How to reignite our joy and hope, when we have lost them?

When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord” Jn 20.20.

Jesus’ resurrection is the proof of all that God proposed to accomplish for humanity. The risen Christ restores the joy of receiving God’s gift and the hope of a future within his purpose. Continue reading

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live even if he dies, and the one who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

John 11.25-26 NET

That’s a good question for all of us, is it not? Living on the resurrection side of the Cross, we’re in a better position to appreciate the truth of Jesus’ declaration. Continue reading

* My flight departs Sunday night, arriving in Nashville Monday morning, Lord willing. You’ll see less of me on the Internet since we will be traveling extensively.

* The Firstborn celebrates his birthday today. He’s now a -niner. God bless him to serve powerfully.

* Having written two devotionals recently on power, this line caught my eye: “The reward of power is not for the timid.” How true! Continue reading

lazarus come forthThey say that shouting solves nothing, that it only worsens things. So they say. And they’d not be far from the truth. But we have the Shout of Ipiranga, of Brazilian Independence, to go against this piece of popular wisdom. And the Shout of Bethany.

When he had said this, he shouted in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44  The one who had died came out, …
John 11.43-44a, NET

The act was the Word. The word in itself made Lazarus come back to life. Divine power contained in a pronouncement, in an order, in a shout!

Rhetorically, shouting gives emphasis, raises the term above the common conversation, highlights the proclamation among other sayings.

Jesus didn’t need to shout. He could have whispered, with the same effect. But the solemnity of the moment deserved an emphasis on the re-creation of life.

Which reminds us of the promise of the Shout of the Last Day, when all will be raised from the dead (1 Thes 4.16).

 

I don’t know yet what to do with these posts of mine I collected from the Gospel Advocate list forum, now inactive, so I’m going to store them here. Lots of good stuff, biblical study material, if you don’t mind the occasional nature of the conversation.

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