Posts by Christine King

Posts by Christine King

Acts 3 | A Name For The Lame

And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, “I…

Luke 11 | Radical Prayer

Followers of Christ want to know how to pray (Luke 11:2-4)! Dynamic, unceasing prayer presents numerous approaches to communicating with God. Thoughts of radical prayer bring to mind a little ball-of-fire I heard at a pastor’s conference in Bogotá, Colombia. We walked into the auditorium and heard the voice of a woman praying. Simultaneously, we felt the commanding power and presence of God. This small-statured woman, whose pastor husband had been kidnapped by Marxist guerrillas, perceptibly knew how to connect…

Luke 10 | Revelation of Hidden Things

The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”                                                                                                            In that same…

1 Corinthians 14 | You Said What?

“Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church.”  1Corinthians 14:1-4  In a small village…

Romans 7 | Freedom from Forbidden Fascination

In his Confessions, Augustine tells of the fascination of the forbidden thing when he stole pears from a tree. “…They were nice pears, but it was not the pears that my wretched soul coveted…I picked them simply in order to become a thief. The only feast I got was a feast of iniquity, and that I enjoyed to the full. What was it that I loved in that theft?…The desire to steal was awakened simply by the prohibition of stealing.”…

1 Peter 4 | For The Love of Suffering

Is joyful suffering even possible? After 25 years, Jesus took my love and my best friend home with him. Now, mowing the lawn is back on my chore list. I was doing the first seasonal mow. Naturally, I thought about Kevin. At that moment, painful memories became a deluge through the corridors of my soul. Sorrow gripped my heart. I questioned God’s fairness. The afternoon sun dipped beyond the trees. Then, over the noise of the mower and my selfish…

Mark 4 | Listen and Hear!

…while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge.He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said:“Listen!…” (Mark 4:1-3) In Mark 4, Jesus was no longer using the orthodox method of teaching in the Synagogue. He had moved his arena into the open air by the lakeside placing him among the crowds of ordinary men and women. Standing in a boat facing the shore, the gentle rise of the land gave the effect of…

2 Timothy 2 | What Believers Need To Remember

Paul’s teachings to the early church congregations are immortal, bearing the truth of Jesus Christ through the ages until His return. Knowing the obstacles and struggles young Timothy would face, Paul gives his greatest fatherly encouragement and appeal in 2 Timothy 2. Before his discourse about being a worker approved by God, Paul reminds Timothy of the importance of remembering what he has learned. 2 Tim. 2: 8-10 say, “Always remember that Jesus Christ, a descendant of King David, was…

John 13 | A Friendship Sampler

After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly. I say to you, one of you will betray me.” (John 13:2) When I was a young girl, a friend hand stitched a sampler, framed it, and gave it to me as a gift. It’s stitched message reads “All the wealth of the world could not buy a friend.”  When we visualize this dramatic scene in John 13, we see a friend who is a perfect…

Matthew 7 | You Better Be Scared Witless!

“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.” “But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.”   “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did…
  • 1
  • 2