Monday, March 19, 2018

Truth of Being Good

Mark 14: 27 Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written:
‘I will strike the Shepherd,
And the sheep will be scattered.’

28 “But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.”

29 Peter said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble, yet I will not be.

30 Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that today, even this night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.”

31 But he spoke more vehemently, “If I have to die with You, I will not deny You!”
And they all said likewise.


Giving up the clubbing lifestyle was pretty drastic for me. With my renewed faith, I vowed to leave the “hanging out” scene alone. Weeks passed and I was doing pretty good then one person asked, “Do you want to come out with us?” I was single and there were going to be a bunch of women and booze there. “Yes!” I answered, knowing the crowd.

  • There have been times I have tried to be good and failed.
  • There have been times when I told GOD, “I am not going to ever do ‘that’ again” and did “that” hours later.
  • There have been times when I hid my relationship with CHRIST.

JESUS points out the main reason HE became a human, namely to die for our sins. HE tells the disciples that they would deny HIM just like everyone in the world. HE knew the poison racing through their veins causes every human to sin and there was no exception.

  • GOD says to me “I know your ways and I forgive you.”
  • GOD says to me “I understand how you were made and I love you.”
  • GOD says to me “I know the struggles you go through and I have a wonderful plan for you, plans to grow you for the good of the kingdom.”

In the middle of my sin CHRIST died for me. HE doesn’t stop me from sinning rather HE allows me to go right ahead and sin my brains out and turns right around and says “you are forgiven.” HE then draws me to HIM rather than pushing me away. HE comforts me when I do not deserve comforting and heals me when I make the wounds. My good can never match HIS love for me.

  • Do you think you are good?
  • Do you beat yourself up for your good being faulty?
  • Can you stop thinking you goodness can save you and look to CHRIST who has truly taken care of it all for you?

Friday, March 16, 2018


Mark 14: 22 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”

23 Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. 24 And He said to them, “This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many. 25 Assuredly, I say to you, I will no longer drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

26 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.


Searching for the right nail only took a few minutes. I hung this particular frame with care. It was my diploma and what was so special about it was it was earned with a huge struggle. I remember the struggle when I gaze at the sheet of paper most would overlook.

  • I have many reminders I can look at.
  • I have many items that bring me back to memories both fond and difficult.
  • I have many things I can look at that reminds me of what I went through.

JESUS served HIS disciples with a purpose. HE alone would be blamed for every sin of every person. HE would be killed because a sinless human had to be responsible for the mess humans were in. JESUS showed them symbols that were important to HIS upcoming actions.

  • JESUS wants me to recognize that HE blessed the bread to HIS FATHER.
  • JESUS wants me to think about HIM giving thanks before HE served the wine.
  • JESUS wants me to understand that HIS preparation also included singing.

Each time I remember what JESUS did for me, prepares me for the plan HE has for me. HIS death, burial and resurrection inspires me to get up another day and face the challenges and the blessings. HE prepares me for HIS wonderful blessings. One day I too will drink with HIM in the kingdom of GOD.

  • Do you know you are being prepared?
  • Can you recognize GOD has a plan for you?
  • Will you take a moment right now and remember what JESUS did for you?

Thursday, March 15, 2018

One of you

Mark 14: 17 In the evening He came with the twelve. 18 Now as they sat and ate, Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, one of you who eats with Me will betray Me.”
19 And they began to be sorrowful, and to say to Him one by one, “Is it I?” And another said, “Is it I?”

20 He answered and said to them, It is one of the twelve, who dips with Me in the dish. 21 The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had never been born.”


Giggling in the coat closet, the class surrounded us. We were supposed to go in, kiss and come out with cheers, as stated by the rules of the game. Before I went in, the door to the room opened up and everyone scrambled to get back to their seats. One person changed the whole dynamics of what was going on.

  • I have been affected by one person.
  • I have had my course altered by one person.
  • I have tried to go in one direction but at times only one person kept me from going there.

“One of you who eats with ME will betray ME” said JESUS to HIS disciples. These words changed the atmosphere from peaceful to anguish. One person’s behavior affected many, unfortunately in a negative way.

  • JESUS wants me to affect people in a positive way if I can.
  • JESUS wants me to spread HIS message of grace when I can.
  • JESUS wants me to HIS disciple while I can.

The power of “one” begins and ends with me. I have to make a choice to spread GOD’s message of love and grace in places where there may not be anyone who will accept HIM. GOD wants me to have the courage to rely on HIS power to transform.

HE doesn’t need me to try harder, in fact HE’d rather me just be willing to sit in the presence of those who HE sends me to. JESUS says “one person can affect the world just as I did and that person is you.”

  • What is GOD saying to you?
  • Is GOD putting something big in front of you and you are scared to do it?
  • Can you accept GOD’s plan for you and begin affecting people whit HIS love today?

Incredible Timing

Mark 14: 12 Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they killed the Passover lamb, His disciples said to Him, “Where do You want us to go and prepare, that You may eat the Passover?”

13 And He sent out two of His disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him.14 Wherever he goes in, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?”’ 15 Then he will show you a large upper room, furnished and prepared; there make ready for us.”

16 So His disciples went out, and came into the city, and found it just as He had said to them; and they prepared the Passover.


Driving on an expressway in a city of millions my junker of a car broke down in the middle of a lane. “What am I to do now?” I thought. Only a few minutes passed when I felt a gentle bump. I looked in my mirror and it was a couple of people gesturing that they would push my car with theirs. I put the car into gear to “pop the clutch” and the car started. Later I found out it was a friend I knew who pushed me.

