Finish Strong

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning itsContinue reading “Finish Strong”

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”

Post-Resurrection Promises

“And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will getContinue reading “Post-Resurrection Promises”

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”