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 LSB "For as yet they did... Continue Reading →

Jesus at the Center

Jesus said, "You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that bear witness about Me;1" So whether it's the Jewish roots, believing for signs and wonders, or even wanting to make sure all your doctrinal t's are crossed and i's dotted - the enemy wants you... Continue Reading →

The Promise

And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.” (Genesis 3:15 LSB). "For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest... 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

"Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven."Luke 24:51 NKJV 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... Continue Reading →

Resurrection Reflection

Matthew 28:1-8 NKJV "Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. 3 His countenance was like lightning,... Continue Reading →

Silent Saturday

Scripture doesn't say much about what happened between the crucifixion and the resurrection. We do know the disciples hid. 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 gave... 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 new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission 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. But this Passover would be... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Devotion: Jesus’ Authority Questioned

" But after that they dared not question Him anymore."Luke 20:40 NKJV 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 →

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