Moving in the Right Direction

Jean Blue

READ : 2 Timothy 1:1–7 I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice. (v. 5) A move of two miles changed the course of my life. God had been drawing me to himself, but the living witness of Reformed Christians in our family’s new location unlocked the door to commitment. Before that my conception of God fashioned him as a casual observer in a far outpost with little …

Hanging Up on God

Jean Blue

READ : Luke 18:1–8 And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? (v. 7) “I can talk and talk on the phone to a friend, but when it comes to God, I cut him off short,” a new Christian confessed. Hanging up on God is a major shortcoming with many Christians. God understands. He knows that like children we fidget and grow weary of praying. With infinite patience he puts up with …

What about Joy?

Jean Blue

READ : Mark 5:21–24, 35–43 And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping?” (v. 39) Jesus walked into the midst of sorrow and asked what seemed an absurd question. Confusion is out of order when Jesus is present, and he set about proving his claim. He took the girl by the hand and commanded her to arise. Can you imagine her joy as she opened her eyes and saw Jesus? Reading …

Simon Says

Jean Blue

READ : Luke 7:36–50 And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” (v. 48) Once more we see Jesus out in the world mixing with people. This time he dines in the home of a VIP (Very Important Pharisee). Simon is a religious man. “Look at me and see what a righteous man I am,” depicts his general attitude. He was the type who enjoyed “discussing” religion and invited Jesus to be his guest. That would guarantee lively dinner …

Day of Commitment

Jean Blue

READ : John 4:6–30 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty.” (v. 15) Weary and thirsty from traveling, Jesus sat beside Jacob’s well. There he met a woman encumbered with weariness and thirst of a different nature. He used his physical thirst as an opening to point to her spiritual dehydration. To do this he stirred up her curiosity and seized her interest by hinting that he was someone special. …

A Seamstress Disciple

Jean Blue

READ : Acts 9:36–43 And he gave her his hand and raised her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive. (v. 41) A certain disciple, Dorcas by name, fell sick and died. Stunned by grief, her friends washed her with tender hands and laid her in an upper chamber. In the depths of sorrow they thought of Peter, the disciple. Surely he could bring a measure of comfort and hope out of the futility of an …