From the time our children are old enough to walk and talk, we teach them about jobs. We may not get too detailed at such a young age, but we subtly plant the idea of a career into their heads simply by picking out a Halloween costume. From the first grade on we are constantly asking them what they want to be when they grow up, and usually their answers line up with the costume they will pick out to wear that year. (more…)
“As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross.” Matthew 27:32
“Till death do us part.” Those were the words of a 19-year-old girl getting married to her high school sweetheart on August 30, 1980.
“YES,” I said. I can do that. I vowed to love and cherish in sickness and in health, not realizing that one day my marriage would actually die and I would be (more…)
As we optimistically wait for Easter Sunday, we find ourselves focusing on Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, as we should. Good Friday and Easter Sunday capture our hearts because the former is the day we died to sin with Christ and were resurrected with Him to a new life. Not many people think about the events that led up to Jesus’ death. Jesus was betrayed, arrested, put on trial, falsely accused and convicted, then sacrificed by His own people. I would say that very few of us can identify with anything Christ had to go through to fulfill our Father’s plan. I have never (more…)
Jesus was about to be arrested and He knew it was going to happen. He knew who had betrayed Him and knew the terrible persecution He was about to face. Jesus predicted His death several times to His disciples.
In Luke 18:31 Jesus took the twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled.”
They didn’t understand. When John, Peter and James followed Jesus to the Mount of Olives, He said to them, (more…)
Spending the holidays away from family and friends can be hard. It can be even harder when you are on the other side of the world. Last Christmas my team and I spent the month of December in Namibia, Africa. (more…)