Day 22: The Bread of Life

I’ve never really wrestled with the meaning–and sweetness–of Christ as the Bread of Life until recently tackling the Bread of Life passage in John 6 with a Catholic girl I’m discipling. Honestly, I didn’t have answer for her when she described the Roman Catholic traditions surrounding the passage. But as I dug in, I came…

Day 21: Christ as the Living Water

I have often wondered why, if Jesus promised He was the Living Water that always satisfied, unmet desires didn’t go away the moment I was saved. After all, didn’t Jesus tell the woman at the well that “whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again” (John 4:14). Why is…

Day 20: The Light of the World

Recently, I was doing research for an article for work when I came across this image. It is early morning on the streets of Beirut, Lebanon. Apartment complexes, strewn with drying clothes, makeshift air conditioning units, and a mishmash of curtains, fill every conceivable space. Refugee families, 250,000 of them to be exact, fleeing the…

Day 19: The Wise Men, the Queen of Sheba, and the Incomparable Christ

“Behold, the half was not told me.” When the Queen of Sheba experienced the vast array of Solomon’s achievements and wisdom, she was utterly astounded (1 Kings 10:7). She had found an incomparable king, and the expense required to see him seemed as nothing to her. “Behold, the half was not told me.” If we…

Day 18: Advent and God’s Love

Search the entire world, and you will find no love comparable to the act of the incarnation: God Himself suffering as a man in order to reconcile those who hated him. And yet, I am often oblivious. It’s not that I don’t know about God’s love as put on display in the Christmas story, but…

Day 17: The Irony of the Messiah’s Announcement

Imagine one Sunday your pastor mentions he would like to thank a certain individual whom God has used in a great way. Your mind immediately starts racing, trying to think who this person might be … an elder? …the missionary family? …the music leader? Instead, everybody’s head turns when he calls up a bearded homeless…

Day 16: Advent, Dwelling Among Us

Love is shown not so much by pitying from afar but walking alongside a sufferer. I was quite young when my family lost a baby, but I still remember several families who cared enough to embed themselves in our lives when we needed them most. They could have sent a card in the mail, but…

Day 15: Feasting on Christ Instead of the World pt 2

“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Jn. 4:13-14 One of the most inspiring examples of…

Day 14: Advent, Feasting on Christ Instead of the World pt 1

O Christ, he is the fountain The deep spring well of love No streams on earth I’ve tasted More deep I’ll drink above -Rutherford Christmas in America has become little more than a month of feeding idolatry—materialism, appearance, family, food. The very season set aside to feast on Christ has been replaced by the smorgasbord…

Day 13: Advent and Christ’s Return

Have you ever thought of the advent season like a double-sided arrow? You know, like the ones on the hiking trails telling you to keep going to stay on the path? Advent points, both forward and backward because we desperately need reminded of both. We need reminded to look backwards because Christ’s birth, embedded in…