“Are you saved?” I used to hear that question a lot growing up in the deep South. We were a family of church-goers. But the message of the Gospel never really made its way into my heart. Saved from what? I’d wonder. Life was good. I didn’t need to get saved—or so I thought. Maybe you can relate.
Welcome to the 21 Day Experiment in Prayer. In our reading of John 3, we meet a religious leader named Nicodemus who came to visit Jesus. Jesus rocked the boat of this respectable Pharisee when He told him he needed to be saved. Jesus said no one could even see the kingdom of God unless he was “born again” (John 3:4). Continue reading
Miracle! The very idea of a miracle makes my heart beat fast. Let’s look at Jesus’ first miracle. You’d expect the event to be planned in advance and designed for maximum impact—a chance to launch his “social platform.”
Instead, in the second chapter of John, we see a somewhat reluctant savior nudged into the demonstration of power by His mother. We can’t tell from the text whether Mary was discerning or just plain pushy. We mothers can be like that. She alerts her son to the possible embarrassment to be faced by the wedding couple who was “just about out of wine.” Jesus responds, “ Is that any of our business, Mother—yours or mine? This isn’t my time. Don’t push me.” She went ahead anyway, telling the servants, “Whatever he tells you, do it” (John 2: 4,5 MSG). Continue reading