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 >>
"The Thorn," a theatrical adaption based on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ that includes acrobatics and martial arts, will be performed at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, which was founded by its former pastor, Ted Haggard.
The play is the product of John Bolin, a former youth pastor at New Life Church, who in an interview with the Gazette, described "The Thorn" as "the Bible on stage like you've never seen it."
Derived from a 1990s high school play that's produced with a cast of hundreds, "The Thorn" will be performed at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, starting on Thursday. more >>
This is a deeply moving Easter video proclaiming the glory and power of Christ's resurrection. Easter is a time to celebrate the greatest gift we have ever been given. This video will get your heart ready for Easter!
This beautiful video shows that Jesus was the not king his people were originally looking for. But, through the lens of the Triumphal Entry, "Return of the King" is a powerful proclamation of the power of the resurrection. He gave his life for all of us, with the ultimate sacrifice. We celebrate Jesus' resurrection on Easter and this video gets us prepared for that special day. Long live the king!
Watch this inspirational video praising the return of our King below: more >>
Close to 200 teachers have joined in a lawsuit against the Cranston, Rhode Island, school department, which turned down their requests to take a holiday on Good Friday. The teachers say that their civil rights have been violated, and point out that the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah in the fall was approved.
"That's my big concern here, is equity," said Liz Larkin, president of the Cranston Teachers' Alliance, according to The Associated Press.
The lawsuit claims that the school district violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Rhode Island Civil Rights Act, and the Rhode Island Fair Employment Practices Act. more >>