The Secret Courageously Revealed
  Now when evening had come, because it was the Preparation Day, that is, the day before the Sabbath,Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent council member, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, coming and taking courage, went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.Pilate marveled that He was already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him... read all »
Doing It Right!
"Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly." (Matthew 1:18-19 English Standard Version) Early in the week, I was prep... read all »
We Had Hoped He Was the One
Following the 2012 presidential election, a colleague wrote, "Christ is king and neither Obama nor Romney are of any consequence in the grand scheme." A family member took exception to that comment and we had a little study on it that I would like to share with you: We are proud of our accomplishments. If we are working toward a certain goal, we think that goal is ... read all »
Saved by what/who?
For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. (1 Timothy 4:10)  God!She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) Jesus! Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood,... read all »
He Wants to Build What?
You are likely familiar with the quote from Jesus: “on this rock I will build my church...” (Matthew 16:18) and, of course, we all know what a church is. But what if you were in that group, nearly 2000 years ago, that first heard Jesus say it? What would you have thought he meant? What expectations would he have raised? Hearing Jesus' promise through the e... read all »
Is Easter Really Over?
I find the abundance of signs that were announcing “Easter” services disturbing. Because here it is two weeks later and not one special sign encouraging Sunday worship attendance is anywhere in sight. How can we have all that fervor for remembering, honoring, and celebrating the resurrection of Christ for about three weeks before “Easter” then,... read all »
The Rules of the Race
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”   1st Corinthians 9:24 (NIV) I was challenged once by a particular lesson presented by an old friend. He was suggesting a sermon I might de... read all »
Where are the Heroes?
“If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Jesus in Matthew 5:46-48 ... read all »
The Hard Choices?
Don't you know that you are a temple of God, and that God's Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him; for God's temple is holy, which you are. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, World English Bible While reading an article from Chicken Soup ... read all »