Luke 24:10-12 Seeking Hope This Easter

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“Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.” (Luke 24:10-12 ESV)

What does it look like when you’re called to follow God, but life is still hard? This may be the theme of your day, your week, your month, or even your year. Life is painful and life is trying; however, when we understand the hope of the cross, we see that there is more to life than the things we’re feeling now.

In the days leading up to Easter, the disciples may have been unsure of what was coming, but they were sure of who they were following. They knew that [Read more…]

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1 Peter 4:12-13 – A Windswept Heart

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Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. (1 Peter 4:12-13 ESV)

I remember there was a severe winter weather warning in Bismarck, ND. They were planning to measure the snow in feet instead of inches. This didn’t bother me too much as I am a Florida boy who enjoyed using his new snow blower . The days came and went, but they went without the predicted large amounts of snow. However, there was wind, and lots of it! For two days straight we experienced 30-40 mph gusts. If you’ve ever experienced this kind of harsh weather, you’ll understand me when I tell you that this created hard-packed snow drifts. These drifts were so dense and icy that no tool could remove them other than a shovel and hard, hard work. My fancy blower sat useless as I labored with a shovel to break it up big chunks of snow by hand, and throw them to the side.

This memory calls to mind what can happen in our lives as we face trials. In our struggles [Read more…]

Philippians 3:18 – Thoughts On The Cross This Easter

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For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. (Philippians 3:18 ESV)

It’s likely that if you asked the average person on the street what they think of Jesus, the majority of responses would be positive. Many would say that he was a good teacher that taught good moral lessons. But, mention the cross of Christ, and all that it entails, and you will likely receive a different response. Paul told the church in Philippi that there are people who are enemies of the cross of Christ. They may like Jesus and what they perceive to be His teachings, yet they don’t like what comes with the cross. As we read through the Bible we learn much about the cross of Christ.

1. Paul wrote that it is foolishness to those that are perishing (1 Corinthians 1:18). People who don’t understand Jesus find it hard to understand the cross. [Read more…]