We all know what hate looks like. But we’re less familiar with sending away hate. Thankfully, sending away hate is most familiar to God.
The empty tomb signals the truth: He is risen from the dead. He has paid the price. And now? Now He offers us eternal life with Him.Read more
“Good Friday goodness.” The phrase seems a crass contradiction. How can goodness and a horrible death share the same space? What’s good about Good Friday?
Sometimes suffering and joy coexist. Jesus suffered the agony of the cross for the joy set before Him. What was that joy? Gaining intimacy with us.
The cross is love in action. There Jesus lives out God’s law by loving God, loving His “neighbors” (soldiers, thief, mother, and friend), and loving us.
At Christmas Jesus left heaven. At the cross heaven left Jesus. Both were costly gifts.
We think, and rightly so, that we’re to ask God for forgiveness. Jesus tells us to do just that when we pray. You know His words: Forgive us our sins. We are to ask. But there’s more to forgiveness than asking for it. There’s also confession. And cleansing. And responding to being cleansed and forgiven by saying thank-you. For cleansing and forgiveness are gifts, and it’s important when we get gifts to say “Thank you.” There’s more to forgiveness than asking for it. Let’s explore what’s involved.Read more