A Change in Status

Amy Clemens

Read: Ephesians 2:11-22 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. (vv. 19-21) As God’s “treasured possession among all peoples” (Exod. 19:5), the nation of Israel was set apart for the world to …

A New Commandment

Amy Clemens

Read: John 13:21-38 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. (vv. 34-35) Jesus’ new commandment fell on the night of his betrayal, between the exit of Judas Iscariot from the dinner table and the revelation to a brash Peter that he would deny even …

Jesus Asks for a Change

Amy Clemens

Read: Matthew 26:36-46 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” (v. 39) I frequently coached my daughters as children (and still do), “Ask for what you need and be ready for a yes or no.” I wanted them to think deeply about their wants and needs, to speak up when they had one, …

Jesus Turns Water to Wine

Amy Clemens

Read: John 2:1-11 The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.” “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” (vv. 3-5 NLT) During his brief ministry, Jesus altered matter in ways that astonished his followers and still astonish believers today. Sick people were restored to health, dead people came back to life, wind …

God’s Quickness to Turn

Amy Clemens

Read: Jeremiah 18:1-20 At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it; if that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them. (vv. 7-8 KJV) I am amazed at our God. He longs to turn his judgments around for humans who will turn their ears and hearts toward him. Earlier …

Not So Fast

Amy Clemens

Read: Hosea 6:1-11 Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him. Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, …