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April 17, 2024
Jesus radically expanded “Love your neighbor”
April 16, 2024
Jesus' radically self-giving love
April 15, 2024
God’s radical love in the Hebrew Scriptures
April 14, 2024
Prayer Tip--Love Never Fails: A Faith that Loves Radically
April 13, 2024
Jesus: if you miss love, you don’t “know” the Bible
April 12, 2024
The apostle Paul used his education to teach the Bible creatively
April 11, 2024
Jesus used the Bible seriously (but not literally)
April 10, 2024
Early Christians studied hard, focusing on big themes over details
April 9, 2024
What the Bible is (and isn’t) good for
April 8, 2024
Jesus identified himself with “wisdom”
April 7, 2024
Prayer Tip--Eruditio et Religio: A Faith for Critical Thinkers
April 6, 2024
The power of Jesus' resurrection at work in Paul’s life
April 5, 2024
God’s power at work in Jesus' resurrection
April 4, 2024
The day Jesus' victory over death and evil became clear
April 3, 2024
I grew up in one of those families where there was a long list of “Things We Don’t Talk About,” and death and dying were definitely on that list, especially for children. When there was a death in the family, the children were relegated to baby sitters while the adults dealt with the mystery of a loved one being with us at one moment and seemingly gone forever the next. And, as children, we just sat and wondered when people disappeared and we were told things like “he’s gone to heaven to be with Jesus,” or even just “she’s gone away to a better place.” This did not make me very well prepared to understand Jesus’ death and resurrection. I was a young adult dealing with my own first personal loss of a loved one before I could even come up with the questions to ask. But, as one of my all time favorite verses says, (Romans 8:26) “Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words,” God knew and sent me some wonderful, very smart people to help me understand. I can’t pretend that I understand everything about Jesus’ death and resurrection, but Paul did lay out some good, solid truths about death’s role in the life of we mortal humans. Death is the enemy, and the enemy has been overcome. In that, we can hope and be blessed. It doesn’t really make any death “better.” Paul’s words aren’t meant to tell us we shouldn’t be sad when someone dies. Grief is a normal, complicated, human emotion. Paul did want us all to know that death wasn’t the end – not for our loved ones and not for ourselves, and that “The LORD God will wipe tears from every face.” (Isaiah 25.:8, Revelation 21:4) We can understand that God loves us so much that Jesus faced death, a hard, merciless death, as a human, in order that death would be defeated, and it was. It has no hold on us for eternity. And that’s where the hope comes from. As Pastor Adam says, “The worst thing is never the last thing,” and we can count on that. If you are struggling with the death of someone you loved and miss, or if you struggle and fear the end of your own life here in the mortal world, I know any of our pastors would love to talk to you about all of this. Just ask.
April 2, 2024
The resurrection is central to Christian faith
April 1, 2024
The truth of Jesus' widely witnessed resurrection
March 31, 2024
Prayer Tip--The Past, Future and Present of Easter
March 30, 2024
Christ showed God’s love for us on the cross
March 29, 2024
Jesus' cross set us free from “the person we used to be”
March 28, 2024
On the cross, Jesus reconciled us to God, and to each other
March 27, 2024
Jesus nailed “the record of the debt we owed” to the cross
March 26, 2024
Jesus died, taking all our sin to offer all his righteousness
March 25, 2024
The cross: the unexpected sign of God’s power and wisdom