Jesus utters 7 different phrases from the cross. Some of them are iconic. "Father, forgive them, for they don't know what they are doing." "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" "Into your hands I commend my Spirit."
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Posted 3 weeks 2 days ago
I believe that one of the most beautiful prayers from the life of Christ comes in John 17. For the sake of this, we will focus on the end but it is important to note that Jesus prays for himself and then the disciples. Jesus then begins to pray for all believers. He says, "I pray also for those who will believe in me through their (the disciples') message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.
Posted 1 month 6 hours ago
I have always loved the "I Am" statements of Jesus. They are powerful and encouraging. They challenge us to be what Christ created us to be, a daily example of resurrection and new life. However, more often than not, I find myself in the "I Am Not" category. There are days where I get some things right but there are also days where I completely miss the mark. And although I desperately want to connect with the "I Am" statements, I find myself clinging to the same hope of another character in Scripture, Peter.
Posted 1 month 1 week ago
The Feast of the Tabernacles was a seven-day celebration that included singing, dancing, and music, but it was especially known for its water and light ceremony. Every night during the festival, the typically dark Jerusalem night sky was illuminated as four tall pillars in the temple held four large, oil filled bowls that were set ablaze. If you were pious, you didn't sleep. You sang, danced, listened to music, priests carried torches, and you celebrated the God who provided every year and led your people through the dessert at night in a pillar of fire.
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
By the time Jesus arrives in the village of his dear friends, Mary, Martha, and Lazarus after a 2-day delay, Lazarus has been dead for four days. Martha meets Jesus first while Mary waits with the mourners, but both make the exact same statement upon seeing Jesus. "Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died" (John 11:21, 32).
Posted 1 month 4 weeks ago
Every year in the weeks and months after Easter, we enter into our INSIDE/OUT Season of Service. Here's why. Easter is not only a reminder of the great hope we have for new life when this life is over, although that is an incredible hope. Easter also reminds us that resurrection power and resurrection purpose should raise us to new life now. As John says, "We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death" (1 John 3:14). Here are a few opportunities to put our love into action.
Posted 2 months 5 days ago
For our One Day without Fear, I want to offer a few challenges.
Learn your triggers and try to plan accordingly. If reading certain people or articles online pushes your panic button, you don't have read them. If the news leaves you in a constant state of fear, dial back your viewing. If certain websites or magazines leave you fearful that your look isn't good enough, your house isn't nice enough, your accomplishments aren't important enough, replace them with that which builds you up.
Posted 2 months 1 week ago
For our One Day without Anger, I want to offer a few challenges.
Ask some simple questions for self-reflection. Why am I angry? Is my anger misplaced? Is my anger proportional to the perceived injury or wrong? Is this a sign of an unresolved issue that needs to be addressed? How did I contribute (or how am I contributing) to the problem?
Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago
Joy is a unique word. The word joy is defined as "a feeling of great pleasure and happiness," but it is certainly more complex than that. Joy looks different to each and every one of us. What brings me joy may look completely different than what brings you joy.