3 LESSONS OF EASTER…
“Tomorrow is Easter. Resurrection Day. A day of triumph and redemption. Of joy and feasting.
The morning of deliverance that follows the darkness of sin and death.
This week, I have attempted a fairly extensive study of Jesus’s activities each day of Holy Week, and here are 3 messages of hope I have taken away from God’s Word about this time….”
THE POWER OF *YET* AND *ALREADY*…
“Everyone feels unlucky sometimes. And for the past two years, the entire world has felt the sting of less than favorable winds.
We might want to chime in with Job when he said, “Why does the Almighty not set times for judgment? Why must those who know him look in vain for such days?”
The answer to that question, friends, lies in the power of two words: “yet” and “already…”
WHEN HE’S HARD TO FIND…
“Sometimes trusting God is easy.
In so many infinite and indescribable ways, he can show up when we least expect it and utterly transform our lives…
But there are other times when it’s much harder to trust him, or even find him.
Times when the trials and threats of the world sideline not only our circumstances but our sense of inner security and peace.
Times when we wonder what we are going to do, how much we will stand to lose, and why God seems so far away throughout it all…”
WHEN IT LOOKS LIKE THE SAME WILDERNESS…
“We’ve all seen the memes by now: 2020 was a trilogy.
And after a difficult duo, it’s hard to have much hope for another pandemic year.
At this stage, the only truly positive outcome would involve a magical way out. But, rapture beliefs aside, magic is one of the last things anyone is counting on this year.
Yet those in the family of Christ believe in a power much stronger than magic, and that is where our true hope for 2022 lies…”
WHEN THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH…
“It’s the Christmas season again. Time for tinsel and tales of Tiny Tim. Family and festivities. Giving.
But as much as we’d like to be as generous as we’re expected, sometimes it can all feel overwhelming, excessive, and a bit frustrating.
So how can we remember the true reason for this season when the world pulls our focus onto everything else?
Things that too often sap our spirits and shrink our hearts a few sizes too small.
But the reason that the world is so good at draining us, the reason it is never enough, is what Christmas is all about…”
WITH NO FOOD IN SIGHT…
“November. A month of cool nights and brisk days. Of athletic and political contests. Gathering and celebrations. The harvest month. The month of Thanksgiving.
But what do we do when our festivities are hampered by hardships, and the joy that feeds our hearts has been drained without a morsel of relief?
How can we learn to give thanks in all circumstances, as Paul urges in 1 Thessalonians, when circumstances are disappointing at best or at worst, too painful to bear?”
WHEN LIFE FALLS AWAY…
“It’s that time of year again. Crisp air and cool breezes. Sweaters and hot chocolate. Trees ablaze with deepening hues.
But what do we do when the warmth of autumn fades and the last leaf falls away, leaving us bare and bereft?”
WHEN YOU CAN’T CATCH A BREAK…
“Even without masks in the mix, the pandemic hasn’t given us many chances to catch our breath.
But through the eye of this very long and seemingly never-ending storm, God is giving us an incredible opportunity to strengthen our spiritual arsenal, and one of the most powerful gifts He is helping us develop is the gift of grace…”
WHEN YOUR FEET ARE DRAGGING…
We’ve been out of step for a while now. Over a year in fact.
A year without gatherings and festivities. A year without opportunities to comfort and celebrate. A year without each other.
And as true re-opening buds with the spring, it’s not easy to imagine what the next steps should be…
WHEN THEY’VE THROWN AWAY THE KEY…
Even without a global pandemic, it can feel like the world is swallowing us up.
And during Holy Week, as Christians begin to cycle through the complicated emotions accompanying history’s most confounding course of events, it’s easy to find ourselves asking, “Why?”