The Path to Greatness

Scripture: “Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came over and spoke to him. ‘Teacher,’ they said, ‘we want you to do us a favor.’ ‘What is your request?’ he asked. They replied, ‘When you sit on your glorious throne, we want to sit in places of honor next to you, one on your right

Standing on the Shore

Scripture: “Later, Jesus appeared again to the disciples beside the Sea of Galilee. This is how it happened. Several of the disciples were there—Simon Peter, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples. Simon Peter said, ‘I’m going fishing.’ ‘We’ll come, too,’ they all said. So they went out in

Difficult Seasons and Fulfilled Promises

Scripture: “Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an

Drowning in Stuff that Won’t Satisfy

Scripture: “Someone in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.’ But he said to him, ‘Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?’ And he said to them, ‘Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of

Examine the Evidence

Jesus was walking by this blind man when Jesus’ disciples asked if this man had sinned or his parents. It was tradition in that day that a physical aliment was a result of sin in someone’s life. Jesus dismissed this part of the conversation and brought their attention to the person. He made a clay paste and put it on the man’s eyes. When the blind man washed his eyes, he was able to see. However, not everyone was thrilled about the healing this man experienced. The blind man’s parents were worried about getting kicked out of the synagogue so they wouldn’t give validation to Jesus for healing their son. The Pharisees were unhappy, because it was the Sabbath and a man couldn’t be healed in this manner on that day. The Pharisees were trying to find ways to condemn Jesus. Yet, the blind man looked at the evidence more than the Pharisees’ evaluation. He knew one thing: he was blind and now he could see everything around him…