Resurrection Passages

 A few things caught my attention while reading the resurrection passages in ‘A Harmony of the Gospels in 30 Days’ on YouVersion. Reading all the Gospel accounts together by story sheds new light on the life and ministry of Jesus. For instance, look at how revelation comes; John 20:9 TLV “For they did not yet... Continue Reading →

The Promise

"And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring.He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.”(Genesis 3:15 NLT). "Of the increase of His government and shalom there will be no end— on the throne of David and over His kingdom— to establish it and uphold it through... Continue Reading →

From The Cradle to The Cross

As The Christmas season comes to a close, we turn our attention from the cradle to the cross. Yes, there are a few months between now and the celebration of Jesus' death and resurrection, but these two holidays remain in our hearts all year even though they are only once on the calendar. So as... Continue Reading →

From Eden to the Incarnation

Christmas Eve is tomorrow. Many will spend time with family enjoying finger foods, dinner, delicious desserts, and exchanging gifts. As you prepare for the crescendo of the Christmas season over the next two days, think about the original promise of our redemption. "...He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel." - Genesis 3:15... Continue Reading →

Pondering Jesus All Year Long

Christmas is a time we focus our attention back on Jesus. We endeavor to keep Him at the forefront all year, but life happens, we get distracted, things pile up, and we start missing days of Bible reading, prayers become hurried, and some Sunday's we are just too tired to make it to church. We... Continue Reading →

Jesus: The Greatest Gift

I don't think anything compares to watching my nieces and nephew open presents. The looks of surprise, excitement, and on occasion, disappointment are indescribable. Christmas is a time of giving and receiving. But I'm sure you can guess the direction this post is headed. The greatest gift isn't found under the tree or in a... Continue Reading →

Jesus: Our Good Shepherd

Not far from Christ's manger, shepherds kept watch over their flock. The Good Shepherd was first a baby in a manger, surrounded by animals. Mary pondered the events of the following hours in her heart. The baby in the manger was announced years later as "the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of... Continue Reading →

Ascension

"And while blessing them, He departed from them and was taken up into heaven."Luke 24:51 After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to many people, including His disciples, and He opened the Scripture to them so that they could see that they spoke of Him. The Ascension wasn't the end of Jesus's work; redemption was accomplished, but... Continue Reading →

Resurrection Reflection

Matthew 28:1-8 "Now after Shabbat, as it began to dawn on the first day of the week, Miriam of Magdala and the other Miriam came to look at the tomb. 2 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, for an angel of Adonai descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like... Continue Reading →

Silent Saturday

Scripture doesn't say much about what happened between the crucifixion and the resurrection. We do know the disciples hid themselves. Can you imagine their fear? Their Rabbi had died, the man they spent three years with - crucified by the Romans because of jealous religious leaders. Except, the truth is, no one killed Jesus, He... Continue Reading →

Good Friday

When I was a kid my church did an Easter play every year, and every year I cried during the crucifixion. When the movie Jesus of Nazareth came out I cried watching them whip Jesus, and when the Passion of the Christ came out I saw it in a theater. Watching the Passion of the... Continue Reading →

Denial and Redemption

After the final Passover meal, things begin to move quickly; Jesus goes with His disciples to the garden where He prays for Himself, His disciples, and all of those who will believe through their word (John 17), and the story progresses quickly through betrayal, arrest, trial, and denial (John 18). I want to step out... Continue Reading →

Thursday Devotion: The Last Super

"for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the removal of sins."Matthew 26:28 The Passover is an annual festival the Jews celebrate every year commemorating their deliverance from bondage in Egypt. The disciples were arguing about who was the greatest and waiting to get the Passover meal underway.... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Devotion: Jesus’ Authority Questioned

"For they no longer dared to question Him about anything."Luke 20:40 Countless times throughout His ministry, Jesus was questioned by the Pharisees, Sadducees, and other leaders. But as the time of Jesus's death drew near, everyone ramped up their questions. From asking about commandments, taxes, and the resurrection of the dead (which the Sadducees didn't... Continue Reading →

Tuesday Devotion: Cornerstone

"Haven’t you read this Scripture? ‘The stone which the builders rejected, this has become the chief cornerstone." - Mark 12:10 Today, read Mark 11:12-12:12. Jesus explains why the fig tree withered and tells a parable about a vineyard. Both of these illustrations share the story of rejection God has felt through the centuries. Israel continually... Continue Reading →

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