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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! Three Views of Three Crosses

Crosses.  You see them everywhere.  On houses of worship.  On grave markers. As ornate pieces of jewelry worn as a necklace, bracelet or even earrings.

We celebrate the cross. We glamorize it.  We even romanticize it. We all know what it means.  It’s the symbol of Christianity. It represents salvation. It reminds us of Jesus.  Continue reading

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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! Religiosity or Righteousness?

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During the Communion service, to help fix my mind on Jesus,  I like to read the accounts of Christ’s crucifixion.

One Sunday I was reading John’s account and came upon a verse I hadn’t noticed  before.  I was stunned.  Shocked.  Startled. Continue reading

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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! What’s Good About “Good Friday”?

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My calendar says today is “Good Friday.” The NYSE will be closed for “Good Friday.” Many schools will out for “Good Friday.” Christendom celebrates today as “Good Friday.”

Personally, I’ve always thought speaking of the day Jesus was unmercifully crucified on Calvary as “Good Friday” seemed a little strange. Of course, the expression “Good Friday is not used in the Bible. So, what is its origin? Continue reading

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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! Why Did My Savior Come To Earth?

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“Why did my Savior come to earth?” asks J.G. Dailey in his famous hymn.

“Why did He choose a lowly birth?”

“Why did He drink the bitter cup of sorrow, pain and woe?”

“Why on the cross be lifted up?” Continue reading

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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! Who and What We Celebrate Sunday

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S. M. Lockridge (1913-2000) was a prominent African-American preacher known for his dynamic, passionate, and fervent sermons. His most famous sermon was “He’s my King.” Several years ago author and speaker Tony Campolo was so impressed by Lockridge’s lesson on “It’s Friday. But Sunday’s Coming!” that he began to deliver the lesson himself and even wrote a book with that title.

Two years ago we began a Friday column under that heading. Since we have so many new readers I would like to share again a part of that famous sermon by Lockridge. But first a brief explanation. Continue reading

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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! When Everyone Turns Against You

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Have you ever felt like everyone was against you?

Your spouse was discontented. Distant.  And disengaged.   Your kids seemed sullen and angry.  Your boss was demanding.  Impossible to please.  A friend betrayed you.  Others turned on you.  No one listened.  Or understood.  Or seemed to care.  People who lauded and praised you a few days ago now turn on you with a spiteful venom.  Those who hailed you as great now want your hide. Continue reading

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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! From Sadness to Gladness

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The supper has ended.  Jesus has washed the disciples feet.  He identifies His betrayer.  And Judas has left the gathering and gone out into the night.

As they walk from the upper room and journey toward the Gethsemane’s garden, the disciples  minds are racing with questions.  Their hearts are troubled.  There seems to be a sense of foreboding.  Jesus, of course, knows their perplexing thoughts.  He says, “Let not your hearts be troubled.” Continue reading

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