31 Mar 2014

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent: Day 27

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent:  Day 27

Scripture:  Isaiah 53: This is such an incredible prophetic picture of JESUS crucified and raised from the dead hundreds of years before it happened.  He is “pierced” and “crushed” representing His crucifixion, making Himself an offering for sin.  “Prolonging His days” is a reference to His resurrection to eternal life after death.  “My Servant, will […]

30 Mar 2014

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent: Day 26

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent:  Day 26

Scripture:  Mark 8:31-38: This morning a few minutes before our worship service I noticed two of our preschool children running around and each were pulling behind them long chains. They were not big heavy chains but they were chains nonetheless.  I immediately thought of how so many of us are pulling behind us or we […]

29 Mar 2014

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent: Day 25

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent:  Day 25

Scripture:  John 12:20-26 In this passage we see what is required to be an authentic follower of JESUS.  It may be very different from what many Christians think.  Often we have watered down the GOSPEL OF JESUS in our efforts to grow churches and to pack the pews.  We have minimized the GOSPEL OF JESUS […]

28 Mar 2014

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent: Day 24

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent: Day 24

Scripture:  1 Corinthians 6:6-11 The scripture today declare so clearly another reason why we are called to celebrate Easter in a big way.  These versus have become much quoted scriptures because of the good news they carry. Paul is describing that as long as a person is “unrighteous” he cannot enter into the kingdom of […]

27 Mar 2014

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent: Day 23

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent: Day 23

Scripture:  Matthew 16:13-19 These Lenten devotionals are to encourage us to prepare ourselves for the most exciting celebration of the greatest event the world has ever seen . . . the resurrection of JESUS CHRIST.  It isn’t merely about a man who was killed coming back to life.  It’s about the culmination of GOD’s redemptive […]

26 Mar 2014

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent: Day 22

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent:  Day 22

Scripture:  Hebrews 2:9 Why would we “celebrate Easter big?”  Because the ticket for heaven which JESUS obtained for us by His blood is the wiping out of all our sins, covering them, bearing them in His own body, so that they can NEVER bring us to ruin—can NEVER be brought up against me again—NEVER!  That’s […]

25 Mar 2014

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent: Day 21

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent: Day 21

Scripture:  Luke 15:11-32: One of my favorite pieces of art is The Return of the Prodigal Son as depicted by Rembrandt.  I have a large framed print of it in my living room and have spent hours of worship as I have gazed upon it.                                          It reminds me of how the Father through His […]

24 Mar 2014

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent: Day 20

Celebrate Easter Big — Lent: Day 20

Scripture:  John 12:20-36 We are now in the third week of the Lenten season.  Are you beginning to see it?  Are you beginning to sense what is coming? In verse 31 we read that the coming death of JESUS will become the decisive dividing line between the condemned and the vindicated.  If you trust JESUS, […]

22 Mar 2014

Celebrating Easter Big — Lent: Day 18

Celebrating Easter Big — Lent:  Day 18

Scripture:  Luke 15: We read in verse 2 that Jesus “receives sinners and eats with them.”   Luke uses this word “receive” six other times in his writings and every time it means “eagerly await or expect and look for.”  Jesus is not just receiving sinners; he is looking for them and eagerly awaiting their coming. […]

21 Mar 2014

Celebrating Easter Big — Lent: Day 17

Celebrating Easter Big — Lent:  Day 17

Scripture:  Matthew 21: 33-43, 45-46 Years ago Charles Colson was in India.  The crowds he spoke to wanted to hear the testimony of this Watergate criminal turned prison evangelist.  Here’s the way he described his experience: I had many opportunities to tell what Christ has done in my life.  The thousands of faces in those […]