Do You Want to Leave?

Duane Loynes

Read: John 6:60-69 So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” (v. 67) Years ago, I served at a church with an interesting pastor. Whenever he would encounter someone that he hadn’t seen in a while, he would ask, “Are you still following Christ? Or have you traded him in for something better?” Although meant partly in jest, his question reflected the reality that many individuals who joyously start lives of obedience to Christ …

Who Are You Looking For?

Duane Loynes

Read: John 1:35-51 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” (v. 38) In the mid-1980s, a group convened to determine the historical authenticity of the life of Jesus as depicted in the Gospels. Known as the Jesus Seminar, this collection of scholars and laypeople used a crude system of colored beads to vote on the sayings and actions attributed to Jesus. Ultimately, the Jesus Seminar affirmed the preconceived beliefs of the group, denying …

Is the Lord’s Hand Too Short?

Duane Loynes

Read: Numbers 11:16-23 And the Lord said to Moses, “Is the Lord’s hand shortened?” (v. 23) A fascinating element of human nature is our tendency to complain about the very things that we asked for. We pray for a spouse, a job, or a home, and then turn around and grumble about a spouse who annoys us, a job we hate, and a home that requires maintenance. We beg God to hear our prayers, only to receive what we asked …

What Are You Doing Here?

Duane Loynes

Read: 1 Kings 19:1-18 What are you doing here, Elijah? (vv. 9, 13) When I left high school to attend college, I was on top of the world. I had a full scholarship, plenty of friends, and a well-paying job waiting for me upon graduation. Fast forward three years, and my life was a wreck. I had lost the scholarship, many of my friends had left, and my future seemed bleak. I can recall spending hours walking around my neighborhood, …

Where Were You?

Duane Loynes

Read: Job 38:1-7 Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? (v. 4) Recently, a local public school had an incident where one student bullied another. The school, wanting to avoid a controversy, appealed to a board policy that, they felt, justified their decision to ignore the incident in question. However, the person who had written the policy was the mother of the victim! She, rightfully, challenged the school on their interpretation of a policy that she …