Teachings By Jesus

The Death Experience (Part I)

Why should I feel discouraged? Why should the shadows come? Why should my heart feel lonely, And long for heaven and home? When Jesus is my portion, A constant friend is He. His eye is on the sparrow, And I know He watches me. – Civilla Martin (1866-1948), from “His Eye is on the Sparrow”… Continue reading The Death Experience (Part I)

Jesus Confirmed

“Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch from his roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. And He will delight in… Continue reading Jesus Confirmed

Knowing Jesus

My sweet Lord, My Lord.I really want to see you.Really want to be with you.Really want to see you, Lord,But it takes so long, my Lord.My sweet Lord. My Lord, My Lord.I really want to know you.Really want to go with you.Really want to show you, Lord.But it won’t take long, my Lord (Hallelujah!) – George… Continue reading Knowing Jesus

Whose Christianity?

Profile of an Anise Swallowtail butterfly resting on green leaves, California

I paused to watch a darting speck That flickered in the yellow breeze And came to taste my daisy bed And touched with gold my lazy trees And blessed all I had done. And though I had to turn my head, I watched it as it fluttered by. And though I had to work instead,… Continue reading Whose Christianity?

“My Commandment” (Part II)

Jesus calls us o’er the tumult of our life’s wild restless sea; day by day his voice still calls us saying, ‘Christian, follow me.’ As of old Saint Andrew heard it by the Galilean lake, turned from home and work and kindred, leaving all for Jesus’s sake. Jesus calls us from the worship of the… Continue reading “My Commandment” (Part II)

“My Commandment” (Part I)

Day by day, Day by day, Oh, Dear Lord, Three things I pray. To see thee more clearly, Love thee more dearly, Follow thee more nearly, Day by day. – John-Michael Tebelak (1949-1985) & Stephen Lawrence Schwartz from “Day by Day” (1970) Preparing the materials for teachingsbyjesus.com is the hardest thing that I ever have done. Taking… Continue reading “My Commandment” (Part I)

You and God

(I come to the garden alone, While the dew is still on the roses. And the voice I hear, falling on my ear, The Son of God discloses. And He walks with me, And He talks with me, And He tells me I am His own. And the joy we share as we tarry there… Continue reading You and God

Born Today!

Joy to the world! The Lord is come. Let earth receive her King! Let every heart prepare Him room, And heaven and nature sing! And heaven and nature sing! And heaven, and heaven and nature sing! – Isaac Watts (1674-1748), from “Joy to the World” (1719) As I woke up last Sunday morning, my Thomas… Continue reading Born Today!


Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty, Early in the morning Our song shall rise to Thee. Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty, God in three persons. Blessed Trinity! Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee. Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see. Only Thou art holy. There is none beside… Continue reading Trinity

What IF?

‘Til the moon deserts the sky, ‘Til all the seas run dry, ‘Til then I’ll worship You. ‘Til the tropic sun grows cold, ‘Til this young world grows old, My Darling, I’ll adore You. You are my reason to live! All I own I would give Just to have You adore me. ‘Til the rivers… Continue reading What IF?