10 Apr 2014

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent: Day 37

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent:  Day 37

Scripture:  Acts 2:22-36 Many Christians do not grasp the significance of the death of JESUS and for that reason they cannot celebrate Easter in a big way.  One cannot fully celebrate the resurrection of JESUS without first embracing the darkness, pain, suffering, and bloody mess of Good Friday.  One will not embrace the severity of […]

9 Apr 2014

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent: Day 36

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent:  Day 36

Scripture:  Galatians 4:3-7 This morning I read an article called, “Moralism is not the Gospel (But Many Christians Think it Is),” by Dr. Al Mohler (President of my seminary, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary ’76).  Here are some thoughts I have from this article. One of the most dangerous false gospels is moralism or what […]

8 Apr 2014

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent: Day 35

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent:  Day 35

Scripture – Hebrews 10:1-18 As believers it is important that we not become distracted by the world around us that we miss the presence of GOD.  One of the most important books I’ve read is, “Practicing the Presence of GOD,” by Brother Lawrence.  The basic premise of the book speaks of the possibility of being […]

7 Apr 2014

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent: Day 34

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent:  Day 34

Scripture – Mark 10:42-45 JESUS statement at the end of the scripture is amazing to me:  “Even the SON of MAN did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many (v. 45).”  We often talk about serving JESUS but JESUS says He did not come for […]

6 Apr 2014

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent: Day 33

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent:  Day 33

Scripture – Galatians 6:11-18 In v. 11 we see Paul wants his readers to understand the significance of what he is about to say (He’s typing in CAPS & BOLD print!).  Then in v. 12 Paul speaks boldly and with uncalculated risk.  Even in his day a segment of believers were striving to make a […]

5 Apr 2014

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent: Day 32

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent:  Day 32

Scripture:  Galatians 1:3-5 Wesley Hill has written a good book called, “Washed and Waiting.”  “Washed” is a reference to 1 Corinthians 6:11:  “You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified, in the name of the LORD JESUS CHRIST and by the Spirit of our GOD.  “Waiting” is a reference to Romans 8:23, 25:  “We […]

4 Apr 2014

Celebrate Easter Big – Lent:  Day 31

Celebrate Easter Big – Lent:  Day 31

      Scripture:  Romans 8:1-4: Paul begins chapter 8 with the word “Therefore” because in chapter 7 he was crying out, “Wretched man that I am!  Who will set me free from the body of this death?”  Then he answers himself in verse 25:  “Thanks be to GOD through JESUS CHRIST our LORD! So here […]

3 Apr 2014

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent: Day 30

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent:  Day 30

Scripture: John 1:19-34                           In this passage we see John the Baptist appearing as, “the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the LORD (Isaiah 40:3-5).’”  John is declaring, “The One I am speaking of comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie […]

2 Apr 2014

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent: Day 29

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent:  Day 29

Scripture:  Romans 5:12-21 Today we will continue looking at Paul’s teaching on justification (just-as-if-I-have-never-sinned).  Paul is contrasting our death “in Adam” with our life “in CHRIST.”  Adam’s sin (Original Sin) brought separation from GOD and death to all the descendants of Adam, which is all of us.  JESUS death, burial, and resurrection purchased our redemption […]

1 Apr 2014

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent: Day 28

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent:  Day 28

Scripture:  Romans 5:1-11 In our corporate worship service this past Sunday at Restoration Church, Nashville, TN, one of our children read through Romans 5.  Oh the sweetness and innocence of the Father’s little children.  The scripture read by this dear little daughter of Our Heavenly Father pierced the very fiber of my being.  Then, this […]