Steve Brown Monday January 18, 2016 My name is Martha. Maybe yours is too. You remember the story from Luke 10. Jesus is invited to the home of Mary and Martha. John tells us that Jesus loved Mary, Martha and their brother Lazarus. Lazarus had died and Jesus raised him from the dead. (By the way, after I die, don’t do the resuscitation thing with me. Just leave me be. Poor Lazarus had to die twice. Once is quite enough, thank you very much.) At any rate, the incident described in Luke seems to be the first time Jesus visited the home of the threeRead More →

 By Steve Brown Monday January 11, 2016 First you ask and answer the question, who am I? Then you ask and answer the second question, what can I do? Make sure you don’t get that backwards. Define who you are, then act accordingly. In architecture, it’s “form follows function.” With Christians, it’s “function follows form.” In Matthew 5:13-16, Jesus says, “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that isRead More →

Isaiah 40:31 ““But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”   I can still remember the first time I saw an airplane takeoff. It was at a small airport in Orange County near the coast. That little airport had just one simple runway, no control tower, and no fence to keep people out, so I took full advantage of getting as close as I possibly could to the planes. I sat down in the grass and waited. In the distance IRead More →

Hebrews 12:2 ““Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” NKJV   “Get them in sight of Calvary” was the cry of Charles Spurgeon to his associate pastors. This is so true in so many ways if we are going to affect the lives of others. We ought always to be careful to point people to the Cross of Jesus Christ. We can spend time studying the Word or find ourselves fixated on the mostRead More →

By Steve Brown Christians are divided over just about everything. Yet we should stand with our friends…regardless. It’s an important truism: Convictions, by their very nature, cause division. The only people who fight are people who believe that there is something to fight about. Therefore those of us who are convinced as conservative evangelicals, as Calvinists, as Armenians, as Dispensationalists, etc. must be very careful that the hills we die on are the same hills God would have us die on. There is a difference between a hill God would have us die on and a hill God would, as it were, want us haveRead More →

 Isaiah 9:6 ““For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”   Happy Birthday Jesus! I can’t imagine Christmas without Christ! When I think back to when I wasn’t a Christian, it seems like another life. I lived for what excited me. I thought I was the most important person in my life. Everything centered around me, what I wanted to eat, what I wanted to drink, what I wanted to do. At about the age of nineteen,Read More →

By: Steve Brown on Monday December 14, 2015 We all know the story of the innkeeper who turned Mary and Joseph away. “And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7). That innkeeper has been the subject of countless sermons and Christmas songs. Generally, he comes out on the “short end of the stick.” The innkeeper has become the metaphor for unbelievers in our time who are too busy, or too callused, or too insensitive, or too closed to truth to evenRead More →

Steve’s Devotional – The God Who Came By: Steve Brown on Monday November 30, 2015 You can tell a lot about people by watching what they do. You can tell a lot about God by watching what he does. God is actively involved. The Word became flesh. He came: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:1,14). So if want to know God—to really know him—watchRead More →

by Charles R. Swindoll Scriptures: Psalm 42:1–2 The Bible is filled with references to water. From the creation account where we read that “the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters” (Genesis 1:2), all the way to the last chapter of Revelation where we’re told of “a river of the water of life, clear as crystal” that is flowing from God’s throne (Revelation 22:1), we find literally hundreds of occasions where water is mentioned in the Scriptures. Because water plays such a major role through so many scenes found in the Bible, it should not be surprising to us that waterRead More →

Read: Luke 10:17-24 | Bible in a Year: Ezekiel 37–39; 2 Peter 2 Rejoice that your names are written in heaven. Luke 10:20 At the Kenya Airways check-in counter, I presented my passport for verification. When the agents searched for my name on their manifest—the document that lists names of passengers—my name was missing. The problem? Overbooking and lack of confirmation. My hope of reaching home that day was shattered. The episode reminded me of another kind of manifest—the Book of Life. In Luke 10, Jesus sent His disciples on an evangelistic mission. On their return, they happily reported their success. But Jesus told them:Read More →