There had been no announcement. No one had come with a message. Jesus told his disciples, “Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there that you may believe” (John 11:14-15a).
Can you imagine the look of shock and surprise on the faces of the disciples?
Jesus raised his friend Lazarus from the dead so that his followers and others might believe he is the son of God. But they hadn’t seen anything, yet. Not too many days after Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead the Jews finally had the Lord killed as they wanted. Continue reading “Both Lord and Christ”
The scientific name for yeast used in making bread is Saccharomyces Ceremisiae, which means “sugar-eating fungi.” This fungus loves sugar. As it eats sugar, the fungus produces alcohol and carbon dioxide. The gas cannot escape in the dough and causes the batter to rise.
This process is not visible to the naked eye. The fungus is only one cell and is seen only with a microscope. The result of the process is very visible. Bread dough can grow visibly larger because of the presence and appetite of the fungus. Continue reading “Invisible and visible influence”
Words and meanings are important. Dictionaries and texts to teach language exist for this purpose. Socrates supposedly said, “The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.” Every speaker, even politicians, learn that effective communication means one must understand words.
What is the definition of peace? Continue reading “What is peace?”
Peaceful unity is beautiful, whereas evil promotes cantankerous divisiveness. We recognize this. However, are we aware just how profoundly solidarity saturates God’s will at all levels?
Paul’s writings outline God’s solutions for a fractured cosmos, a divided church and broken relationships. Should we be surprised that at its core the same solution keeps appearing? Continue reading “Three divisive scenarios – God’s one unifying solution”
When we boil things down to survival, our perspective crystallizes. Continue reading They had nowhere else to go
What did Jesus look like? No one knows. Yes, there have been many pictures painted of men as “models,” but no true picture exists.
Does this mean we can’t understand what he looks like? Until the second coming of Christ, it does. But his spiritual likeness is just as important, isn’t it?
Someone may say, “How can we come to understand his spiritual likeness?” All we need to do is look in the scriptures for the answer. Continue reading “See the Prince of Peace”
The way people treated Christ is basically how they’ll treat his disciples. Since persecution is a fact of life for Christians (2 Timothy 3:12), we shouldn’t expect anything less.
“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you” (John 15:18, NKJV).
Everything about Jesus’ trial was illegal (Mark 14:53-59). Their hatred consumed them (Isaiah 53:7-9). The mob took to the streets with blood on their minds. They were willing to free a notorious murderer and a thief just so they could see Jesus killed (Matthew 27:17-20). Continue reading “Christ, Christians and the mob mentality”
Church leaders may be wise, knowledgeable Christian men, but they’re nonetheless sinful (Romans 3:23). Besides, a true man of God will direct everyone to the perfect Lord.
God established Jesus as our source of truth (John 1:17) because he’s the sinless (2 Corinthians 5:21) founder (Matthew 16:18) and head of the Church (Ephesians 1:22-23). As a result, Jesus is our leader in all things spiritual (Luke 4:8). Continue reading “High Priest of our faith”
God provides choices, and we must choose carefully because our answer has eternal consequences. Continue reading The Word and the Way
When we do, our young people will notice… Continue reading Make Jesus your life