5MinDevo Day 12

When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened. [John 6v19] Sitting on a plane waiting to take off, the airline showed a short film (honestly, it was an ad) that was intended to make us feel safe as…

5MinDevo Day 11

You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. [John 5vs39-40] A survey recently estimated that up to 30% of Austinites are Bible-minded.* The criteria for being “Bible-minded” is…

5MinDevo Day 10

Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way. [John 4v50] Faith is a slippery thing. It’s hard to describe and easy to fall out of. So often we want the concrete, indisputable proof that God’s Story is true, but…

5MinDevo Day 9

“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” [John 4vs23-24] Have you ever had great seats to a…

5MinDevo Day 8

“He must increase, but I must decrease.” [John 3v30] John the Baptist had a thriving ministry around the turn of the millennium. He was very popular and definitely a counter-cultural phenom in his day. We’ll probably forgot Lady Gaga’s look in a few years but John’s gear is still talked about. And he was eating…

5MinDevo Day 7

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” [John 3vs17] We often put focus on the parts of the Christian story that separate “us” from “the world.” We categorize what Christians do from what the world does. Now…

5MinDevo Day 6

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born…

5MinDevo Day 5

Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” [John…

5MinDevo Day 4

“For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” [John 1v16] In the Story, the word “grace” calls to mind God’s undeserved blessings. The good things in life that you didn’t earn or rarely even ask for. A great example of His grace is your life. You didn’t ask for life, but you…