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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

I Was Just Thinking … About Christmas Time!

Way back in 1965 I sang with four of my friends in the Oak Park and River Forest High School’s “Senior Follies.” One of the songs we performed was Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” But, as it turns out, Alphonse Karr was correct, “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” (the more … Continue reading

Conquerors #8—Conquering Praise

In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have conquered the world. John 16:13 Almighty God, Ruler of your vast creation, we take heart in the midst of tribulation because of how Jesus, who emptied himself of the prerogatives of deity and incorporated himself among us as a servant, achieved victory and … Continue reading

Conquerors #6—Permanently Connected

Hold on to what you have so that no one can take away your crown. I will make those who conquer pillars in the temple of my God, and they will never depart from it. I will write on them my God’s name and the name of my God’s city (the new Jerusalem …), and … 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

Mentoring #5—Rescuing Mentor

If God preserved Noah, when he brought a flood upon the ungodly … and if he rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men … then the Lord understands how to rescue the godly from trial. 2 Peter 2:5–9 Sometimes it seems as though we are swimming upstream in class six rapids. … 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

Servants #5—Fellowship of Servants

Let the leaders among you be servants, for … I am among you as the one who serves. And you are those who have stood by me in my trials. So just as my Father has granted me a kingdom, I grant you that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom. … Continue reading

Civility #5—Imitation Civility

When Christ suffered for you, he left you an example to follow: … When he was maligned, he did not respond with a curse; when he suffered, he threatened no retaliation, but placed his future in the hands of God, who judges justly. 1 Peter 2:21–23 How did he do it? How did Jesus resist … Continue reading

Praised by God #4 — Valued Trials

While rejoicing in the salvation which is coming, you suffer necessary but temporary trials, so that in the genuineness of your faith—which is much more valuable than fire-tested gold—you will find praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:5–7 Olympic gold medalists resemble the gold they pursue. Olympic gold only … Continue reading