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 →

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 →

Good News of Great Joy

The most wonderful time of year has begun! I know many are not seeing the Christmas season as wonderful as they did a few years ago. A lot has changed, and things will continue to change, but the Christmas season gives us a chance to reset our focus. One of my favorite parts of the... 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. 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... Continue Reading →

HE IS RISEN

HE HAS RISEN INDEED! "He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."Matthew 28:6 NKJV I woke up this morning to the sound of many birds chirping outside my widow. The sound of birds, singing the glory of His resurrection, I thought to myself. This... 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 new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins."Matthew 26:28 NKJV The Passover is an annual festival the Jews celebrate every year commemorating their deliverance from bondage in Egypt. The disciples were arguing about who is the greatest and waiting to get the Passover meal... 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 →

Tuesday Devotion: Cornerstone

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

Monday Devotion: Cleansing the Temple

"My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations." Mark 11:17 Jesus had just rode in on a donkey to shouts of Hosanna the day before, it was such a joyous scene. But now He was correcting the people, telling them the true purpose of the Father's house. Mark 11:15-19 NKJV "So... Continue Reading →

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