Jesus Provides Rest and Peace

Scripture Reading — Genesis 2:2-3; Matthew 11:28-30; Romans 5:1-2“Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”— Matthew 11:29Did God rest after creating the world because he was tired? No. When God rested, he set up a pattern for his people to follow so


Jesus Does What is Right

Scripture Reading — Genesis 3:1-7Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”— Matthew 4:10It’s easy for us to be tempted. There are temptations everywhere—within our hearts and coming at us from all sides. Satan provides a master class


Jesus Crushes Satan

Scripture Reading — Genesis 3:1-15Having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.— Colossians 2:15We can tell from the story in Genesis 3 that a conflict was already going on behind the scenes when Adam and Eve sinned. As Revelation


Jesus Recreates Us

Scripture Reading — Genesis 1:26-31If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!— 2 Corinthians 5:17God loves, reasons, and creates. So do his children, made in his image and likeness. But instead of honoring the good, doing the right, and creating the lovely,


Take These Words to Heart

Scripture Reading — Revelation 22:6-21“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.”— Revelation 22:12-13The closing words of Revelation 22 provide a fitting conclusion to our study of Jesus’ letters to the churches—and all of this ap


Knock, Knock!

Scripture Reading — Revelation 3:19-22“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.”— Revelation 3:20Knock, knock jokes can be fun and amusing—and yet some can induce groans. But Jesus’ knock at the door in his letter to Laodicea was no joke. As we have learned, the Laodiceans were so bad off that Jesu


Rich but, Oh, So Poor

Scripture Reading — Hebrews 13:5-6; Revelation 3:16-18Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”— Hebrews 13:5Stock market values can make people wealthy or poor. Money is not a good god; it


Lukewarm Laodicea

Scripture Reading — Revelation 3:14-22“ I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”— Revelation 3:15-16Jesus’ letter to the church at Laodicea is striking. He


Be the Church

Scripture Reading — Revelation 3:11-13“I will also write on them my new name.”— Revelation 3:12The church in Philadelphia was going to be rebranded, receiving a new name. They had been given an open door that no one could shut; they were recognized as true citizens of the kingdom of God. People who


“You Have Little Strength, Yet . . .”

Scripture Reading — Psalm 34:1-22; Revelation 3:8-10“I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.”— Revelation 3:8I love passages in the Bible that show how Jesus welcomed children, blessed them, and urged his followers to come to him with childlike fa


Welcome to Philadelphia

Scripture Reading — Revelation 3:7-13“These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David.”— Revelation 3:7The church in Philadelphia is one of two churches that do not receive a complaint from Jesus (the other is Smyrna). What a compliment from “him who is holy and true”! Im


White Clothes

Scripture Reading — Revelation 3:1-6“Yet you have a few people . . . who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy.”— Revelation 3:4White shirts with ties and hats used to be the standard wear of male baseball fans (most of whom were playing hooky f