A Sea of Troubles

A Sea of Troubles

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:9–10) Throughout most of Israel’s history, the nation was essentially landlocked; […]

Roofcrashers

“Some men came, bringing to Him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on.” (Mark 2:3–4) I love this story. This […]

Holy Week – Saturday

Holy Week - Saturday

Silent Saturday Saturday was the Sabbath…a quiet day in Jerusalem. Jesus’ dead body lay in the tomb, guarded by Roman soldiers. Because of the quickly approaching Sabbath on Friday, Jesus was removed surreptitiously from the cross and quickly entombed. His body had been ceremonially treated by Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, but not by his […]

Holy Week – Friday

Holy Week - Friday

Jesus’ trial (which began late Thursday night) continued into Friday morning. Before the “third hour” (9 a.m.), the Lord had endured lies and condemnation, mockery, and beatings. He had been abandoned by His disciples (Judas had already hanged himself in remorse). After multiple, unlawful trials, Jesus traveled the Via Dolorosa (“The Way of Suffering”), carrying […]

Holy Week – Thursday

Holy Week - Thursday

Please join us for our Holy Week services: Good Friday, 6 p.m. Easter Sunrise, 6:45 a.m. at the crosses Easter Services, 8:30 a.m. Robson Ranch Campus; 10 a.m. Main Campus (Egg hunt after) Maundy Thursday It is Maundy Thursday of Holy Week. The name comes from Jesus washing the feet of the disciples…but I’m jumping […]

Holy Week – Wednesday

Holy Week - Wednesday

[Note: This week I will be chronicling the events of Holy Week with a short devotion each day.] Please join us for our Holy Week services: Good Friday, 6 p.m. Easter Sunrise, 6:45 a.m. at the crosses Easter Services: 8:30 a.m. Robson Ranch Campus; 10 a.m. Main Campus (Egg hunt after) Holy Wednesday Bethany was […]

Holy Week – Tuesday

Holy Week - Tuesday

Special Announcement: The Sunrise service on Easter begins at 6:45 a.m. Please note the change in time. [Note: This week I will be chronicling the events of Holy Week with a short devotion each day.] It is Tuesday morning, and Jesus returns to Jerusalem with his disciples. As they pass the withered fig tree, Jesus […]

Holy Week – Monday

Holy Week - Monday

[Note: This week I will be chronicling the events of Holy Week with a short devotion each day.] Yesterday launched the holiest week on the church calendar. We call it Holy Week, the last week of Jesus’ mortal life. It began yesterday with Palm Sunday, Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. There were shouts of praise […]

Do You Want to Get Well?

Do You Want to Get Well?

“One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, ‘Do you want to get well?’” (John 5:5–6) Over the past few weeks, we’ve diligently studied the Scriptures together in order to […]

Where is He?

Where is He?

“Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:2) That’s the question the magi asked King Herod following their 900 mile trip from Persia to Bethlehem. Here’s the thing. Every one of us knows that things aren’t […]

Where is the Lamb?

Where is the Lamb?

“Then Isaac spoke to his father Abraham and said, ‘My father.’ And he replied, ‘Here I am, my son.’ Isaac said, ‘The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?’” (Genesis 22:7) That haunting question was asked atop Mount Moriah 4,000 years ago. Little did ten-year-old Isaac know […]

The Forgotten Man of Christmas

The Forgotten Man of Christmas

“When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.” (Matthew 1:24) We’ve spent the last three weeks talking about God conceiving and delivering the miraculous in us, and Mary has been our example. But what about Joseph’s miracle? God worked in a […]