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Apr 14, 2017

Atonement (2)

By |Apr 14, 2017|Atonement, Christ, Cross, Devotionals, Father, Holy Week, Incarnation, Intercession, Mercy, Resurrection, Salvation|0 Comments

Atonement means at-one-ment.  Atonement restricted only to the cross always leads us astray with inadequate plans of salvation.  The atonement starts in the incarnation and includes the life He lived, the death He died, the burial He underwent, the resurrection He experienced, the ascension back to the Father, His enthronement in heaven at the right

Apr 13, 2017

Atonement (1)

By |Apr 13, 2017|Atonement, Christ, Devotionals, Father, Holy Week, Reconciliation, Righteousness|0 Comments

The word atonement in English is literally “at-one-ment”.  Theories that make the atonement a mere legal transaction because of the cross miss its fuller and richer meanings.  The idea is that God and man are reconciled.  When we are at-one with Jesus, being baptized into Him, in solidarity with Him, we are at-one with the

Apr 12, 2017

The Unattractive Christ

By |Apr 12, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Holy Week, Love, Worship|0 Comments

“When we shall see Him there is no beauty that we should desire Him” (Isa 53:2).  We want an air brushed, photo-shopped Jesus, the one who will sweep us away with His charisma.  He did not come to serve the gods of beauty or the cult of personality.  He is not a super hero.  He

Apr 11, 2017

Prized Positions

By |Apr 11, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Holy Week, Humility, Kingdom of God, Pride|0 Comments

James and John wanted to sit at His right hand and left hand when Jesus came into His kingdom.  The kingdom victory was won on the cross, and the two selected for those chief seats were sinners.  That sure tells you a lot about Jesus and His kingdom.  We prize hierarchy if we are at

Apr 10, 2017

Suffering And Glory

By |Apr 10, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Holy Week, Love, Suffering, Trials|0 Comments

Christ’s suffering ended in glory (Heb 2:9-10, I Peter 1:11), and so will ours.  Nothing, including our sufferings, can separate us from God’s love (Rom 8:38-39).  We are commanded to rejoice in persecution (Matt 5:12).  We are to rejoice in suffering because of its outcome (Rom 5:3).  We are to endure suffering as a good

Apr 9, 2017

Using The Church

By |Apr 9, 2017|Christ, Church, Devotionals, Holy Week, Prayer, Worship|0 Comments

“He would not permit anyone to carry merchandise through the temple” Mark 11:16 (NASB).  Some use the church to get somewhere else.  They use it for personal or economic advantage.  Some merchants even used the temple courts as a shortcut to get to some other place in the city.  Jesus saw this as a threat

Mar 26, 2016

The Resurrection Answer

By |Mar 26, 2016|Christ, Death, Devotionals, Holy Week, Hope, Life, New Creation, Resurrection, Resurrection Day|0 Comments

The Resurrection of Jesus answered the Psalmist when he asked, “Will the departed spirits rise and praise You?”  Jesus provided a living example of Resurrection when His Father raised Him from the dead.  Jesus is our true hope over death.  His resurrected-new-creation body foreshadows the body we will have.  In our Messiah, death does not

Mar 25, 2016

Holy Saturday Remorse

By |Mar 25, 2016|Christ, Cross, Crucifixion, Death, Holy Saturday, Holy Week, Prayer, Redemption, Temptations|0 Comments

O Suffering Servant, we could not watch with You for one hour.  We left You alone in Your pain.  We slept while You prayed.  Your soul was in deep anguish.  We needed our rest.  Forgive us!  We had not yet discovered suffering love.  We forgot we were partners with You in this mission of hurting

Mar 23, 2016

Tasting Death for All

By |Mar 23, 2016|Christ, Cross, Crucifixion, Death, Devotionals, Grace, Holy Week, Humility, Incarnation, Lent, Life, Obedience|0 Comments

On the cross, Jesus suffered death for everyone.  When the Word was made flesh, it was destined to die.  This is one of the places incarnation was headed.  “He humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross” (Php 2:8).  Jesus “tasted death for everyone” as a gift of God’s marvelous grace. 

Mar 22, 2016

Jesus’ Treatment of Judas

By |Mar 22, 2016|Choices, Christ, Devotionals, Holy Week, Kindness, Lent|0 Comments

If you have a Judas, treat him as Jesus did.  Wash his feet.  Give him the sop at the meal, something reserved for the honored guest.  Treat him kindly.  Make sure that you have love for the person.  Love him until the end.  Know your love can be rejected.  Know that even demonic powers can