How Reckless, How Amazing

Felix Theonugraha

Read: Matthew 18:1-14 And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. (v. 13) Imagine that you are a shepherd with 100 sheep, and after counting you realize that one of them is missing. You don’t know where that sheep went, and now you must decide what to do. Do you leave the 99 in order to search for just one? What if a predator descends …

How Reckless, How Amazing

Felix Theonugraha

Read: Matthew 18:1-14 And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. (v. 13) Imagine that you are a shepherd with 100 sheep, and after counting you realize that one of them is missing. You don’t know where that sheep went, and now you must decide what to do. Do you leave the 99 in order to search for just one? What if a predator descends …

What a Year It Has Been!

Felix Theonugraha

Read: Isaiah 11:1-9 The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. (v. 9) The year 2020 has been an incredible year. The COVID-19 pandemic altered our lives, and we have been gripped with anxiety, fear, grief, and several deep losses. I wish we could start the year over again and write a new script for it. Fortunately, no matter how difficult our lives are, we know how the story ends. Jesus …

Here I am! Send Me

Felix Theonugraha

Read: Isaiah 6:1-13 Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? (v. 8) Life as a pastor’s kid can be tough. I was expected to be a model for all the kids at church and felt pressure that my behavior was a testimony to my parents’ abilities as pastors. But life as a pastor’s kid can also be filled with memorable moments. When I was nine, I attended a revival conference. This was a conference for adults, but …

Waiting for Jesus

Felix Theonugraha

Read: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 . . . to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. (v. 10) “Early is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable.” One of my professors drilled this into me when I was in seminary. Showing up early for a meeting was a way of showing respect, but making someone wait was the height of selfishness. In this passage, …