Resurrection Sunday

Very early the next morning, as the sun was just beginning to peek over the Jerusalem horizon, the women set out to properly anoint Jesus' body for burial. Having been the Sabbath, they were not able to do this when his body had first been laid in the tomb. And they had spent much time … Continue reading Resurrection Sunday

Good Friday

The day of Jesus' crucifixion. The day he paid the price for my sins. The day my savior was tried, convicted and sentenced. Tortured, mocked and killed. Only in hindsight does the name "Good Friday" make sense. Mark 15, NLT: Very early in the morning the leading priests, the elders, and the teachers of religious … Continue reading Good Friday

Holy Thursday

By now the leading priests had heard and seen enough and they began to secretly devise a plan to have Jesus arrested and killed. Surely this would put an end to all of this -- or so they thought. One of the disciples, Judas Iscariot, had apparently not allowed Jesus to truly change his heart … Continue reading Holy Thursday

Warning to the hypocrites

Jesus remained busy during his last days on earth. He continued to teach and rebuke, to heal and make waves. The religious leaders were getting more and more uncomfortable with his message. He was in their face, using parable after parable to warn them and rebuke them. Finally after going back and forth with the … Continue reading Warning to the hypocrites

Lamb of God

So Jesus had arrived in Jerusalem - greeted by much excitement and fanfare. Jerusalem was a busy place this time of year as the Jewish people celebrated in remembrance of the first Passover in Egypt generations ago. That had been the night The Lord had released them from the captivity and oppression they had experienced … Continue reading Lamb of God

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday. The "kick-off" of Holy Week. My favorite time of the year. This week marks the culmination of Jesus' time on earth spent teaching, healing and building relationships. This week we celebrate the gracious gift of reconciliation God provided to the lost world. This week we are reminded of Jesus Christ's intercession between fallen … Continue reading Palm Sunday

Harmonious relationships

Our God is a relational God. He demonstrated that when he entered our world as the man Jesus, fully God. (For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. - Colossians 2:9 NLT) And he continues to demonstrate that in the personal relationship he has with each believer. (So now we … Continue reading Harmonious relationships

Journey to the Promised Land

I love reading the Old Testament. Reading about the Israelites and their not so easy journey to the Promised Land gives me hope as I look forward to my Promised Land, heaven. Much like their journey through the wilderness was part of God's plan - so is our journey through this life. It isn't always … Continue reading Journey to the Promised Land

Spring is coming

Living in the mid-west my whole life, I have grown to absolutely love spring. I love the sounds of birds singing and of water rushing into the street drains as the snow melts away. Something about the emergence of spring and all that comes with it is so exhilarating after the long hibernation of winter. … Continue reading Spring is coming