No other event is more central to our finding and following Jesus than His resurrection. Without it, the Christian faith is just wishful thinking. But if Christ is raised from the dead, that changes everything.
Easter for Everyone
Easter changes everything for everyone. This year is no different. Read articles and devotionals, download crafts, and be inspired. This year Easter comes to you!
The Supporting Cast of Easter
See Easter through the eyes of the people you may not think about that were involved with the story. What can we learn from this supporting role perspective?
Jonah is in an unbelievable situation, living three days and three nights in the belly of a giant fish. After Jonah disobeyed and ran away from God, it’s almost equally unbelievable that God would still pursue, rescue, and protect Jonah.
You may not be a prophet like Jonah, but there are times when God wants you to do something you should not ignore. You can respond in obedience. Or you can run. Running from God is never a very good option. You may not get swallowed by a giant fish, but you will be...
There are some songs of the heart that we might rather not sing out loud. They express thoughts and feelings that are brutal and dark - feelings we'd rather others not know we feel. There are Song of the Heart in the Bible that curse others or invoke evil and they...
In the middle of Holy Week, we celebrate another spy story. Yet, unlike the fictional stories of Jack Bauer and Perry the Platypus, the historical account of Judas Iscariot is neither heroic or entertaining.
A lone young woman in a room full of men approaches Jesus with a box. The box held a perfume so valuable and expensive that it represented this young woman’s total life savings. This box held enough money for her to live comfortably into retirement, and a dowry which would allow her to marry into a wealthy family. This young woman was Mary of Bethany.
On the Monday immediately following Palm Sunday, Jesus entered the temple area of Jerusalem. At that time, the temple was enormous, dominating the city, covering an area larger than most American football stadiums today. The outer area of the temple where the market was likely held was called the Court of the Gentiles. Although the temple and the court were both considered sacred spaces, it did not stop the people of Jerusalem from conducting business there.
Second Peter 3:1-18 teaches that the return of the Lord is certain and that it should change the way we live now.
You can celebrate even when you're waiting.Today is PALM SUNDAY! (See Matthew 21:1-11) The religious leaders had studied and waited their whole lives for a Savior . . . and still, they didn’t recognize Jesus when He came. But the rest of the people DID see how...
The dust hangs heavy in the air from the scurrying of thousands of feet. The noise grows deafening as more and more gather—squeezing, shuffling, jostling for position along the edge of the road. Suddenly, unexpectedly, the cacophony quiets. The shouts turn to soft murmurs filled with excitement, curiosity, hope: “Look! He’s coming!”
Then, the voices rise in volume once again, this time of unstoppable praise: “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!”
This is similar to my experience with God’s presence in my life. I can become so preoccupied with my circumstances that it’s easy to forget God is with me. Too often, it’s only when I am shaken by the world that I desperately search for the safety of God’s presence.