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
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
[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?
“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 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?
“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
“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 […]
Delivering the Miraculous
“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:6–7) The tidings of comfort and joy we’re discussing is the […]
Conceiving the Miraculous
“The angel replied to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35) The tidings of comfort and joy we’re discussing is the idea of the Grand Miracle, Jesus’ incarnation. […]
“One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.” (Luke 17:15–16) The story of the ten lepers healed by Jesus reminds me of the church sometimes. The fact that God healed ten men, and […]
Independent but Destitute
“Now hurry back to my father and say to him, ‘This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; don’t delay. You shall live in the region of Goshen and be near me—you, your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and all you have. […]
When Dreams Become Nightmares
But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him. “Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other. (Genesis 37:18–19) Martin Luther King once said prophetically, “You can kill the dreamer, but you can’t kill the dream.” I’m not sure I buy that 100%. Life’s full of […]