April 14, 2014
Is God dead? That’s the question debated in the new movie, God’s Not Dead. If you haven’t seen it, you can view the movie trailer here. People may answer that positively or negatively, strangely enough, according to their past or present experiences with a living God.
The debate is not a new one. For centuries people have chosen to believe or disbelieve in a God who not only rules the Universe, but One who offers a personal, loving relationship with the ones He created.
After viewing the movie–and I do recommend you see it–I think our capacity to believe may have to do with stones. Ones like the massive stone in front of Jesus’ tomb. That’s why I decided to share this post again with you this Easter. I hope it challenges you–and helps you find freedom to believe. And before you leave today, read to the end and think about joining me below in a powerful Easter Declaration! Read more
April 7, 2014
Rebecca Barlow Jordan
They did not see Him coming. Not Him. They saw a hope re-kindled, an end to their injustice, an easier path to follow.
They waved their palm offerings, laid down their finest clothes, but they saw only a temporary king, not a Suffering Servant. Read more
April 18, 2011
Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He has been raised from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples he has been raised from the dead, and is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there.” Matthew 28:5-7 NLT
“Then Jesus led them to Bethany, and lifting his hands to heaven, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up to heaven. They worshiped him and then returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy.” Luke 24:51-52 NLT
The empty tomb was a promise in itself. But none of Jesus’ disciples understood. When Jesus died, their hearts were empty. Their world collapsed. For three years, day and night, they ate, slept, and breathed Jesus. He was Life to them. What would they do without Jesus? Read more
March 30, 2010
“It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining” (Luke 23:44, NIV)
The name “Good Friday” seems to be a misnomer. Can anything good come from death by crucifixion? Does pain have a purpose? Early in Jesus’ ministry, scoffers hurled their own ignorant disbeliefs: “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” And even Jesus Himself, the One crucified on “Good Friday,” once said to a seeker, “Why do you call me good? No one is good–except God alone.”
“If God is so good,” others argue, “Why would He allow something so bad to happen to His own Son.”
Why, indeed? Maybe a one-word answer would suffice: LOVE. Good Friday is “good” because God is. And because God is love. When God allowed His own Son to die, He was thinking of you and me.
Jesus’ death was the only way to make us good enough—to join God’s forever family.
And that’s encouragement for a lifetime.