Take This Cup Away From Me!

Jesus knew when and how He was going to die. The day before He was to die was the Passover. The Lord spent the evening with his disciples honoring the Old Testament laws pertaining to the final celebration of the first and greatest of the feast days. When they had eaten their meal and shared in the first celebration of the new feast, the Lord’s Supper, Jesus led them to the Garden of Gethsemane, a place it seems they often …

31 Days of Wisdom – Day Seventeen

This is part seventeen in my 31-day study through the book of Proverbs. The purpose of this study is to learn what God has to say in this book about wisdom and discernment. Yesterday I learned about God’s omnipotence – that He has full and complete control over this world and all that happens in it. I learned again the great value in having a humble, teachable spirit, for pride leads only to destruction. Finally, I learned the value of …

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The Passion of The Christ – Results?

In the days leading up to the release of The Passion of the Christ we heard time and again how this movie was going to provide the best outreach opportunity in the past 2000 years. We heard church leaders telling Christians to support this movie to ensure that Gibson did not lose his $30 million investment. Thousands of churches bought blocks of tickets, hundreds or even thousands of them, and gave them away to their members and communities. It has …

31 Days of Wisdom – Day Sixteen

This is part sixteen in my 31-day study through the book of Proverbs. The purpose of the study is to learn wisdom and discernment from this portion of God’s Word. Yesterday I learned of God’s omniscience, that He sees and knows everything, and I saw what a comfort this is to those who love Him. This passage also reinforced the value of having a humble spirit so I can learn to accept rebuke and correction from both men and God. …

31 Days of Wisdom – Day Fifteen

This is part fifteen in my 31-day study through the book of Proverbs. The purpose of the study is to learn wisdom and discernment from this portion of God’s Word. Yesterday I learned the importance of heeding wisdom’s call as soon as I hear it, for after a while she will forsake me forever. I also saw how contentment in my heart is important to every area of my life – my physical health, my spiritual health and to my …

31 Days of Wisdom – Day Fourteen

This is part fourteen in my 31-day study through the book of Proverbs. The purpose of this study is to learn what God has to say in this book about wisdom and discernment. Because today is Sunday, this will be an abbreviated look at a couple of key points from today’s passage. Yesterday I learned that I need to labor diligently to obtain things I want rather than just waste time dreaming about them and that I need to set …

31 Days of Wisdom – Day Thirteen

This is part thirteen in my 31-day study through the book of Proverbs. The purpose of this study is to learn what God has to say in this book about wisdom and discernment. Yesterday I learned that I need to be willing to face correction and be willing to correct others. I also learned that I prove my character by how I treat God’s creation, including animals. Finally, I need to choose my friends carefully, choosing people who are wise, …

Behold Your Mother

I do not often answer questions directly on this site, but since this one fits the theme of the crucifixion which I have been writing about this week, I thought I would post it publicly. Question: Why did Jesus “give” his mother to John when He was hanging on the cross? Answer: A very good question. The passage relevant to your question can be found in the book of John. Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, …

31 Days of Wisdom – Day Twelve

This is part twelve in my 31-day study through the book of Proverbs. The purpose of this study is to learn what God has to say in this book about wisdom and discernment. Yesterday I learned that God is the source of wisdom and justice and in order to please Him I need to exhibit those traits. I also learned that acquiring wisdom should not lead to arrogance but to humility. Finally, I have to take responsibility for my own …

Pilate’s Surprise

In the wake of The Passion of the Christ I have seen several discussions about why Pilate showed surprise that Jesus died so quickly. These discussions are based on the gospel of Mark where we read: Now when evening had come, because it was the Preparation Day, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent council member, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, coming and taking courage, went in to Pilate and asked …