Lent begins tomorrow with Ash Wednesday. There are many great resources and devotionals available to use throughout this period. Last year, I wrote a little devotional book for our church, From Dust to Glory: Readings and Reflections for Lent, and I want to share it with you. Most devotional resources are heavy on reading the author's thoughts. … Continue reading Lent Devotional: From Dust to Glory
Jonathan Edwards is often referred to as one of the greatest minds America has ever produced. He was a theologian and philosopher, yes. But most of all, he was pastor. His writing and and speaking and ministry did not happen in a classroom or an ivory tower. His sermons prove this. He is most famous for his … Continue reading Heaven, a World of Love
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. (Philippians 2:5-7) Christmas Day is a full … Continue reading Day 25: He Emptied Himself
“Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away.” (Luke 14:34-35) “You are the salt of the earth.” I’ve always struggled with this word from Jesus. Not because I don’t … Continue reading Day 24: You Are the Fertilizer of the Earth
[Through Jesus we have received] grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:5-6) The first Christmas was a mission trip. The mission trip of all mission trips. Jesus left the comforts … Continue reading Day 23: Christmas: A Mission to the Nations
And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32) I recall one time I went to the doctor for a physical exam. I was there because, I thought, this is what … Continue reading Day 22: I Came for the Sick
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45) In ancient times, as today, kings were born in royal palaces and not subjected to the same kind of everyday hardships that “normal” people face. As the saying goes, … Continue reading Day 21: Born to Die
“For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” (John 9:39) Have you ever been frustrated at someone who cannot see what you see? Perhaps it’s something in a sports game, a movie, or a math problem. It can be maddening. But what … Continue reading Day 20: Let There Be Sight!
Listening to 24-hours of Christmas music on the radio this month has probably made you realize one thing: the classic Christmas hymns have much more depth than "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (no offense, Mariah). Did you realize, however, that most, if not all, of these classic carols were not written simply to … Continue reading Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming!
"I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” (Genesis 3:15) The opening scene in Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ shows Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, in deep agony, sweating blood, as he prays to … Continue reading Day 19: The Snake-Stomping Baby