Love Your Neighbor As Yourself-Simple Truth

Rule Number 1: Don’t test Jesus.  You’ll look like a dope, get an answer you don’t want, and it’ll be something you can’t achieve apart from Him.  Expert is … as expert does … as one expert finds out when he decides to test Jesus. Luke 10:25 On one occasion an expert in the law […]

April 14, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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He is Risen (Easter Hope 2018)

On this Easter 2018, let’s acknowledge this Simple Truth of Scripture:  Jesus is Risen.  Luke 24:1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they […]

April 1, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die to Conquer Death? (Lent 40-2018)

It’s Holy Saturday and Jesus is dead and buried.  Have you ever wondered why Jesus had to die to conquer death?  After all, He’s God and nothing is impossible for Him. I don’t really have an answer, nor do I feel like many words will do it justice.  I have to simply trust that God–all […]

March 31, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Why is That Whole Thing So Gorey? (Lent 39-2018)

Good Friday is hard to explain.  To those outside the family of faith, it just doesn’t compute that a God of love would have His Son die at the hands of those He was dying to save.  Add on top of that the sheer bloody nature of the whole Crucifixion event and frankly, it’s easy […]

March 30, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Why Did Jesus Celebrate the Passover for Remembrance? (Lent 38-2018)

Things we don’t make a point to remember … become things we easily forget.  They move to the back recesses of our mind, have little influence on our lives, little power to inform our daily decisions, and little impact upon our behavior.  Jesus didn’t want His ministry to be relegated to the dust heap of […]

March 29, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Why Did Judas Betray Jesus? (Lent 37-2018)

Passion Week takes a sad turn.  The excitement of the Triumphal Entry is in the rear-view mirror.  The crowds have gone back to their daily grind.  “Why is it still the same-old-same-old when we’ve got the Messiah?”, might have been the question uttered at the well, on the streets and in the fields.  Why are […]

March 28, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Why Did They Turn on Him? (Lent 36-2018)

Most of us are unprepared to be betrayed.  We probably all feel it at some point in our lives.  People we trust go behind our backs.  People we think are friends turn out to be enemies.  People we love who do the worst of the worst to us.  As we continue our series Pi and […]

March 27, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Why Were They Celebrating? (Lent 35-2018)

We all know that feeling of elation when it seems like our dreams are coming true.  For some of us, it will be a simple rain shower on a parched land.  Or like Pi in our devotional series Pi and Chi, Asking and Answering Questions Why launched from the movie Life of Pi.  He was […]

March 26, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Palm Sunday (2018)

Mark 11:1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it […]

March 25, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Why Are You So Afraid? (Lent 34-2018)

Alone and afraid.  Alone, yes, but you still have your thoughts—your fears and regrets—to keep you company.  Alone and facing the predator within.  The predator whose constant presence threatens to steal your joy and your peace.  Pi knew what it meant to be afraid, alone out on the ocean with a Bengal tiger to remind […]

March 24, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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