Don’t be a Sadducee

The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. (Acts 4:1-2 NIV) The Sadducees were a Jewish sect at the time of JesusContinue reading “Don’t be a Sadducee”

“He is Not Here – for He is Risen”

But the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!” (Luke 24:5-6 NIV) If there’s anything that captures my attention at a cemetery it’s the inscription on people’s headstones. Those few words that best sum up someone’s life. And let me tell you,Continue reading ““He is Not Here – for He is Risen””

Hope for the Grieving Heart

Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. (1Continue reading “Hope for the Grieving Heart”

The Hope of the Resurrection

For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are ofContinue reading “The Hope of the Resurrection”

The 40-Day Journey

Whether it’s 40 days or 40 years, we can all agree that it’s a long time, and a lot can happen during that time. The Israelites spent 40 years in the wilderness and Jesus fasted for 40 days in the desert, both places of desolation and isolation where they were tested to the extreme. ButContinue reading “The 40-Day Journey”

The Hope of Heaven

No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. (John 3:13 NIV) Heaven. It seems to be a topic reserved mostly for funerals. Those who grieve are told to rejoice because their believing loved one is in Heaven. While that is good news, why is it that weContinue reading “The Hope of Heaven”

Love is What You Do

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.  (1 John 3:18 NIV) The well-known phrase, “Actions speak louder than words,” is exactly what the apostle John is saying in today’s verse. We love others not just by what we say, but what we do. Even little childrenContinue reading “Love is What You Do”

Love Your Neighbour as Yourself

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31 NIV) God wants you to love yourself the way He loves you. ThisContinue reading “Love Your Neighbour as Yourself”

I Me Wed

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as YOURSELF.’” (Matthew 22:37-39 NIV, emphasis added) In the Canadian romantic comedy, “I Me Wed,” a successful andContinue reading “I Me Wed”