Have you ever heard of Theudas? How about Judas of Galilee? They were would-be messiahs in the first century. How many followers do these men have today? Zero, zip, nada.
Of course, we've all heard of Jesus Christ. One-third of humanity professes to believe in Him. But I guarantee you we would never have heard of Him had He not risen from the dead.
Whoever you are, whatever you believe, you have a vested interest in looking into the issue of Jesus' resurrection from the dead. There are millions today who simply dismiss the message of Christianity out of hand and don't realize the eternal peril they are in by doing so. more >>
"How do you respond to people in your church who have an unanswered prayer and are bearing a burden God has chosen not to remove?"
This question was posed at a recent gathering of Christian leaders who had come together to hear insights on how to effectively engage modern culture and become agents of change in a hurting world.
The question itself was raised in the context of how churches should navigate the issue of same-sex attraction. "Every single gay Christian has an enormous unanswered prayer," the speaker suggested. "They prayed for God to change them, and God didn't answer their prayer. So my question for you is, what do you do for people in your church who have an unanswered prayer?" more >>
This could be one of the most emotional Easter dramas you have ever seen. In honor of Easter Sunday, this group of teenagers from Watersprings Church act out the life of Jesus in a play … and it is POWERFUL!
How they created each and every visual scene was very moving. It's almost impossible to keep a dry eye while watching. God bless all those involved, and their hearts! Watching the young celebrate such a precious time in the faith is worth every second. Feel free to share this with all those who celebrate Easter. It will touch their heart!
Watch this powerful Easter drama below: more >>
Perspective always has two sides, right and wrong. During tough times, the right perspective can propel the least likely among us to greatness when the fiery passion burning within inspires them to do the impossible. Pressing forward, they inadvertently change the world around them with each painful step. They understand they cannot control what happens in their times, but, as J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote, "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." A couple examples come to mind.
Mordecai was one of those world-changing, history-altering kind of guys recorded in the chronicles of the Media and Persia kings. Mordecai was a sort of ancient day Netanyahu whose perspective inspired him to immediate action to preserve the Jewish race. He reminded the orphan girl he adopted who later became queen that her rise to royalty was not about her but rather to aid in the rescue of the Jewish people "for such a time as this." Much like Netanyahu, Mordecai feared the outcome of his inaction more than he feared death and pressed forward.
After all, the greatest tragedy in life is not death, but rather a life which fails to reach its potential. Despite our personal circumstances, all men are given the same chance and the same amount of hours in any given day to change the world around them. All it takes is the right perspective. History abounds with "Mordecai-s" and amazing people like my music pastor friend Marc whose devotion to his calling, despite personal circumstances, continually inspires. You see, Marc has Cerebral Palsy but Cerebral Palsy has never had Marc. more >>
"May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world" (Galatians 6:14).
Why does the cross offend the world? Why are so many disturbed when the name of Jesus is mentioned? Why is His name, above all others, often taken in vain?
The answer is simple: There is power in His name, and there is power in the cross—power that shakes the spiritual realm. Philippians 2:9-11 says that God has highly exalted Jesus and has given Him a name that is above every other name, that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. more >>
There is a great hunger to be forgiven---it is a universal need.
In the classic book by Karl Menninger of the Menninger Clinic, Whatever Became of Sin? he described a situation where a mime on the busy sidewalks of Chicago would point at a total stranger and yell out "Guilty!" Amazingly, the reaction of most of the strangers was to slink away, as if to say, "How did you know?"
We all instinctively know that things are not right between the universe and us. There is a name for that, and it is sin. Sin is what is wrong with this world. But sin has been dealt with in a decisive way. more >>