Afraid, Confused, Searching and Doubting

By: Steve Brown on Wednesday January 17, 2018

John gives us an accurate and honest picture of the disciples (John 14). They were afraid. They were in a panic situation. The cross was near. It was getting scary. Jesus was talking to scared men, telling them to stop being afraid, literally, “Stop being troubled and afraid.” They were...

Steve’s Devotional - When the Fire is Hot

By: Steve Brown on Monday January 15, 2018

“Never doubt in the dark what God has taught you in the light.” That sounds good…until you find yourself in the dark and can see no way out. Maybe your dream shattered. Maybe you’re in pain and don’t know what to do. Maybe you look out at the world where the bad guys are winning,...

Jesus is Here

By: Steve Brown on Wednesday January 10, 2018

I know a lot about Jesus, but what I mainly know is this: “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” Jesus’ job description is grace and it’s described in Luke 4. Jesus is here. Jesus is alive. What happens when Jesus is present? It’s All Good When Jesus is here, it’s...

Steve’s Devotional - We Live in Two Worlds

By: Steve Brown on Monday January 8, 2018

There are two worlds—two realities—and we cannot find our identity in both. As we move into this new year, maybe it’s a good time to be reminded of who we are and how we can live. I know it’s not a happy thought, but everything is going to decay and die. Nothing and no one is exempt. You...

Hope for the New Year

By: Steve Brown on Wednesday January 3, 2018

Next Sunday I’m preaching at my home church as part of an Advent series on Hope, Love, Joy and Peace. I’ve been assigned hope. And hope isn’t a bad thing to talk about in January as we start out with the metaphorical clean slate. One of my New Year’s wishes to people is that I hope that the...

Steve’s Devotional – I Look Like Jesus

By: Steve Brown on Monday January 1, 2018

It happened when I was doing something else. Frankly, I hardly noticed. I was so surprised when I saw it, I almost didn’t tell anyone for fear they would think I was too arrogant and prideful. But then, I had nothing to do with it. It sort of snuck up on me. So I guess I can’t be proud of it or...

Please Help Share the Message of Grace

By: Steve Brown on Wednesday December 27, 2017

There’s an old story about a woman who cooked and ate a very expensive, exotic bird her son gave to her. “You ate it?” he shouted when she told him. “That bird spoke seven languages.” “Then,” she replied, “he should have said something.” I should probably say something about...

Christian Realism

By: Steve Brown on Wednesday December 27, 2017

It was horrifying to me to discover that I had become one. I called it “Christian realism,” but that isn’t what it was. It was plain, old-fashioned cynicism. I often quoted Jesus’s words that we needed to be “wise as serpents and innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16), but one day I realized...