Equipping Your Reimagine Journey
After the large group of disciples deserted him Jesus ministered only in Galilee for some time. He did not go at all into Judea because the Jewish hierarchy were threatening to kill him. With the Feast of Booths at hand Jesus went back to his childhood home in Nazareth. There he found his brothers and sisters and their families gathered. His oldest brother, Joseph, welcomed him.
“Jesus! We are glad to see you. We…Continue
Added by David Young on January 21, 2021 at 1:32pm — No Comments
(It has been 4 weeks since I posted one of these stories based upon the signs of Jesus recorded in the Gospel of John. This story is actually a continuation of a supposed gathering of the disciples who were at table when Jesus first instituted the Lord’s Supper, now a full year later.)
We sat together for a while after we had eaten, all of us reluctant to leave the fellowship.…Continue
In John 7:25 Jesus said,
“Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgement.”
I am not addressing these remarks to everyone. But some of you will allow God to lead you deeper into His holiness.
We all need to…Continue
“Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgement.”
I am struck by the rendition of Philippians 4:5 in the e.s.v.…Continue
Added by David Young on January 2, 2021 at 9:47pm — No Comments
Added by David Young on June 16, 2020 at 12:04pm — No Comments
One of the most courageous actions recorded in Scripture is found as Joseph of Arimathea going to ask for the body of Jesus. It does not take much imagination to understand what Joseph must have been thinking when he considered going to Pilate. He must have known he would lose his place on the Sanhedrin and in society by doing that. He had to have considered the fact that connecting himself to a condemned criminal might cost him his life as…
Added by David Young on June 5, 2020 at 5:38pm — No Comments
That is not true. A case in point is found in Matthew 16. When Simon Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God,” Jesus did not just say Peter was right, He said flesh and blood had not shown Peter this. Our Lord’s Father in Heaven revealed it to Peter. Jesus had first asked His disciples who…
Added by David Young on June 4, 2020 at 10:33pm — No Comments
One of my favorite events in scripture is the night Jacob wrestled with God. I don't believe you find anything like this in any religious teaching other than the Bible. The God who created the universe humbles Himself to wrestle with a man. The story is in Genesis 32.
Jacob feared that he and his family would be attacked by his brother, Esau, and…
Added by David Young on May 26, 2020 at 11:59am — No Comments
Any sin is serious. And God's people are not immune to the enemy’s temptations, although we are given armor against them. To some extent, it is not unusual for God’s people to be sucked into whatever sin dominates our culture. But those who desire to be godly will seek deliverance from the sin of the world around us.
The sin that is shaking our country is slander. It is prevalent on…
Added by David Young on May 17, 2020 at 11:41am — No Comments
God has helped me a great deal with these four keys to memorizing Scripture. You too will find them helpful, especially if you are trying to commit large portions of Scripture to memory. They are to Slow Down, Calm Down, Focus, and Pray. God gave me these things in the struggle to…
Added by David Young on May 10, 2020 at 6:39pm — No Comments
I am writing especially to you who are pastors, but much of what I have to say will apply to any believer in Jesus Christ. I suspect that much of what is pressed upon us by the church growth movement and its widely accepted continuations are little more than superstition. Some of these things remind me of the labors of Jacob in the 30th chapter of…
Added by David Young on May 3, 2020 at 4:36pm — No Comments
While this quarantine is difficult for people all over the world, it is not quite as hard on writers. I do not simply mean that people need our reading material to fill the time. Writers need solitude to write. While many of us have had to learn to write in the midst of the hubbub, it always helps to be alone. This doesn't mean…
Added by David Young on April 19, 2020 at 2:14pm — No Comments
PRAYING DEEP IN GOD’S WORD
Prayerfully Memorizing Scripture
There is a sense in which the most important part of a tree is its root system. The stability and nourishment of a tree come from its roots. And, of course, the roots grow more slowly than the branches. So it is with our spiritual lives.
For this reason and others, I recommend Scripture memory as a discipline of…Continue
Added by David Young on April 6, 2020 at 7:41pm — No Comments
What do you do when you have to wait a long time for something to happen? With the quarantine over Covid19 many of us are finding more time on our hands than ever before. Waiting can be difficult, almost painful. Many years ago, I served as a student summer missionary in Uganda. Possibly the most striking difference between the East African culture and the one I grew up in, was that people had little concept of hurry. I used to joke that I sometimes needed to get…
Added by David Young on March 31, 2020 at 8:02pm — No Comments
Selah is not translated in our English Bibles. We just have the transliteration of the Hebrew word. But if you follow its usage, you can get a good grip on its meaning. It is used at the end of each stanza of Psalm 46. I have italicized it for you.
We seldom use the word behold in common speech. But it is a crucial word in Scripture and an essential concept for our spiritual lives. I could have posted this on my thinking in the Spirit blog, but particularly because of the passage I have chosen, I…
Added by David Young on March 9, 2020 at 1:32pm — No Comments
(Adapted from HOPE, The Anchor of The Soul)
The Anchor of Perspective
Understanding that Jesus really rose from the dead has transformed the lives of people who have followed Him down through the ages. They could minister in the midst of plagues at the risk of their lives. They gladly died to help their neighbors, and loved ones, and people they didn’t even know. They were willing to stand for the Bible and the truth of the gospel even…Continue
Added by David Young on February 21, 2020 at 9:03pm — No Comments
I believe this is the most important truth that God has pressed upon me in the past few years. I wrote a book that was never published, titled, SPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCE. I abandoned that book because God convicted me that part of my purpose in writing it was to say, “I am smart.” I am still plumbing the depth of that wickedness. In addition to and because of my pride, the focus of about half of that book was wrong. I would rather write something on Spiritual…Continue
Added by David Young on February 12, 2020 at 7:09pm — No Comments