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I Was Just Thinking … About Jesus’ Test on Palm Sunday

Shortly before the day that we now call Palm Sunday, Jesus walked into the village of Bethany and raised his friend, Lazarus, from the dead. This event did not go unnoticed. Word spread. This sign, as John’s gospel labels Jesus’ miracles, was the capstone of a series of signs that began when he turned water … Continue reading

Forgiven #2—Justly Forgiven

If we walk in the light, as God is in the light, … the blood of God’s Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin. … If we confess our sins, God is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:7–9 The one thing that we can … Continue reading

Examples of Faith #7—Paul

I have learned to be content in any circumstance. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:11–13 When we think of Paul the apostle, it … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … About the Trials of Palm Sunday

Shortly before the day that we now call Palm Sunday, Jesus walked into the village of Bethany and raised his friend, Lazarus, from the dead. This event did not go unnoticed. Word spread. This sign, as John’s gospel labels Jesus’ miracles, was the capstone of a series of signs that began when he turned water … Continue reading

Goodness #7—Long-lasting Good

The Eternal is good. His extravagant kindness is everlasting, and his faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100:5 Our patience runs out. Our loyalty decays. Our generosity withers. Our mercy delays. Our devotion dies down. Our compassion goes flat. Our graciousness dwindles. Our lives are like that. … God’s is not! From eternity to eternity, God … Continue reading

Conquerors #2—Avoiding the Second Death

The first and the last, who was dead, and has come to life, says this: … “Do not fear suffering. As you are tested, be faithful even to death, and I will give you the crown of life. Those who conquer will not be hurt by the second death.” Revelation 2:8–11 Truth in advertising: In … Continue reading

Habakkuk #9—Saving Judgment

You marched through the earth in fury; you tread on the nations in anger. You went forth to save your people. Habakkuk 3:12–13 When we fear The Eternal, we need never fear for eternity. The ungodly in every nation will rage against God and present themselves as fearful, but our infinitely wise and powerful defender … Continue reading

Refined Integrity

The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Eternal tests hearts. Proverbs 17:3 During the holidays, broken airplanes, cancellations because of weather, miscommunications about rides to the hotel, and snoring roommates are not just annoying incidents in our daily lives. They are opportunities for us to inventory the stock of … Continue reading

Palm Sunday’s Ride—Humility’s Hurrah

Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem! Look! Your king is coming to you: he is legitimate and has been saved, humble and riding on a donkey. Zechariah 9:9 Jesus proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because his followers thought that the kingdom of God was going … Continue reading

Trials #3 — Rewarded Testing

Happy, fortunate, are those who endure testing, because when they have proven reliable, they will receive the crown of life God promised to those who love him. James 1:12 Businesses crave the coveted Underwriters Laboratories certification stamp on their products because the trademarked symbol signifies that the product has proven reliable by enduring rigorous trials. … Continue reading