Posts from March 2016

Posts from March 2016

“JUST AS HE SAID”

The angel announced the good news that first Easter morning:  “He is not here. He has risen, just as He said.”  When God speaks, when Christ speaks, things always happen just as He said.   It’s like those first two verses of Genesis 21 when Isaac is finally born to Abraham and Sarah in their old age after years of waiting.  The text says matter-of-factly:  “Now the Lord…

PEACE, JOY, HOPE!

Long ago two partners in crime sat in the bushes.  They had a different look in their eyes that day.  Nervously, their trembling fingers sewed fig leaves together to cover their bodies.  Now they were filled with shame – something they had never felt before.  They had no peace, no joy, no hope.  It was a case of paradise lost.   Every son of Adam and daughter of Eve since…

WHEN THE CROWDS GO HOME

In the spring of 1521 Dr. Martin Luther was summoned to appear before emperor Charles V on charges of disrupting the church with his teachings. On April 7th he preached what he thought might be his farewell sermon in the church of his old monastery at Wittenberg.  The crowds spilled over into the courtyard.  The students in his lecture room swelled to 400. It took Luther…

“UNLESS I WASH YOU…”

Remember that scene in the Upper Room?  Without saying a word, Jesus gets up, lays aside His outer garment, wraps a towel around His waist, pours water into a basin, kneels down and starts to wash the dirty feet of His disciples. It was servant’s work, the customary washing of dusty feet done in those days by the host or by one of his servants. There is a thick and heavy…

A GOSPEL FOR SISSIES?

If you are a faithful Bible reader, then you know that many portions of God’s Book sound a militant tone.  The apostle Paul tells us to put on the full armor of God, to take up the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.   This is neither popular nor politically correct in many sissified churches these days.  The fierce doctrinal battles of years gone by, the…
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