John 3 Word of Jesus was beginning to get around, now. The miracle at the wedding in Galilee was a big deal and the people who saw it happen weren’t keeping quiet about it. The clearing of the temple marketplace had gotten the attention of a lot of people, too, especially the religious leaders of … Continue reading You have a choice to make!
On the surface, the name “Good Friday” seems like a misnomer. To Jesus’ friends and followers, there was nothing good about that Friday. The week had started off well. On Sunday, Jesus had entered Jerusalem with a celebration and He spent the week proclaiming the message of His Kingdom to all who would listen. They … Continue reading Good Friday Reflections
The book of Revelation begins with a series of letters from Jesus to seven churches that lined the main Roman road. The believers in these churches were suffering persecution for their faith and each one faced their own challenges. When we read these letters, we see glimpses of our churches today as well as struggles … Continue reading It is the love of Jesus that beckons the lost
When the prophet Isaiah came on the scene with a message from God, the Israelites had really blown it. They had rebelled against God despite all that He had done for them. No matter how much trouble they had gotten themselves into because of their rebellion, they stubbornly continued in it. (Read Isaiah 1:1-20) They … Continue reading The only payment God will accept
Do you ever wonder if God takes a day off? If there is ever a time when He decides that He’s seen enough and heard enough? If one day He’s going to ignore it all and decide just not to show up? After all, His people (the Israelites, the Church, me, you) seem to get … Continue reading God Will Always Show Up
If anyone tries to deny how incredible the grace of God is, just point them to the book of Judges. Over and over you see the Israelites turning away from God. Over and over you read, “Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord.” They just could not stay on track! They … Continue reading God won’t give up on you
This morning while I was reading the book of John, I was struck by a verse that spoke to me. Jesus was comforting his disciples as he tried to prepare them for his upcoming death. He knew the sorrow and dismay they would feel when they saw their Lord crucified and buried, and he was … Continue reading Your grief will turn to joy
Isaiah 53 has always been one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. It so clearly describes the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross and the purpose for it. When God came to earth he didn't come as a great and powerful conquerer (as some were hoping for). He came as a simple baby and … Continue reading Why he came…
It's March and March Madness is in full effect. Whole communities will be celebrating with their teams as each victory brings them closer to the ultimate prize. No doubt there will be victory parades in the streets as ecstatic fans welcome the players home. And those closest to the players will be proudly alongside them … Continue reading Palm Sunday … Victory Parade
A few weeks ago I wrote about how the death of the Reverend Billy Graham had impacted me. How the thought of his glorious homecoming after a life of faithfully sharing the gospel was a reminder that we all need to be following his lead. Today I read that the famous scientist and self-proclaimed atheist … Continue reading Don’t die in your unbelief – TODAY is the day of Salvation!