Why Is the Resurrection So Important?

“Jesus told her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in Me will live, even after dying.’” (John 11:25 NLT) The resurrection of Jesus is God’s stamp of approval, not only on Jesus’ life on earth, but on the sacrifice of His life to pay sin’s penalty. Every person who would oneContinue reading “Why Is the Resurrection So Important?”

Getting Your Life Back

“If you try to hang on to your life, your will lose it. But if you give up your life for My sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” (Matthew 16:25-26 NLT) One dayContinue reading “Getting Your Life Back”

Our Indispensable Anchor

“This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.” (Hebrews 6:19 NLT) Hope, like love, is an often misunderstood and underused privilege that is given those of us who know and love Jesus. Hoping for a good score on an exam or thatContinue reading “Our Indispensable Anchor”

Is “Free Will” Really Free?

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let Me.” (Luke 13:34 NLT) While the terms “free will” do not appear in the King James Version of theContinue reading “Is “Free Will” Really Free?”

Do Lost People Really Care God Loves Them?

“For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NLT) “Lost” for purposes of this post means to not know Jesus; to not be born again of the Spirit; to not have repentedContinue reading “Do Lost People Really Care God Loves Them?”

What’s So Special About Jesus’ Resurrection?

“The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, He will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.” (Romans 8:11 NLT) Jesus wasn’t the only person in Scripture to come back from the grave, soContinue reading “What’s So Special About Jesus’ Resurrection?”

Loving One Another Well

“This is My commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.” (John 15:12 NLT) If, in the closing hours of Jesus’ life, He commanded us to love each other, we must conclude it was foremost on His mind. He even told us how to do it: “in the same way IContinue reading “Loving One Another Well”

What Does It Mean to Be Lost?

“…it is not my heavenly Father’s will that even one of these little ones perish.” (Matthew 18:14 NLT) Have you ever been lost? A few weeks ago, my car got “lost.” I met a friend for lunch in a large shopping area to which I’d never been. I turned into the first parking garage IContinue reading “What Does It Mean to Be Lost?”

Am I Really Going to a Better Place When I Die?

“And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment.”         (Hebrews 9:27 NLT) If I was the proverbial “man on the street” with a microphone, and I asked you: “What do you think happens after you die? Do you think you’ll go to a better place or a worseContinue reading “Am I Really Going to a Better Place When I Die?”