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In Between Despair and Joy

In Between Despair and Joy

So far as we know, there has only been one day in the last two thousand years when literally not one person in the world believed Jesus was alive. On Saturday morning after Jesus’ crucifixion, the disciples wake after not having slept for two days. The city that was screaming for blood the day before is quiet. Crowds

Holy Week Activities for Kids

The days and week before Easter, also known as Holy Week, can be a wonderful time of encouraging children to understand the significance of the days before Christ’s crucifixion and the resurrection. Holy Week, also known as Passion Week, is the week before Easter, beginning with Palm Sunday and ending on Easter. Today we are focusing on

Lent: Uncluttering of the Soul

The sabbatical started more suddenly and violently than anticipated. A high fever, a few scans, multiple masses, possibly a lethal abscess… the specialists convened, conferred, counseled me to cancel all engagements, and began cutting. The reduction had begun. Though the masses, thankfully, were all benign, my body did not respond well to the invasion. The

Where Are You Empty?

Jesus fasted for forty days and nights. After this, He was very hungry. The devil came to Jesus to tempt Him, saying, “If You are the Son of God, tell these rocks to become bread.” — Matthew 4:2-3 God disciplines us for our good that we may share in His holiness. No discipline seems pleasant

Jesus Washes the Feet of His Disciples

Editor’s Note: Today marks the beginning of Lent in the Christian Calendar. Lent is a period of forty days (not counting Sundays which are set aside as mini-Easters of rejoicing in the Resurrection) beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter. It is a season of repentance, fasting, self-examination, and

Fingerprint Evidence for Our Messiah, Jesus — Part 1

Did Jesus — and Jesus alone — match the identity of the Messiah? Slender and bespectacled, (Pastor Louis) Lapides is soft-spoken but has a quick smile and ready laugh. He was upbeat and polite as he ushered me to a chair near the front of Beth Ariel Fellowship in Sherman Oaks, California. I didn’t want to begin by

He Chose the Nails: He Chose to Be One of Us

God did what the law could not do. He sent His own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving His Son as a sacrifice for our sins. — Romans 8:3 NLT You alone are the God for us

Luke 4:1-2

Satan Stalked Him

He faced all of the same temptations we do. — Hebrews 4:15 You and I know what it is like to endure a moment of temptation or an hour of temptation, even a day of temptation. But forty days? That is what Jesus faced. The Spirit led Jesus into the desert where the devil tempted Jesus for forty

When Jesus Said, “Follow Me”

“I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,” declares the LORD, “because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares.” — Jeremiah 30:17 For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgement of God rather than burnt offerings. — Hosea 6:6 * Before you begin, read Mark 2:13–17 and Matthew 9:9–12 * Matthew reached above his

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