August 2016

Pressure and Prayer

Persecution should not come as a surprise. Jesus did promise it. What matters is not so much whether persecution occurs, but how we respond to that pressure. In Acts 4, Peter and the believers respond with prayer … not prayer that the persecution would be averted, but that their witness would remain strong in the face […]



Proclamation and Power

On Pentecost, Peter moves from coward to preacher. The message that he preached demonstrates that he is able to a crowd with the message of the Christ, that just weeks before he had denied.   What made the difference? The presence of the Holy Spirit … the same Holy Spirit Peter says comes an resides […]



Confession and Crisis

What you say is never enough. If you don’t substantiate your faith with your actions you will be confronted by Jesus.   Jesus asked the disciples who he was. Peter responded that Jesus was the expected Messiah. However, what he does immediately after this event indicated that he didn’t really have any idea what he […]



July 2016

Rejection, Regret and Repentance

Peter and Judas both betrayed Jesus. Judas by turning him over to the authorities; Peter by denouncing him three times. Yet the difference really comes at how each of the respond to the regret when their sin is brought to light.   Each of us live with regrets, those decisions that we come to say, […]



Encounter & Exchange

Jesus gives Simon a new name … the Rock. Through the life encounters with Simon gradually change into that person with rock solid faith. Jesus desires the same transition to occur in us.   In Simon’s third encounter with Jesus (Luke 5:1-11), we see the transformation begin to occur as Simon makes three exchanges of […]