By His Wounds We Are Healed

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5 NIV) Jesus experienced the most excruciating pain possible because of us, yet “by His wounds we are healed.” How can we be the causeContinue reading “By His Wounds We Are Healed”

I Was Dead But Now I Live

I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. (Revelation 1:8 NIV) Exiled on an island for his faith in Jesus, the beloved disciple sees the risen Christ. Falling at His feet “as though dead,” John isContinue reading “I Was Dead But Now I Live”

Signs of Life

For as the earth bursts with spring wildflowers, and as a garden cascades with blossoms, so the Master, God, brings righteousness into full bloom and puts praise on display before the nations. (Isaiah 61:11 MSG) After a long, dark and cold Winter, most – if not all – of us are looking forward to Spring,Continue reading “Signs of Life”

You are not Forsaken

 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). (Matthew 27:46 NIV) For those of us who have uttered similar words, it’s good to know that we’re not alone. Jesus, the Son of God, asked “Why?” when He felt forsaken by GodContinue reading “You are not Forsaken”

Resurrecting Hope

They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.” (Luke 7:16 NIV) As Jesus approached the town of Nain, He witnessed a funeral procession. A widow’s only son was being carried out. “When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to herContinue reading “Resurrecting Hope”

I Will Rise

Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light. (Micah 7:8 NIV) There’s a famous quote that I’ve come to love and appreciate. It says, “Life is not about how many times you fall down. It’s about how many timesContinue reading “I Will Rise”

From Weeping to Rejoicing

Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning…You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever. (Psalm 30:5, 11-12 NIV) Sackloth: the clothes ofContinue reading “From Weeping to Rejoicing”

From Setback to Comeback

For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God. (2 Corinthians 13:4 ESV) Even the mighty Son of God experienced weakness while here on earth. Hanging on the cross, Jesus was too helpless to fight back shame…insult…suffering…death… Everyone watching couldn’t help but note how the One who saved others, couldn’t save HimselfContinue reading “From Setback to Comeback”

A Friend for Life

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13 NIV) We often expect our friends to stick by us, especially when times are tough. However, it’s during our most difficult moments that we discover who our true friends are. Jesus certainly did. When the time came forContinue reading “A Friend for Life”