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Passion for Praise

Grace, Glorious Grace

Note from Jesus Dear Child of Grace, Paul powerfully tells the truth about where each of you was before grace: You were the offspring of the prince of the power of air — oh, how he owned you, just as he still controls those living in disobedience. Many of the…

The Freedom of Grace

Note from Jesus Dear Disciple, Sometimes people romanticize what life was like in the early church. They look past the enormous cultural challenges, relationship issues, and sin-problems that confronted these early believers. My earliest disciples faced many challenges in living out the gospel. My good news isn’t good news if…

Passion and Truth in Praise

Note from Jesus Dear Beloved, Today you will read two powerful passages of praise. The first one is from Paul’s letter to the Colossians. The second is from Paul’s letter sent to several churches in Asia, with Ephesus being the most influential city. The first passage is a wonderful summary…

My Mindset

Note from Jesus Dear Servant of God, Families, churches, groups, and communities are all systems of people. These systems are built upon flawed people and broken people. No matter how well-intentioned many people may be, each of us is flawed. The flaws of all, the pettiness of some, and the…

Joy in the Face of Hardship

Note from Jesus Dear Precious One, No matter what you are facing — right now or ever in the future — please know that I care about your struggles. I will never abandon you in your struggles (John 14:18). I have known what it is like to feel alone when…

God's Suffering Servant

Note from Jesus Dear Follower, The Father’s role for Me when I came to earth as the Son of God shocked many people. They expected a warrior or kingly ruler who would restore Israel to prominence and power among the nations of the world. Even my cousin and forerunner, John…

Mustard Seed Effect

Note from Jesus Dear Child of the King of Glory, The kingdom of heaven is powerful. You are a part of that kingdom. You are a child of the King. Great power is at work in you. Not sure about this? Don’t really believe this? Remember My parable about the…

Finally in Rome!

Note from Jesus Dear Disciple, Paul finally arrived in Rome in the concluding chapter of Acts. As you have seen over the last several days of reading, the journey had been difficult. Paul first had to navigate his way through the Jewish and Roman legal systems. He then repeatedly had…

My Promises for You!

Note from Jesus Dear Precious One, The events that led to Paul’s journey to Rome and his shipwreck and other problems along the way began in Jerusalem. Some Jews from Asia Minor stirred up the crowd: “Help! Fellow Israelites! This man is an enemy of our people, our religion, our…

Winning the Hearts of Your Critics

Note from Jesus Dear Friend, Just as Paul faced his legal ordeals and challenging travels to Rome, My disciples in Asia Minor faced growing criticism, ostracism, and persecution. So Peter wrote to encourage them. Like Paul, Peter would soon face even more challenging personal persecution and eventually martyrdom. These two…

Holy Moments, Ordinary Bread

Note from Jesus Dear Beloved, The fellowship of My disciples as they gather around a table for a meal is a precious and holy time. This meal can be a common meal or Holy Communion. Any time My disciples gather in My name to “break bread” (1 Corinthians 10:16) and…

Treacherous Travels

Note from Jesus Dear Follower of The Way, Paul’s path to Rome was difficult. First, he faced a series of legal hearings before he even left for Rome. Then, he faced the challenging sea journey to Rome, a journey filled with adventure, hardship, danger, and influence. Paul’s legal proceedings began…