Don’t. Give. Up.

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. (Luke 18:1) Alvin J. Vander Greind shares the following story in Discipleship Journal: Johnny Jones, living in a middle-class suburb in central California, committed to pray for five blessings on five neighbors for five minutes a … Continue reading Don’t. Give. Up.

An Unsettling Picture of Jesus

"Then Jesus said to her, 'Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” (Matthew 15:28) What we have in Matthew 15:21-18 is, at first glance, an unsettling picture of Jesus. Here’s the scene:  a Gentile woman, whose daughter is possessed by a demon, seeks out Jesus. She knows full-well Jesus will recognize her as … Continue reading An Unsettling Picture of Jesus