April 11, 2018

Yes, Jesus could turn stones into bread and make sure no one was ever hungry again. But then we’d still live in a world where people had too much food and no reason to share with those who had nothing. Jesus could heal every disease and remove sickness from the world. But we would still live in a world where people cared more about themselves than about the needs of others. Jesus could step in and prevent every car accident… Read more

April 9, 2018

An essential element of the Messianic promise is this: Nothing will ever be the same again. God makes this clear in Isaiah 65:17 when He says: “See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.” What follows is a long list of contrasts between the way things are, and the way things will be after the Messiah comes. If there was death, there will be life. If there was… Read more

April 5, 2018

    And now I will show you the most beautiful way: If I build a church that’s larger than a football stadium but I don’t love people the way God does, I am nothing. If I write books that sell millions of copies and made Oprah’s favorites list, but don’t love my enemies, then I am worth nothing. If I have a Television show where I take money from the elderly and the weak-minded and twist the scriptures around… Read more

April 5, 2018

Before you hit “unfollow” or reach for the pitchforks, let me clarify what I mean by this statement. There are dozens of scriptures and ideas in the Bible that even the most devout Biblicist flat out rejects and ignores. For example: Most Christians do not greet one another with a holy kiss, although Paul commands Christians to do this four times in the New Testament. Most Christians do not forbid women to cut their hair, nor do they consider long… Read more

April 2, 2018

T. Austin Sparks says something in the very beginning of his book “The School of Christ” which provided a very clear image for me of what I think is “off” about so much of Christianity today. He points out that the prophetic image of a new temple as described to Ezekiel is already fulfilled in Christ, and therefore in His Body [which is the church]. In other words, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – that would be any different… Read more

March 30, 2018

What does the Resurrection mean to me? It means I will never experience a single moment without Jesus. He will never leave or forsake me. Nothing can separate me from His love. Death cannot stop this love. Life can’t change it. Angels and demons are powerless against it. Time itself can’t touch it. His love for me endures forever. My Abba and His Son are joyfully living within me and by the power of the Holy Spirit, I am being… Read more

March 29, 2018

We as Christians have an unusual fascination with the death of Jesus. I know that what Jesus did for us, on the cross, is an astounding act of love and sacrifice. Without this, none of us would have any hope, and yet Paul the Apostle declares that, “..if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.” (I Cor.15:17) I wonder if our fascination with his death has something to do psychologically with our… Read more

March 28, 2018

The body of Jesus was taken down from the cross. It was cold; lifeless; heavy. They washed his body clean with water and anointed it with spices, wrapping it in a shroud from head to toe.They laid his body in the cold, dark tomb and rolled the stone over the door. In the silence that followed, the body of Jesus did not stir.  Outside of the tomb, life went on as usual. Most people celebrated the Passover feast with their… Read more

March 23, 2018

On the day that the Passover Lamb was traditionally selected, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. Spontaneously, the people along the road began to wave palm branches and shout “Hosanna!” but what’s really going on might surprise you. First of all, the people received Jesus as a prophet (Matt. 21:11) but not as the Messiah. This event was prophesied in Zechariah 9:9: “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly… Read more

March 21, 2018

It’s one of the most common phrases I think I’ve ever heard from Christians when it comes to any conversation where people want to use the Bible to justify their position: “The Bible clearly says…” What follows is usually a quotation of a certain number of verses that support that person’s view, as if the conversation is now over. But, of course, the other person can also say, “No, you’re wrong because the Bible clearly says…” as they quote their… Read more

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