“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…)
I wanted nothing to do with Him. How could I? After all, I was having fun.
My parents didn’t know Him. Most of my friends didn’t care about Him. I didn’t understand Him and I couldn’t party anymore if I followed Him. So I . . . REJECTED Him!
At the age of thirteen I thought I could do whatever I wanted to. I had a friend and we even sang (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…)
Would Jesus be happy walking in your church on Sunday morning, or would He be angry? What would He find? Sleepy believers going through the routine of worship? Would He find believers there ready to engage and worship?
Jesus walked in the Temple in Jerusalem and became angry at what was going on (Mathew 21: 12-13). He found people using this sacred place to sell goods and crowded out the Gentiles from being able to worship.