Showing posts from April, 2019

The Temptation of a Two-Letter Word

One temptation we may face right after Easter is whether or not we will follow through on the renewal we experienced as we celebrated God’s amazing grace. Easter reminds us of Who has ultimately won the battle. It refreshes our faith and gives us confidence that we can all be overcomers through Christ!
But, what about those fleeting moments of doubt? Lows often come after the highs. Even Jesus experienced the ache of temptation – and not long after He had been baptized by John. In fact, when Satan came to tempt Jesus, he used a two-letter word to accuse Him and try to seduce Him into sin. What was the word?
- If -
Yes, Satan took that two-lettered word and tried to play Jesus. In the Matthew 4:1-11 account of Jesus' temptation, we find these statements:
“If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”  “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down.”  “If you will bow down and worship me (all this I will give you).” 
Jesus wasn’t persuaded by Satan’s quick tongue or accu…

Earthquakes & Empty Graves

All over the world, churches are filled with worshipers because there is an empty tomb in Jerusalem.”  - Billy Graham
What an amazing God we serve! He shakes the earth and brings the dead to life. He alone has authority over life and death. At Easter we cry out, “O Death, where is your sting,” and because of Christ’s work on the cross, we do not have to fear death. Instead, we celebrate the reality of an empty tomb discovered over 2000 years ago!
On resurrection morning, God shook the earth with a quake that opened the tomb for all to see. The soldiers standing guard were down for the count while God’s messenger freely shared the good news of any empty tomb! The women who came to Jesus’ tomb were welcomed with both an invitation and a proclamation. “Come and see” for yourselves.“He is not here; He has risen, just as He said” (Matthew 28:6) With mixed emotions jumbling inside they did as the angel instructed. Facing their fear and jumping for joy, they hurried off to tell the disciples…

Being Confident In What We Hope For!

Today was tax day at my house. After wading through all the forms and schedules, I breathed a sigh of relief when no unexpected surprises surfaced. Today was also a day when death came to call. We received a phone call a little after midnight that a dear friend of mine's mother passed away. Her death was not unexpected, but death always comes with mixed emotions and life change.
Benjamin Franklin and others have quoted a saying by Christopher Bullock (from the 1700’s) which is still heard today – and amazingly with minimal variation.
“Tis impossible to be sure of any thing but Death and Taxes.”
A pretty depressing statement, even if said in jest. Thankfully, the sentiment is SO not true! It is, indeed, possible to be sure of many things, and two amazing and powerful things are found in Hebrews 6:18-19a –
1. God cannot lie. 2. We who have the hope of Christ are secure.
“God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hol…

Sometimes I Just Want to Sit Down!

Touring a city on a Segway has always intrigued me, but…
1. How much does it cost? 2. How long are the tours? 3. How coordinated do you have to be?
All those questions swirl through my mind as the two-wheeled tourists speed past me on their way to the next point of interest. Maybe another day, another time.
Unexpectedly, the opportunity to ride a Segway recently arrived, and it was an offer I couldn’t resist. “Would you like to go on a Segway tour of the city? Our treat!” Before I knew it, the words flew out of my mouth. “Sure!” But as soon as my excited response escaped my lips, my cautious nature began a battle in my mind. “What have I gotten myself into? It can’t be that hard, right?”
Then, the day arrived. I saw the dreaded beast. Not the Segway, mind you. Oh no! A beast of another sort. I hadn’t planned on the fact that I’d not only have to figure out how to balance upright on this contraption, but all while wearing a bike helmet. Ugh! But ‘Safety First’ does not allow for vanity. So,…