“The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” Exodus 14:14, ESV Not even a day out of Egyptian slavery, and the Israelites find themselves on the verge of cultural extinction. There’s a sea on one side and a fractious Pharaoh behind. I can only imagine what was going through the minds of the people. Moms and dads clinging to their children. Grandparents feeling resigned, helpless and hopeless. This isn’t what they left to accomplish. It seemed so hopel
“When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John 19:30 ESV The greatest gift that we possess is salvation from the finished work of Christ Jesus our Lord on the cross. He paid the price to satisfy the wrath of God against sinful, fallen people as we were. Yet to fully enjoy God as we were created, I must enjoy him above all things. No, nothing should unseat my love, honor, and devotion for him. What is
51 As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. Luke 9:51 (NIV) 8 “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?” John 11:8 (NIV) When I was 18, I had the privilege of being part of a McDonald’s franchise management team. During my time there I got to help “open” a couple of different stores as part of the training team. And so I learned a bit of the strategy of
And about three o'clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" that is, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Matthew 27:33-49 I’ve never really been much of a Lent observer. I mean, I know about the Lenten season and I sometimes attend an Ash Wednesday service. But as far as observing Lent like some of my friends do: fasting, prayer, daily readings, I don’t really do that. Maybe I should. I’ve been seriously considering fasting taxes this year.