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Finding Philip

If you were to take about a three-hour drive traveling east from the town of Ephesus along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, you would arrive at the ancient city of Hierapolis. Today it lies in ruins upon a hilltop

Simon Drives a Chevy, Philip Drives a Ford

It has been said that you can tell a lot about a person based on the kind of vehicle they drive.   There is even a website where one can enter personality characteristics and an automobile will be selected that embodies

What Jesus Sees in You

I recently stumbled across an imaginative lampoon of Jesus writing a letter to an employment agency in search of people to be his apostles. This is the response that Jesus received: TO: Jesus, Son of Joseph, Nazareth Carpenter ShopFROM: Apostolic

Melt Me, Mold Me…

Central to the message of Jesus and early Christianity is the affirmation that God is with us in the world through the presence of the Holy Spirit. And that the Holy Spirit warms us and melts our hearts making us

Are You Focusing On Jesus?

One of the most celebrated paintings in modern history is “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci, the classic portrayal of Christ and his twelve apostles sitting at the dinner table. Many students of art history believe that the painting,

A Father’s Love

In his best-selling book, Disappointment with God, Philip Yancey writes that he went to visit his long-widowed mother one afternoon and the two spent hours looking through a box of old photos. Yancey says a certain picture of an eight-month-old baby

What If You Were the Prodigal Son?

Retired seminary professor Fred B. Craddock was preaching on the parable of the prodigal son. After the service a man said to Craddock, “I really didn’t care much for that, frankly.”  Craddock asked, “Why?” The man said, “Well, I guess it’s

A Story of Homecoming

What a glorious Easter Sunday celebration we had at Asbury! Holy Week with Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services made it all the more extraordinary! During my greeting and announcement time on Sunday, I shared a brief story with you