Worthy

They all condemned him as worthy of death. Mark 14:64  I’ve always found the wording of this verse to be interesting, if not ironic. Words like condemned and death conjure up images of punishment and justice. What I find interesting is that the word worthy appears here between the two. We would rarely describe someone […]

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The Greatest Pinpoint Prayer Ever Prayed

Here’s this week’s entry from Pray Big for Your Life.  In Matthew 6, Matthew records for us what I believe is the greatest example of pinpoint praying offered in the Bible. I’m sure Matthew, one of the original twelve disciples of Jesus, remembered the moments when Jesus first taught this prayer with vivid clarity. On […]

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Crushed

He was crushed for our iniquities . . . Isaiah 53:5 This is a curious word choice for Isaiah, especially since he wrote this over seven hundred years before Jesus lived. The word crushed is by no means random. Two things happened to Jesus while on the cross that make Isaiah’s word choice significant. First, Jesus’ […]

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Why Jesus Went to Jerusalem

As Jesus was about to go up to Jerusalem . . . Matthew 20:17 It’s the last week of Jesus’ life. Huge history-altering events are occurring on a daily basis. But the most dramatic event of all was reserved for Friday morning. On the same Sabbath weekend that the Jews were celebrating Passover, Jesus was […]

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Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?

It is, without question, the most important question about Christianity. Was Jesus’ resurrection real? If he rose from the dead, then his claims of deity are validated. If not, then my church has some land it wants to sell you. My friend Jonathan Dodson, along with Brad Watson, has written a great book discussing that […]

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Giving to Caesar… Giving to God

Then He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.” Matthew 22:21 As I’m sure you know, today is tax day in the US. And for as much as we gripe and complain about it, it’s worth noting that both Jesus and Paul […]

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One Day on a Donkey

The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them, and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them; and He sat on the coats. Matthew 21:6-7 When Jesus rode into Jerusalem, it wasn’t with the typical pomp and circumstance that most political heroes or conquering kings might employ. Jesus […]

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No Taste Test

And He said to them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it to him. John 2:8 I love that neither Jesus, nor Mary, nor any of the servants felt the need to test the wine before it was presented to the headwaiter. It was just scooped up and […]

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How to Set Your Prayers on Fire

Here’s this week’s entry from Pray Big for Your Life. Chapter 2 Set Your Prayers on Fire: The Power of Pinpoint Praying This, then, is how you should pray . . . Matthew 6:9 The outer court of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, known as the Court of Gentiles, wasn’t typically a quiet or even […]

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