered a chief sinner by his people. He was Rejected. Scorned. Despised. Avoided. Disliked. But as Jesus walked through the crowds of Jericho that day, Jesus invited Himself over to stay with this despised, unwanted, betrayer of...

How are you Known?

It was my birthday eve. My boys and I had a lovely meal and watched a cute movie. All was well until I made the mistake of reading a Facebook posts. I am learning to scroll past most of the craziness but every now and then, I can’t. This was one of those times. Despite my temptation, I didn’t respond to the sharer of the article. I took my anger...

Christian Beatitudes for Social Media

Blessed are those who are poor in understanding but seek to understand before they post. Blessed are those who can humbly admit they are not an expert on every topic. Blessed are those who just roll their eyes, keep strolling, and pray for their friend who posted an unsubstantiated fact. Blessed are those when people dislike you and exclude you because you refuse to take a side and only quote...

Light in the Darkness

I teach in a Public High School by choice. I’m sure, if I applied I could get a position at a Christian School but I choose to teach Pre-Christians. I love it! I don’t stand in front of my class an announce, “I’m a Christian!” But somehow they figure it out. Because I teach both Calculus AB and Calculus BC (Calculus I and II), 2nd semester, I have a mixture...