“The exodus from Egypt is the most significant event in Israel’s history,” asserted Andrew Dow in his lecture “The Sacrifice of the Lamb” at the Florida College Annual Lectures yesterday morning.
It’s difficult to disagree with Andrew’s affirmation.
A Jewish father in the first century is telling his sons the annual narrative of Israel’s release from Egyptian bondage 1400 years earlier. The story has been passed on from grandfather, to father, and to his sons. Continue reading
Vernon Price tells the story about a young lady who lived a sordid, and sinful life. Drugs, alcohol and sexual immorality characterized her lifestyle.
However, one night in a church service, she was convicted of her sins and responded to the Lord’s invitation. As she grew as a Christian she became involved in ministry and teaching children’s Bible classes.
At some point, she caught the eye and the heart of the preacher’s son. As the relationship grew, they made plans to be married. That’s when some problems from her past surfaced. Continue reading
“Who made off with Jesus?”
This question was the lead sentence in a New York Times story several years ago. It seems that thieves broke into the building of the “Church of the Holy Cross” in Midtown Manhattan and stole a 200-pound plaster image of Jesus. It had been removed from a wooden cross that hung near the entrance of the building. Continue reading
After six grueling hours of vicious taunts, mental torture and physical torment, Jesus cried with a loud voice, breathed his last breath and “yielded His Spirit.” The centurion guards standing by saw he was dead. Continue reading
“America is the most consequential nation on Earth, and in desperate need of God at the moment. If America falls, it will be a thousand years of darkness for the entire planet.”
Conservative political pundit Ann Coulter wrote the above words in a recent column entitled “Ebola Doc’s Condition Downgraded to ‘Idiotic.’” It was in response to Dr. Kent Brantly, the medical missionary, who contracted the deadly disease while serving in Liberia. He, along with co-worker, Nancy Writebol, have been transported to Emory Medical Center in Atlanta where they are receiving treatment for the virus that has a 90% mortality rate. Continue reading
Florence Chadwick was an American swimmer who was the first woman to swim the English channel both ways.
In 1952 Chadwick decided to swim the 26 miles from Catalina Island to the California coastline. The day she stepped in the waters of the Pacific Ocean the weather was foggy and chilly. She was flanked by small boats, but could hardly see them. Continue reading
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” –Jesus, John 14:6
Jesus’ statement seems simple. Straightforward. Clear-cut. Right?
Apparently Dr. Steve McSwain doesn’t think so. In a Huffington Post blog entitled, “Six Things Christians Should Just Stop Saying,” he says that we need to quit saying “Jesus is the only way to heaven.” Continue reading
We used to hear the expression, “Don’t kick someone when they are down.” But today, it seems many delight in “piling on.” It’s seen in schools where kids bully a weaker child. Or when someone is caught in a crime. Or when popular opinion turns upon the object of its scorn. Then every thing is “fair game.” And everyone can join in the “fun.”
That’s what happened on the Friday Jesus died on the cross. Continue reading
How’s your Friday so far? Just another normal day? You awoke. Ate some breakfast. Began your daily routine. Checked out the news. Went to work. And you pretty much expect it to end like most Friday’s. Right?
Did you ever think what is was like on that Friday Christ was crucified? Continue reading
What a day it must have been! When parents brought their little children to Jesus. It captured the attention of all three synoptic writers. Can’t you see the smiles? And hear the giggles? And feel the excitement?
Unfortunately the disciples threw “cold water” on their good intentions. The text says they “rebuked those who brought them.” Maybe they thought they were protecting the Master. That He was too busy. Or had more “important” matters. Or just needed a break from the pressures of His ministry. Continue reading