Long before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Isaiah spoke of Him. Wonderful Counselor. Might God. Eternal Father. And Prince of Peace. In this series, we have been discovering what it truly means to abide in God’s peace beyond understanding. And I simply couldn’t ignore the fact that Jesus is referred to as our Prince of Peace. What does this title mean exactly? And why is it important for us today? Continue Reading
If you’re anything like me, you grew up hoping for your happily ever after. I probably watched a few too many Disney fairy tales, or maybe I’m simply a romantic at heart. Needless to say, I looked forward to the day I would meet my prince charming and become his beautiful bride. Perhaps this is one of the reasons God calls us the bride of Christ throughout Scripture. It’s a relationship most of us long for and can relate to. And unlike this life with all of its flaws and imperfections, it’s a happily ever after we can rely on to come true. Continue Reading
Covenants were commonplace in the days of the Old Testament. Many kingdoms and kings would become allies and share resources, and covenants were a way to ensure both parties held up their end of the agreement. Needless to say, covenants were serious business. They were often (but not always) sealed with blood. Sacrifices were made, meals were shared… and they had dire consequences if broken. Continue Reading
When we think of the cross, the first thought that often comes to mind is sin. Jesus died to take away our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. But the truth is that the cross accomplished so much more than we can even comprehend. We had an old life, one that was lost in sin and doomed to death because of that sin. But now we have access to a new life, one that is hidden in Christ Jesus our Savior. And when we are born into new life… everything changes. Continue Reading
We hear a lot about the “power of sin.” Sin has the power to enslave us and to ruin our lives. It is self-gratifying, self-exalting, and can often carry devastating consequences to those around us. For most of my life, I viewed sin as something to run from; but I also viewed it as something I would always struggle with. I believed with all my heart that I was saved, but I embraced my struggle with sin as something I would live with until the day I went home to be with Jesus.
But one day I was reading God’s Word and it hit me… Jesus set me free from the power of sin. And if I’m really set free, why am I still struggling with it? Continue Reading
The entire foundation of Christianity is Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jesus atoned for man’s sin on the cross making it possible for us to be made righteous and inherit eternal life. In all honesty, atonement is simply a fancy word for reconciliation between two parties. To atone for ones mistakes means that we make things right again. All is well, and we are united once again. And this is exactly what Jesus did for us on the cross. Continue Reading
My children are growing up in a culture when information is readily available to them at their fingertips. But this wasn’t always the case. I remember doing a research paper for my sixth grade class on the space program. And do you want to know where most of my information came from? Books. Yes, you read that right. Books. I had to go to the library and rely on old newspapers, magazines, and encyclopedias.
But everything is different now. Continue Reading
In the beginning God created… The Bible gives us a small glimpse into creation, but not a lot of details. We know that God created the earth and everything in it, including us. But why? For what purpose did God create Adam and Eve, put them in a beautiful and perfect garden, only to have them disobey His only command bringing sin and death into the world? While we don’t find a lot of answers in the book of Genesis regarding why God created man in the first place, the Scriptures in their entirety share God’s amazing plan for us… a plan He put into motion before time itself began. Continue Reading
A man is healed by Jesus who was born blind. It was not only the Sabbath day but since the man was blind from birth, the Jewish people believed that he was blind because of sin. At some point, his parents must have sinned to cause such a great handicap in their son’s life – right? This miracle was astounding, to say the least, and it caused quite the controversy. I have to wonder, would we respond today the way this man’s friends and family responded? Would we doubt and question what really happened or would we be able to see the truth through spiritual eyes? Continue Reading
I absolutely love the holiday season. We get to celebrate, drink hot chocolate, decorate, shop ’til we drop, and spend time with family and friends. And did I mention Christmas carols? With so much to enjoy, it’s easy to take it all for granted. This season can be the “most wonderful time of the year,” but it can also be the most stressful. Peace on earth, good will to men. I was thinking about this common phrase we sing around Christmas time, and I couldn’t shake it from my mind. Continue Reading
Have you ever been so angry that you didn’t know how to handle yourself? I’d like to say that I always keep my cool – that I never lose my temper. But that would be a lie. To say that this week has been a test of my “self-control abilities” would be an understatement. Without discussing all of the details, I had every reason to be mad. Most would probably tell me that my anger was justified and that raising my voice in disapproval would have been appropriate in my circumstance. So why do I feel so badly about it all? Continue Reading
Let me ask you a question: Was Jesus humble? Did He exhibit pride in any of His behavior? I think we can all agree that Jesus is our perfect example of true humility. Paul certainly agreed in his letter to the Philippians:
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. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. – Philippians 2:5-11 (ESV)
I recently read an article about the dangers of trying to share an attractive gospel. The writer claimed that we spend too much time as Christians today “dressing up” a message that doesn’t need to be dressed up… so much so that the meaning behind the message has been lost. And while he certainly made a few valid points, I wasn’t sure how to feel about it all. So I looked to God’s Word and Jesus’ ministry for answers. Continue Reading
Christianity isn’t just another religion. It’s different. It has the ability to supernaturally transform hearts and lives. It literally is the source of life itself.
While the world tells you that you have to be better in order to be worthy, Jesus saw you as worthy enough to die for… even at your worst. And while religion is typically rigid and all about rules, God simply longs to be with us.
Yes indeed, Christianity stands alone. Continue Reading