This free eBook is offered as a prayer guide for the eight days of Holy Week! The booklet takes you from Palm Sunday, and up to Easter. Click here to download your free ebook. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” –John 11:25–26 Most of us are familiar with the verses above, but think about the last part of the Scripture again—do you believe this? This is the heart of what […]
In the good times and the bad, we're always and totally in God's hands and in his providence. This means that how and where we are born, the place we live, how many years we exist on the earth, the trials we go through, and all the boundaries of our lives are within the mind of God.
If there’s anything in life that awakens us to the fact that we’re not immortal, it’s aging, disintegration, loss of some kind, or the onset of a disability. Clinical depression? Chronic fatigue? Life in a wheelchair? Loss of hair? Wrinkles? Overweight? We can very easily get angry and blame God for allowing such depressing and painful things to happen in our lives. “You could have done something to stop this, or to fix it after it did!” When we hear this kind of thing coming out of our mouths or slipping into our thoughts, we’re faced with a genuine theological […]
Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent with a public act of confession and contrition. Acknowledging that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, we stand in solidarity as fellow creatures before our Creator, acutely aware of our mortality. In the face of our transience, we pledge ourselves anew to live unto God’s Word in Jesus Christ, the eternal Word that remains forever. Historically, Ash Wednesday was a time when penitents were presented for church discipline during Lent, culminating in reconciliation on Maundy Thursday. Ash Wednesday is also the occasion when would-be disciples of Christ known […]
“…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 Who hasn’t learned that our human promises are usually pretty flimsy? We promise many things, often with the best of intentions, yet so many of them come up far short. “This product comes with a lifetime guarantee…” but the company did go out of business two months after we bought it.
Christmas is about hope. The word “hope” in the Bible bears no relation to the way the world commonly uses it. It doesn’t mean “I hope so,” but rather “I’m confident that…” It’s connected to the character of God who is always reliable and who never loses his focus. If we’re speaking of what God promises us, then we are on the most solid ground on earth. There is no real hope in this life or the next outside God and his purposes. Everything else is just wishful thinking. That’s the first thing we need to know about hope.
The normal male senses an inner transformation occurring the moment his daughter is born. Fathers, you understand what I mean, don’t you? As time passes and he watches his little princess grow up, he tends to react when young males begin to take an interest in her—he wants to protect her from some stray predatory beast. So as a parent, when I see a young woman being pushed around, used, abused, and treated shabbily, or hear of some actor on the news constantly getting herself in trouble with the law, I can’t help but ask the question, “Where’s her father […]