A Bad Day Becomes a Good Day

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

The day we call Good Friday was not a good day for Jesus. Just one week earlier, He had made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem as the crowds cheered, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes (more…)

Cheap Imitations

And Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh and before his servants, and it became a serpent. But Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers; so the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.—Exodus 7:10b-11

When God told Moses to tell Pharaoh to let His people go worship Him, He told them to perform signs (more…)

I’ll Die Upon That Hill

He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.—Colossians 1:13-14

So many people in our splintering society have dug their heels deep into social issues—for instance, sexual orientation and identification, injustice and inequality—and have proclaimed, “I’ll die upon (more…)

Left Behind by Suicide

Weep with those who weep.—Romans 12:15b

Over the past few weeks, several of my friends and loved ones have lost someone to suicide. Then yesterday I heard the news of designer Kate Spade‘s suicide. Every time I hear about someone losing a friend or loved one to suicide, my heart aches for them. That kind of loss brings a grief all its (more…)

Your Story Isn’t Over

Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about 7 miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus Himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing Him.

 He asked them, “What are you (more…)