• Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”  (John 11:25-26)

     

    Cheating death. Reversing the clock on aging.  Why do we die?  Those were some of the questions and topics in a recent article I read about aging and dying.  It caught my attention because the main thrust of the article was trying to figure out how to stop dying!  That topic has been and will always be part of our mind and discussion, because nobody has been able to stop it from happening.  And that scares us! That is, until Jesus showed up. (MORE)

  • He was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. (Romans 4:25)


    My yard has started to come to life. The hyacinths are blooming, the tulips are 4 inches high, the roses are coming to life, and my grass is green. Spring is here! This time of year is exciting because winter is losing its grip and new life is taking over again.  (MORE)

  • The stone the builders rejected

        has become the cornerstone;

    the Lord has done this,

        and it is marvelous in our eyes. (Psalm 118:22-23)


    One man's trash is another man's treasure. That's a pretty common expression for people, I think. Even if you don't use it much or ever, you know what the concept is. What someone has no use for and throws away, someone else will pick up and make excellent use of. (MORE)

  • On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” (Mark 11:15-17)


    What makes Jesus REALLY upset? You might say sin. And yes, that's true, but I don't remember a time like this in Mark 11:15-17 where he loses it over someone's sins like this. What was it about the buying and selling of animals and the exchange of money that caused Jesus to display this righteous anger?  (MORE)