Was Good Friday good?

By , April 18, 2019

“Here they crucified him”
John 19:18 (NIV)

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Many of us will celebrate “Good Friday”. By going to church, singing hymns about the Lord Jesus and His suffering, hearing a sermon drawn from somewhere in the Passion Narratives, we mark this day out as special and important to us. But why do we call this annual event “Good Friday”?

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By , April 17, 2019

“So he said to me, ‘This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:
‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.”
Zechariah 4:6 (NIV)

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“I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:49 (NIV)

In its core, the Sun fuses 620 million metric tons of hydrogen each second. Our sun converts 4.2 million tons of hydrogen into energy every second. Yet there are quite a few stars much bigger than our sun and their energy output makes the power generated by our sun seem pitiful by comparison.

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“I Don’t Feel Like It”

By , April 16, 2019

“…be prepared in season and out of season…”
2 Timothy 4:2 (NIV)

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“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)

The Lord has given us both feelings to connect emotionally with people and minds with which to think. Some people seem to be only one or the other. Either their feelings rule or their minds are solely in charge. Clearly there is danger in either position. For example, if my feelings ruled my head I would never get out of bed in the morning. When I first wake up I “feel” like I should sleep a little longer. Not to worry, I always get up and going at an appropriate time of the morning! However, when I have a difficult visit to make my negative feelings try to prevent me from going.

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“How Much Is Enough?”

By , April 15, 2019

“And they cried with a loud voice, saying,
‘How long, O Lord, holy and true,
dost thou not judge and avenge our blood
on them that dwell on the earth?'”
Revelation 6:10 (KJV)

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The question posed to the Lord in today’s verse is an ever present concern for some of God’s people. In the case before us the people crying out to the Lord had been faithful in their witness to the Lord while on earth and their payment from the listeners was to be murdered.

It is easy to understand the cry of the witnesses as they seek justice to be served on their murderers. At times we all have circumstances where we want the Lord to act but He seems to be “on vacation” or at least looking the other way.

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“Got A Light?”

By , April 14, 2019

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”
Psalm 119:105 (NIV)

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As a rebellious teenager I took up the  habit of smoking to be “cool” with my friends. Thankfully I somehow either did not smoke enough or the Lord preserved me from becoming addicted to the habit.

During those few years of smoking I often would say to one or another of my friends when lighting up, “Got a light?” I was acknowledging that my cigarette needed to be set on fire with a match or cigarette lighter that I did not possess.

Another expression that is common enough in our society is used in situations where people are not sure what choice to make between alternatives or they need further understanding on a matter. They may say something like, “I need a little light on the subject.”

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