Resurrection

Resurrection

Paul addresses the church in Corinth about the resurrection of the dead in the times to come. The controversy is whether or not there will be a resurrection at the day of the LORD. Paul speaks of the resurrection of Jesus as the undeniable truth of a resurrection to come. After all, Paul argues, if Jesus did not rise from the dead, then our faith is futile and we are still in sin.

Today, we still have that same choice to make - do we believe that not only is Jesus the son of God and that he paid the penalty for our sins but that he also raised from the dead. Make your choice -- death or Jesus.

A Tale of Two Criminals

Crucifixion - a pretty dismal and gory event in and of itself but when it is the Son of God and everyone is mocking Him, somehow it seems even worse. Now put Jesus to death hanging on a cross between two criminals that join in the mocking and somehow it seems worse. But from all of this comes an amazing, eloquently simple gospel message. We know the beginning of the story in Eden and now we see the supposed end at the cross. What is really happening is a story of repentance, grace, and redemption. Simple, right? Listen once, twice, often. Be blessed. 

Suffering and Endurance

As Christians, we know that we will face obstacles, as well as pain and suffering for our beliefs. In today's western culture, it can be difficult to bear the suffering as our first reaction and instinct may be to cut our losses and run. After all, no one wants to be ostracized by family, friends, and coworkers. We follow Jesus and because we do, shouldn't life be pretty easy for us? Let's listen in and see what a solid, biblical response to suffering looks like. 

Expect to be Surpised

We are still examining the Resurrection and its after effects on the follower of Jesus. This week using John 21 as the backdrop, we look at how many of the disciples appear to be lost without their teacher. We find several of them back in the region of Galilee with Peter and he announces he is going to go fishing - his old trade; they go with him. The fish all night but catch nothing. However as the sun rises, things take a turn. Deep, challenging, life-changing events take place as one of the fishermen turned disciple turned fisherman recognizes Jesus on the shore building a fire. Let's explore the lessons being offered here by the Holy Spirit. 

After the Resurrection

Over the past few weeks, we examined the last week of Jesus' life, His crucifixion, and His resurrection. Sorrow, more sorrow, intense agony, and then uncontrollable, unspeakable joy! What can surpass the resurrection of Jesus? Well, we know something has to because He is not walking around in the flesh today and that something is the Ascension of Jesus to claim His throne at the right hand of God.

Jesus during His ministry referred to His leaving several times, however, his disciples never really understood. In spite of Jesus telling them that He came to fulfill the prophets, the disciples didn't get it. They didn't understand the He had to die and they didn't understand that He would rise on the third day until they saw it. Now, can you imagine the looks of Jesus' disciples as they witnessed "...and with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him." (Daniel 7:13 ESV)

This week we begin looking at just what the Ascension meant to the early church and to us, the present church. Sit, listen, be blessed. 

Unending Passion of Jesus

In a Resurrection Sunday message we look at what many consider to be the end of Jesus' suffering. But is it really? Jesus, as a son of man, suffered physically before His death. Did this put an end to His suffering, His passion, His love for His people?  

That passion continues today and is seen in the Bride of Christ, the Church living by the Spirit of God in the footsteps of selfless sacrifice for the glory of God!

As a man, Jesus died. He resurrected as the King of Heaven to take His rightful place at the right hand of His Father. He also resurrected as the bridegroom of His people, His church universal. As a man, we know Jesus experienced the full range of human emotions. Did His resurrection put an end to His ability to experience those emotions? 

Before looking at how Jesus longs for His bride and what He did to wed her, we also take a look at what the grief, guilt, and shame Peter may have experienced while Jesus lay in the tomb not knowing that his friend, teacher, and Messiah would soon return. 

Passion of Jesus Part 4

With Psalm 22 as the scriptural basis for this Good Friday message, we look at not only the prophecy of Jesus' death but also our role in His death. The ultimate sacrifice that God made; why God was not silent during the final events of Jesus' life. This Good Friday message is a powerful message that will give you a lot to think about and meditate on. 

Passion of Jesus Part 2

This week we continue to look at the final days of Jesus' life as a human being. After He celebrated the Passover meal with his disciples, Jesus was betrayed and handed over to the Pharisees. Jesus was fully aware that this was going to happen after all Jesus is God and was present in the beginning when God planned all of this. We examine the events starting with Genesis. Listen and be blessed. 

Passion of Jesus Part 1

As we approach Resurrection Sunday we begin a series of lessons to examine why the Resurrection of Jesus should be of central importance to our lives as Christians.

This week we begin the journey with Jesus' arrival to Jerusalem in the week culminating in the celebration of Passover (and, of course, His own crucifixion). It is not simply Jesus riding on a donkey; there is the history of a nation and mankind to consider -- from the fall in the garden to weeping over Jerusalem and a lot in between. 

Pray, listen, and be blessed. 

Jeremiah's Prayer

Using the LORD's calling of Jeremiah to be a prophet (Jeremiah 1) for background, we look at Jeremiah's prayer in Jeremiah 20:7-18. The honesty and emotion that Jeremiah displayed to his creator, the Lord God, is amazing. Jeremiah at this point in his ministry was really unhappy with God feeling that he had been deceived by God. Indeed the word used in Jeremiah 20:7 is the same used in Exodus 22:16 and Deuteronomy 11:16. Pretty strong. But Jeremiah did not lie to God in how he felt in his prayer. Can we say the same? Give a listen.