Author Archives: John Avery

About John Avery

I am a Bible teacher and author Of The Name Quest (Explore the names of God to grow in faith and get to know Him better). I write these Bible devotions in the hope that they will foster spiritual maturity and help people to grow in faith. I live in Oregon and enjoy hiking and cross country skiing.

Real Identity

Sometimes we learn a lot when we think about the flip side of what Jesus said. Take the following conversation: The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” And He said to them, “I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents […]

The Emperor’s New Clothes

I have never cared much about what I wear. As long as I am comfortable, I am happy. Try to put me in a suit and tie and I will grumble. I buy very few new clothes; often I find great deals in thrift stores and that is enough. However, what our spiritual clothes are […]

Stretch Exercises

Experienced athletes prepare themselves for an event by various warm-ups including stretch exercises. Stretching helps avoid injuries to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It also prepares the body to go to the next level of performance. A series of interactions in Luke 7:17-35 seem to have a similar spiritual function—preparing for the kingdom of God. […]

Lion Attacks

The newspaper article said that the two mountain bikers had done everything right. That was not true. When a mountain lion attacks, one should never run. When the two men noticed the cougar stalking them, they made lots of noise. Correct. When it rushed them, one of them drove it off by ramming it with […]

Ambassadors of the King

We are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2 Cor. 5:20) Embassies, ambassadors, and their staff need the permission of their host country to work there. Any diplomatic mission depends on the understanding of mutual benefits. Every individual and every human […]

Self Rule

“God is a gentleman.” I was taught that years ago, and it is so true. In this life, God never forces anyone to bow and worship Him. He put pressure on Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, and others to serve His purposes, but if they ever worshiped, it was their choice. We are all monarchs of our own […]

The Etiquette of Heaven

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a formula for answered prayer? The custom for approaching the kings of Babylon and Persia provides us with that formula. It is not limited to their ancient kingdoms; it is a rule in human relationships and reflects the etiquette of heaven. Queen Esther knew how it worked. She approached […]

Beyond Caring

Okay, I admit it. Today I am angry with God. I was so excited at all the things He had been doing, but now it seems that everything is blocked or diverted. All my prayer and faithfulness might go to waste. Why doesn’t God intervene to keep the vision on course? We could be half […]

Friends and Family

In 1820 Thomas Jefferson produced his own harmony of the Gospels. Using a razor and glue he cut and pasted passages from the four Gospels, in chronological order. However, he excluded any mention of miracles and ended with the sealing of Jesus’ tomb. Jefferson did not believe in God’s supernatural involvement in this world. His […]

Waiting

I taught in rural Kenya for several months and learned the art of waiting. When I made a trip to a city to buy supplies I could never be sure when the mawingo or matatu would conquer the mud-clogged roads and arrive.1 I quickly learned to take a book to read. After Jesus ascended to […]