Paid in Full – Mark 15:1-26

Jesus Before Pilate 15 Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the law and the whole Sanhedrin, made their plans. So they bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pilate. 2 “Are you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate. “You have said so,” Jesus replied. 3 The chief priests accused him… Continue reading Paid in Full – Mark 15:1-26

He is Risen, He is Risen Indeed (Almost)

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday – (just in case you hadn’t heard yet.) My wife, who grew up in the Episcopalian tradition, likes to tell the story of hearing one of her priests marching into the sanctuary on Easter Sunday morning and proclaiming with a great, booming voice: “He is risen! He is risen indeed!” Though… Continue reading He is Risen, He is Risen Indeed (Almost)

Week 30: Can These Bones Live?

Week 30 Can These Bones Live? Today’s Text: Ezekiel 37-42 Key Text: 37:1 “The hand of the LORD was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and… Continue reading Week 30: Can These Bones Live?

From Death to Life

Key Text: 1 John 3:14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. The Easter season – those weeks following the great celebration – is a wonderful time to reflect on the gift of eternal life that comes by faith… Continue reading From Death to Life

Week 47 Friday

Full of Surprises Today’s scripture selection: Zechariah 8-14 Key Verses: Zechariah 9:9b “See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” Sometimes God comes to us in the most surprising of ways. In this passage from Zechariah; long before Jesus… Continue reading Week 47 Friday

Week 36 Sunday

To the End – and Beyond Today’s scripture selection: John 13-15 Key Verse: John 13:1b      In telling the events surrounding Jesus’ last hours before his crucifixion, John makes this poignant statement: “Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” That has always struck me as a particularly… Continue reading Week 36 Sunday

Week 16 Saturday

Raised Imperishable Today’s scripture selection: First Corinthians 15-16 Key verse: First Corinthians 15:42      The apostle Paul isn’t known for his brevity.  Like a lot of lawyers (and Paul had been trained in matters of spiritual and moral law) – he could be “wordy”.      But there were some times when he cut right to… Continue reading Week 16 Saturday

Week 10 Sunday

Just the Beginning Today’s scripture selection: Matthew 26-28 Key verses: Matthew 28:20        Suddenly – it was over.  It seemed to end as quickly and abruptly as it had begun.  All the teaching; all the healing; all the promise and hope ended on a Roman cross of execution.  Evil had triumphed.  Jesus was dead.… Continue reading Week 10 Sunday