Perhaps you have been drawn into the scholarly debate about what Jesus did for the first 30 years of His earthly life. Was He a carpenter or a stone-mason? There are two references/translations that are commonly used to suggest that Jesus was a carpenter, Matthew 13:55, where he is called “the son of a carpenter … More Jesus Was a Painter
My pastor asked me to be a part of our Good Friday service. I said yes. Approximately 15 minutes before the service was to begin, my phone rang. It was my friend Ben’s number. We were in prayer with all the other participants in the evening’s service so I didn’t pick up. But when prayer … More A Good Friday Meditation for Silent Saturday
Sanctify the Day Together — a Call to Worship Volume 1 Day 11 “In the stillness of this morning once again we come to You. We are blind to what will be in this day. But You see it all even before it is. You know where every footfall of this day will land. You … More Magnify the Lord as You Rise
A Benediction for the 24th Day of April Sanctifying the day by directing the heart to God Adapted from EVERY MOMENT HOLY by Douglas Kaine McKelvey Forward by Andrew Peterson page 11
[Listen to the sound file while you read — two inches to the right of this line on this page, marked “Aubre’s Gift”] Preparing our hearts for Good Friday and Easter The Savior is crowned with thorns. Adapted from the accounts of Mt 27:27-31; Mk 15:16-20; Jn 19:1-7 Jesus is flogged and crowned. The soldiers … More “Behold the Man”
God Hates Sin. And he has good reason to hate sin. It breaks his moral law. It deprives human beings of their full flourishing. It brings pain and heart-ache to others. It creates destruction and violence in the world. It destroys the beauty of his creation. And the list goes on . . . God’s … More God Hates.
Sunday is for Heart Songs Reading with the Pastor Hab. 3, John 11, and Psalm 95 1 O come, let us sing for joy to the Lord, . Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, . Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. … More Let Your Heart Soar
We don’t love what we will not sacrifice for. But God . . . “But God demonstrated His love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” — Romans 5:8 Be intoxicated with His love. And then go love everyone you know in His name.
Sunday Musings “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not so short that it cannot save; nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He does not hear.” —Isaiah 59:1-2 (NASB) … More The Only Resolutions You Need
Tuesday is for Preaching I am home working on Good Friday and Easter Sunday messages and becoming more and more mesmerized by the wonder of being loved by God. For that is what Good Friday and Easter declare. Like a megaphone hooked up to the largest amplifiers the world has ever known, the Worst Friday … More Worst Friday Turned into Good Friday