Resurrection

Jesus is Better than Your Bucket List

Before I die, I want to ______________. (Fill in the Blank) It is common to hear such expressions among Christians. We state, without much thought, that we hope that we get to do something or see something before we die. We call it our “bucket list,” which refers to the things that we want to do before we “kick the bucket.” The implication is that death will steal from us opportunities that we do not want to miss out on in this life. I understand this to a point, but I contend that…

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The Terror-Destroying Power of Easter

At roughly 6:30pm in the city of Lahore in Pakistan, a suicide bomb devastated a weekend Easter gathering of Christians. From the outside, it would appear that a Taliban splinter sect successfully carried out a terrorist attack against fellow Christians. Yet, without minimizing the heinousness of these terrorist actions or the definite fact that Christ himself will hold them accountable, the Taliban has unknowingly drawn international attention to the very hope they wished to destroy. There is an irony about…

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Brothers, it’s the Monday before Easter Sunday…

Passage for Reflection Hebrews 9:11-22 11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling…

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Even So, Come LORD Jesus!

Today marks one year since my nephew Hayden passed away. He was fifteen years old. During worship this morning, I thought of him often, especially during the offering in music when two young adults played “How Great Is Our God” on the piano and violin. I was moved and provoked in the best of ways. I could not help but think about how the splendor of which I was thinking was at that very moment being beheld by my nephew,…

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