By the Way of the Cross

By the Way of the Cross

Isaiah 53: 4-5,12  “Surely He took up our pain and bore our suffering…But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities…He poured out His life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors” My name you do not know.  Throughout history, I have only been known as the thief on the cross.  My name is not important.  My story is.  My life began about 2000 years ago.  I was born into a respectable Jewish family.  We attended the synagogue and celebrated all the …

Barabbas

Barabbas

Read Matthew 27: 11-23 Barabbas was filled with hatred.  He hated the Romans with a passion.  They had conquered Israel and were ruling over them with an iron fist.  He was a zealot and had joined this group of like-minded men for the sole purpose of violence and insurrection against the government.  He had killed many Romans and would kill more if he had the chance. At this moment, Barabbas stood on one side of Governor Pilate next to his judgment seat overlooking a large crowd in judgment hall.  He was not alone on the platform.  On the other side …

The Blood Sacrifice

The Blood Sacrifice

John 1: 29  “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” The Old Testament gives vivid, detailed instructions about the offering of a sacrifice in atonement for sin.  Since Jesus was the sacrifice for your sins and mine, we do not offer blood sacrifices on this side of the cross.  And because our culture is so different from God’s people in the Old Testament, we often do not fully understand the significance of its meaning. Because sin had entered the world through Adam and Eve, man could no longer come into the presences of Holy …

The Love of Jesus

The Love of Jesus

 John 3: 16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God’s *“hesed” sent Jesus to the cross so we might have eternal life. John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” God’s *“hesed” brought us Jesus-God in the flesh. Jesus (the Word) was with the Father and the …

God’s Hesed

God’s Hesed

I read a book several years ago  A Sacred Sorrow by Michael Card.  As a result, I learned a new word.  That word was “hesed”.  This Hebrew word describes the indescribable undefinable characteristics of God. It can not be translated into English using just one word. Our English language defines “hesed” as loving-kindness.  But it encompasses so much more.  I suppose it would take a vast number of words to fully describe the true meaning of God’s “hesed” and even then mere words could not completely satisfy the definition.Perhaps the best way to explain “hesed” is to say it is …

Love From God

Love From God

DAY FIVE: ADVENT – Love from God My parents divorced when I was two years old. Of course, I was too little to remember, but what I know is that I was probably the typical toddler, my sister was a preteen, and my brother was dying from cancer. While sandwiched between one daughter’s puberty and another’s terrible twos, Mom dealt with hospitals, doctors, and her son’s awful disease and ultimate death. She worked hard to take care of the four of us. Money had to stretch and put food on the table. Babysitters had to be arranged. I never remember …

Be Thankful in All Things

Be Thankful in All Things

  “Thank you for this day, for my food, for my family… “ Isn’t this the standard “thank you, God” list?  This is the easy list. The things we are grateful for because we understand why we have them and we like that we do. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (I Thessalonians [5:16]-18 NIV) When was the last time you prayed a thank you prayer for your broken leg, your car wreck, your husband’s job loss, or the political chaos? Now this is the ridiculously hard …

The Broken Pot

The Broken Pot

I read this story about 18 years ago, I don’t know who wrote it but it immediately became a big part of my testimony as I could totally relate to it. Once upon a time there were 2 clay pots. These were no ordinary pots for they could talk. One was beautiful and exquisite and the other had several major cracks in it. The beautiful pot would taunt the broken pot every day. It said things like “I don’t know why they keep you around here. You are ugly and broken and can’t even do what a pot is supposed …

Mind Control

Mind Control

  Alice was bored and sleepy when she followed the white rabbit through a portal and traveled to strange places. We all have our rabbit holes, though not in Wonderland. Have you ever sat down to “check Facebook” or watch TV and suddenly hours have passed? Mindless activities can waste our time and influence our mind. It all started because she was bored and sleepy. Be alert! How I believe affects how I think and how I think affects how I believe. I must be intentional about the places my mind wanders. 1 Corinthians [2:16], “But we have the mind …

God’s Divine Plan

God’s Divine Plan

2 Timothy 1:8b-9 (NKJV) “the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began” 1 Peter [1:20] (NKJV) “He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you” Before the foundation of the earth was laid in place and before the heavens were created, God had a plan.  He designed this salvation plan for sinful man even before He created human beings.  …

The Cross-Mercy, Plan, Purpose and Grace

The Cross-Mercy, Plan, Purpose and Grace

Paul was persecuting Christians, and God wanted him to stop. When light flooded from heaven and blinded the Jew, he obeyed, and his sight was restored. At that moment, Paul experienced God’s mercy. The converted Pharisee immediately went to work. He stopped murdering Christians and began proclaiming God’s grace, winning new converts all across the Roman Empire. God’s plan was in full motion. Paul led an adventurous life as a missionary. He understood the need to fulfill his duty at any cost and tried to live in a way that would encourage others to have a relationship with God. He …

At the Cross-Clothed in Grace

At the Cross-Clothed in Grace

  Many years ago, my husband, Larry, and I bought the old family home from his sister. There was just one condition. His elderly grandmother came with the house. It was fine with us. Mrs. Jennie Bennett, in her eighties at the time, had a sweet temperament, and was surprisingly able to maintain it when two adults, three teenagers, and a kitten seized the house. She was gracious when I took over the kitchen. She was even more gracious complimenting the meals I prepared. I couldn’t cook macaroni and cheese like she did, or so my husband said. Once in …