“I Do”

He tried to prepare them. The sorrow filled separation that death brings was looming in the future. John 13 records Jesus saying, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will later follow. “ Peter responded by professing his unwavering allegiance. He answered, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will layContinue reading ““I Do””

Jump out of the boat!

I was asked to address a leadership team which met last weekend. As I was preparing, I was mentally heading one direction but then…I began reading John 21:1-14. Perfect timing because I could see crucial leadership requirements everywhere in this story. The disciples had already seen the resurrected Christ twice. They had experienced Him. ButContinue reading “Jump out of the boat!”

On the Path

I have so many questions. There are some theological issues that I struggle to fully understand. The paradox within the Bible leaves me flustered sometimes. I’ve wrestled with God when prayers seemed to be ignored. But I know…that I know…that I know…Jesus lives. I trust Him. I’ve decided to place my faith and hope inContinue reading “On the Path”

A Special Easter in Italy

He is victorious. The empty tomb declares that He is even victorious over death. The grave couldn’t hold Him. The resurrection of Christ was not disputable then because there were too many eye witnesses. And it remains indisputable today by those who call Jesus their King. This truth sits as a foundation of our faith.Continue reading “A Special Easter in Italy”

Finished

Crosses. We hang them on our walls. We wear them on necklaces. We display them on end tables. Yet as beautiful as we think they are, the word cruel cannot adequately describe the brutality of death on a cross. It was barbaric. The physical agony that Jesus endured on the cross is unimaginable. I watchedContinue reading “Finished”

My King

It’s the perfect time, with Easter approaching and in light of our political climate, to be pondering John 18: 28-37. Jesus was arrested by Jewish religious leaders because they wanted Him executed. The problem was that they did not have the power to do so. So they brought Him to Pilate, the Roman governor, withContinue reading “My King”

I’m No Better

Injustice for political or financial gain is beyond frustrating. But it is our response to witnessing injustice that can reveal our integrity, our bravery or our cowardice. Our response can make a difference. Jesus was arrested, bound and brought before the highest of the religious leaders (John 18:12-28). One cruel leader turned Him over toContinue reading “I’m No Better”

Oh, It Will Happen

The drama intensified! Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to Him, went out and asked the approaching Roman soldiers and Pharisees, “Who is it you want?” (John 18:4) Jesus knew. He knew what was going to happen. He knew that betrayal, rejection, agony and separation from His Father were quickly approaching. But HeContinue reading “Oh, It Will Happen”

Not Our Job

Returning to his eyewitness account recorded in John 18:1-4, we catch a glimpse of the ultimate moment of betrayal and rejection. I’ve been betrayed and I’ve been rejected by “friends” I’ve truly loved. But nothing like what Jesus experienced. Not even close. Jesus had prayed and then left that sacred space of intimacy with HisContinue reading “Not Our Job”

Do we really want it?

I hold this prayer near to my heart because I love the glimpse into Jesus’ heart and desires as He approached His impending death. He prayed for Himself. He prayed for His disciples and then He prayed for me. Ok, ok. I recognize that Jesus’ prayer is corporate. His expression of His desire extends toContinue reading “Do we really want it?”