Easter: The Big Deal
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The magnificent pyramids of Egypt were actually constructed as burial vaults for the pharaohs: the bodies of Djoser, Khufu, and Khafra, carefully mummified and wrapped, were interred there. The burial chambers today, however, are empty. Jesus Christ was executed like the worst criminal, but he was buried like a prince in a newly hewn rock mausoleum. His vault is empty also, but for a completely different reason. Grave robbers looted the tombs of the pharaohs. Jesus walked out of his... Read More
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Do you ever worry about your legacy? Will your children find stable careers? Will your children want to work in the family business? Can they take over for you? More important—will our present generation finally exhaust God’s patience? Is he getting close to giving up on the human race? Will there be a future generation of Christians to keep the faith? Will the fire go out? What a great time to listen again to the prophets. When the present looks... Read More
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You know all about the grudging way we mortals “forgive” one another. “Well, I’ll forgive but I can’t forget.” Since we can’t forget, ugly memories keep coming back and drain off our willingness to forgive. Ready for yet another gospel surprise? Here is an amazing prophecy and promise from Jeremiah, a humble minister of God who had to watch the Babylonian captivity take place before his own eyes. Here is God speaking to sinful Israel (and speaking also to you):... Read More
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Everything that you have ever learned about proper justice is that those in authority should punish the guilty and release the innocent. We hate hearing stories about people wrongly imprisoned, and we hate it even more when an obviously guilty criminal gets to walk. And yet that’s exactly what God did to rescue you. Nobody would ever have guessed this marvelous secret if God hadn’t revealed it, because it seems to make no sense. But it’s the truth, and it’s... Read More
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YOU’VE BEEN RESCUED When the Titanic went down, only 706 of its 2,223 passengers and crew were saved. Terrible safety procedures and an inadequate number of lifeboats doomed the rest. The ship’s builders were so confident of its invincibility that total lifeboat capacity was only 1,178! Ready for some good news? The rescue planned by the Father, carried out by the Son, and empowered by the Spirit has capacity for every last human being on the planet—past, present, and future.... Read More
Palm Sunday
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No country does the pageantry of royalty better than Britain. Elizabeth II has reigned so long that only the elderly can remember the last coronation in 1953, but soon the world will see another. The new monarch will arrive in regal procession, following the Lord’s High Steward with St. Edward’s solid gold crown, and later be invested with the Golden Spurs (dating from a.d. 1189), the royal glove, golden orb, and golden scepter. How different was Jesus’ royal ride around... Read More
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When the Titanic struck the iceberg, it didn’t sink right away. At first, people kept eating and drinking and dancing on the doomed vessel. Many slept right through the collision. Most could not believe the first reports of the coming disaster. “We were told this ship is unsinkable!” The Lord warns us of the terrible destruction of judgment day, not because he despises us but because the universe is condemned, just like a sagging and rotting house. He is even... Read More
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We all saw what Hurricane Katrina did to the Gulf coast. How suddenly those howling winds could rip the roof right off your house! Even worse, when the levees were breached, how rapidly that rising water could suddenly turn your beautiful home into mildewed and moldy trash. Your possessions could be buried under inches of mud or simply float away. How important it is not to fall in love with our stuff! A catastrophe is coming that will make Katrina... Read More
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Did you believe in Santa Claus when you were a kid? I imagine most people did. Santa stories can be imaginative fun for little children. That is, unless people actually start to believe the “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” malarkey. It’s bad enough if children believe that their gifts really came from a fat guy in a red suit. What is far worse is if this seemingly omnipotent and all-seeing North Pole-dweller becomes people’s pattern for how God operates.... Read More
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On family pictures from my childhood you can count five children. But my mother frequently suspected that there was a sixth. His name was Not Me. Not Me was the child who smeared up the bathroom mirror, left toys all over the floor, and melted a plastic soldier on the stove. Not Me dropped chewing gum in the rug and broke the basement window. The very first response of men and women who sin against God is denial. Not me!... Read More