Jesus was a force for disruption during his ministry. At Passover he cleared the temple, sent livestock and moneychangers running, and acted like he owned the place. He started baptizing in the Judean countryside, becoming even more popular than John the Baptist. Jesus healed an invalid at pool of Bethesda on the Sabbath, and the … [Read More…] The Protégé
What if Jesus’ love is the secret to an identity so deep, meaningful, rich, and lasting that all other identities fade into insignificance? What if the secret of abundant life is found in Jesus’ death-defying love? The Apostle John’s most defining, grounding, and meaningful identity was found in the simple fact that he was and always would be loved by Jesus. In the end, nothing else mattered. His accomplishments, connections, titles, writings, and even his very life faded in comparison to the blazing reality that he was loved by Jesus. And that love changed John forever.
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In this season of quarantine, every one of us has lost something: a sense of normalcy, a job, a loved one. And we’re grieving—as a city, as a nation, as a world. In the book of Ruth, we find two women whose worlds are shattered by loss. They don’t know how to pick up the pieces and get back to normal. But it is in these deep shadows that they discover God‘s redeeming mercies. Grief can turn us bitter and hard, or it can make us wise and tender. The outcome hinges on what we do with God‘s mercies in the shadows.