This New Life

“Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people all about this new life.” Acts 5:20 The Christian life is unlike anything the world has ever seen or can produce on its own. It is, one might say, otherworldly. When the angel of the Lord gave Peter and the rest of the […]

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Saving the Best Till Now

Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now. John 2:10 Things are always getting better with Jesus. Even in hard times, our best days always lie ahead. The headwaiter at this wedding was amazed at […]

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Not Mastered

All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything. 1 Corinthians 6:12 This is a really great word for us in this age of consumption and entitlement. We’re not in the habit of resisting or taming our appetites. But […]

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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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