First 15: Monday, November 23, 2020

November 23, 2020

Jesus notices this one long-suffering man in a huge crowd of suffering at the pool of Bethesda and asks him, “Do you want to get well?”

First 15: Saturday, November 21, 2020

November 21, 2020

In our revised format for First 15, each Saturday we invite you to look back on how God has spoken to you during your reflection throughout the previous week.

First 15: Friday, November 20, 2020

November 20, 2020

Leading up to these verses, Jesus speaks to our desire for security and our misplaced trust in wealth. Then he uses the word “Therefore”. “Since all I have said is true, don’t worry. Don’t worry about the things money can provide. I will provide all this and more.” (My paraphrase)

First 15: Thursday, November 19, 2020

November 19, 2020

During the occupation of Holland in World War II, Corrie ten Boom, and her family, at great risk to their own lives, provided a ‘hiding place’ for fugitives of the Nazis. In February of 1944, they were arrested, and she and her sister were eventually taken to the Ravensbrück concentration camp.

First 15: Wednesday, November 18, 2020

November 18, 2020

Prior to these verses, Jesus told us not to store up earthly treasures (Matt. 6:19–24). And then, he seemed to know what we would say, “How will we eat and have clothes without money and other resources?” Jesus responded to our unspoken question with “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear.”

First 15: Tuesday, November 17, 2020

November 17, 2020

Before the Texas summer turned into that seasonal state that isn’t Fall but where the succession of 100-degree temperatures is broken, whatever that season is called, is when I found an unexpected guest living on our porch.

First 15: Monday, November 16, 2020

November 16, 2020

Why is worry such a big deal to Jesus? If there were such a thing as a faith gauge I’m pretty sure Jesus would place “WORRY” in the red zone. Jesus wants us to understand that worry is just as destructive to our spiritual development as greed.

First 15: Saturday, November 14, 2020

November 14, 2020

In our revised format for First 15, each Saturday we invite you to look back on how God has spoken to you during your reflection throughout the previous week.

First 15: Friday, November 13, 2020

November 13, 2020

Why do we fast? Do we fast to be seen, lose weight, perhaps punish ourselves in some way? Or do we fast to cleanse our souls, to focus on what is truly honest, and to see ourselves as God sees us? Originally, fasting was meant to help us clear our vision and literally see God.

First 15: Thursday, November 12, 2020

November 12, 2020

You may have heard the saying, “How you do anything is how you do everything.” I’d take that a step forward. Why you do anything is just as important, if not more, than anything you do. The “why” matters as much, if not more than the “what.”

First 15: Wednesday, November 11, 2020

November 11, 2020

Jesus began this chapter with an overarching idea: Practice your righteousness for God, not for others to see you. Jesus then illustrates his point with examples of secret generosity (v. 2-4), prayer (v. 5-15), and fasting (v. 16-18). What is the point?

First 15: Tuesday, November 10, 2020

November 10, 2020

In Jesus’ day, people would put ashes on their faces and allow their hair and beards to become unkempt and tangled. In other words, it was obvious to everyone around them they were fasting.

First 15: Monday, November 9, 2020

November 9, 2020

Fasting is a soul training practice that increases our ability to be focused on God and become more aware of the Holy Spirit’s transforming work within us. Jesus points out that if we make our fasting obvious to others we are missing the point.

First 15: Saturday, November 7, 2020

November 7, 2020

In our revised format for First 15, each Saturday we invite you to look back on how God has spoken to you during your reflection throughout the previous week.

First 15: Friday, November 6, 2020

November 6, 2020

The sun doesn’t always shine. The stars will be obscured by clouds sometimes. The winds will blow like a Texas “Norther” or a Gulf hurricane. When any of this happens, as it will, how can we stand? How can we prevail against the darkness, the storm, the winds, and the floods of life?