In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, [...]
Have you ever thought about the emblem of our faith? It’s a cross, and we see it everywhere symbolizing Christianity. Have you ever wondered if we put too much emphasis on the cross seeing as it is not where our story ends? The cross was just the beginning, but we are resurrection people. Perhaps the question we truly should be pondering is, “Why is the cross still important in the Easter season? Why are we still cross people when we are [...]
There is a pattern that can be seen all over creation: new life comes from death.
As plants and flowers that have dropped seeds into the ground start to grow and bloom.
A flower bulb will one day be a beautiful rain lily, but it has to go into the ground first.
Banana peels, coffee grounds, and apple cores in your compost pile get worked into your garden soil. After putting seeds into that soil, you can grow food.
New life comes from death. [...]
“This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.
Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the [...]
After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’” Those [...]
Have you ever read through the story of how Jesus was led to the cross? We naturally read the story of Jesus “the victim” who was nailed to the cross. And, on one level, Jesus was a victim – no one would chosen as their first choice of things to do in life. But, on a much deeper level, He was moving to the cross on purpose. He understood the cross as His primary reason for entering the world in the first place. We read in [...]