  • There have been times when something great happens to me.
  • There have been times when something difficult happens to me.
  • There have been times when the timing was just right and things just happened to go my way.

JESUS lays out a plan that on the surface sounds pretty staged. Did HE meet with a guy and set the whole thing up? I don’t think so. JESUS sent HIS disciples to a willing person who was open to share his place. The timing had to be perfect in order for them to follow the right person in this crowded town.

  • GOD has incredible timing for me.
  • GOD has miraculously watched over me every day.
  • GOD has done some amazing things around me that I categorize as the mundane.

Giving thanks to GOD for what I consider “mundane” may be giving HIM thanks for a huge miracle. HIS timing includes protection from harm, guidance during stressful times and paths to HIS awesome plan. GOD’s timing is always incredible for me.

  • Can you see GOD’s timing in your life?
  • Do you think HE has pulled away from you?
  • Will you open the eyes of your heart to see HIM working in your life?

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Mark 14: 10 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Him to them. 11 And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. So he sought how he might conveniently betray Him.


As the newness of this potential boss wore off, I could see some flaws in his leadership style. Instead of helping, I put some “distance” away from his projects. I asked another leader in the department, “Can I work for you?”

  • Sometimes I want to bail on a person who is not acting the way I want them to.
  • Sometimes I want to leave the person I think is acting opposite of my beliefs.
  • Sometimes I want to escape from the person I categorize as a “Loser.”

Judas decided to switch sides. As the political landscape was rapidly changing, Judas may have seen his fame, wealth and glory slipping away. “What a loser” Judas may have thought about JESUS. Since he had the inside track on JESUS, he figured he could simply have JESUS jailed and get some money. What harm could this do?

  • GOD says to me “If you call your brother a worthless fool you will be in danger of going to the fire of hell.”
  • GOD says to me “Put away all the following: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and filthy language from your mouth.”
  • GOD says to me “Have compassion.”

Impatient labeling is a dangerous practice. GOD wants me to remove my negative labels of people and see them as HE sees them… forgiven. HE wants me to stop judging people and to turn to HIS graceful ways. This is not always easy but it is a practice GOD is pleased with.

  • Are you labeling someone?
  • Do you place nothing but negative labels on others?
  • Can you stop labeling people and start encouraging them to have a wonderful relationship with the LORD?

Friday, March 9, 2018

Legacy Moment

Mark 14: And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head. But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, “Why was this fragrant oil wasted? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they criticized her sharply.

But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me. For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always. She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial. Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”


Sitting in a sales pitch was my least favorite thing to do but I was there. As the sales person went on and on about how wonderful this this was, I yawned and glanced at my watch. He then said something memorable. “Don’t you want this as a legacy to your kids?”

  • There were times I wanted to leave a legacy.
  • There were times when I wanted people to remember “my” name.
  • There were times when the thought crossed my mind to be as famous as the latest famous people.

Like the woman who previously gave the equivalent of two pennies, this woman possibly gave all she had. She poured, what some would say, a month or even a year’s worth of income over JESUS’s head. Nothing was expected of her yet she did it.

  • GOD expects nothing of me but is delighted when I do even the tiniest thing for HIM.
  • GOD has no expectations of me but is filled with gratitude when I mention HIS SON.
  • GOD is not looking for gifts but loves when I give to HIM from my heart.

“She has done what she could” is what JESUS said about the woman. JESUS didn’t need any new clothes or a car or a house where HE was going. HE was headed to HIS destiny and she gave what she could. JESUS is returning and wants my all. HE wants my house, cars and clothes. The more I can give them to HIM the less I will stress over them. JESUS is my legacy I give to people.

  • What are you striving for?
  • Do you want to be known?
  • Can you stop trying to be in the spotlight and put JESUS in front always?

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Who to do it for

Mark 14: After two days it was the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take Him by trickery and put Him to death. But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar of the people.”


“Do I have to go?” was my question filled with dread. “Yes” was the answer and off we went to church. As I sat through the boring exposition I dreamt of other things I could be doing. “Man! I could be playing with my friends right now” I thought to myself.

  • Sometimes I reluctantly do things.
  • Sometimes I am not really present because I didn’t want to be there in the first place.
  • Sometimes I am in a place for what “I” can get out of that place.

The church leader’s hearts were filled with so much poison that they could not hold it any longer. “This JESUS guy has got to go!” I imagined they said. “If we can fool the people then maybe HIS death will look like HE deserved it” is another thought.

They did this during the most holy time of celebration, the remembrance of GOD’s deliverance by passing HIS people over from death. They didn’t want an uproar from the people so they waited. They did not know who the Passover was for.

  • GOD wants me to worship HIM not the building I go to.
  • GOD wants me to seek HIS direction not just do things out of habit.
  • GOD wants me to celebrate HIM not just celebrate traditions.

Attending church and celebrating special days in which GOD did something significant to all of mankind should not be taken lightly. GOD doesn’t want me celebrating the day, rather HE wants me to celebrate HIM.

HE should always be my focus but sometimes I slip into the comforts of blindly gathering without even mentioning HIM. Food and drink are wonderful, BUT GOD is my reason for celebration.

  • Do you attend church without thinking about your relationship with GOD?
  • Do you have big plans for a special day without once asking GOD what HE wants you to do?
  • Will you stop doing things to be noticed by humans and do things strictly for GOD today?