How Bold Are You? (Acts 3-4)

Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. (Acts 4:29) What you do in the face of opposition speaks significantly of what you believe.  People who are uncommitted to a belief system rarely stand up for what they believe when pressure comes because they don't want to face pain or difficulty from something they're not ... [Continue Reading]

Flashback: It’s An Event (Acts 1-2)

But God raised [Jesus] from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. (Acts 2:24) Some people claim that only the ignorant put their faith in God and believe in Christianity.  From my perspective, it’s the opposite.  Consider the situation: a guy named Jesus was walking the earth, claiming to be the Son of ... [Continue Reading]

He Knows Your Name (John 20-21)

Jesus said to her, “Mary.”  She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). (John 20:16) God knows you intimately; he knit you together from the start.  He knows the number of hairs on your head, and he knows the things from your past that bring you shame.  Because he breathed you into existence, it makes sense that, when he speaks your ... [Continue Reading]

Malarkey (Luke 24)

But [the disciples] did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. (Luke 24:11) If you grew up going to church, then for you, it's probably somewhat assumed and accepted that Jesus died and rose again.  After all, we tend to believe the things that we're taught from a young age without giving them a lot of thought.  However, the idea that ... [Continue Reading]

God’s Grace Is Enough For You (Mark 16)

But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee.  There you will see him, just as he told you.’ (Mark 16:7) There are moments in time when we're all tempted to believe that God could never love us because of something that we've done in the past or present.  Such thinking is not from God, however.  In fact, one of my favorite parts of the ... [Continue Reading]

Go (Matthew 28)

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20) After the resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples and gave them what we refer to as “The Great ... [Continue Reading]

The Clarity of the Crucifixion (John 18-19)

[Joseph of Arimathea] was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night.  Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. (John 19:39) The crucifixion of Jesus brought many things to light and it was a clarifying event in the lives of those who were Jesus' followers.  In fact, it was until after the crucifixion that ... [Continue Reading]

Do Hard Things (Luke 23)

But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed. (Luke 23:23) When the angry mobs pull out their pitchforks and torches it's easier to let them prevail than it is to stand up against them with reason and right thinking.  After all, standing up to a mob could be dangerous, and you never know if they may turn on you.  Perhaps ... [Continue Reading]

Still In Control (Mark 15)

Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So!  You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, come down from the cross and save yourself!” (Mark 15:29-30) In the world's darkest moment – when Jesus hung in misery on the cross – God was still in control.  It’s a truth that’s so hard for us to understand sometimes.  How ... [Continue Reading]

Evil Doesn’t Wait (Matthew 27)

Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed. (Matthew 27:1) It's interesting to me that the chief priests and elders didn't waste any time in making their plans for having Jesus executed.  Rather than taking time to think through the ramifications of their actions, their minds were set, and nothing ... [Continue Reading]