Category Archives: Devotional

The Wonderful Cross: Take Up Your Cross, Part 2

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me … Continue reading

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The Wonderful Cross: Take Up Your Cross, Part 1

The cross is not only the way to salvation. It is also a way of life. And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. … Continue reading

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Going and not knowing

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was about to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. Hebrews 11:8 I once thought that faith … Continue reading

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The Wonderful Cross: Christus Victor, Part 2

This is what John sees next in his vision: I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain … Revelation 5:6 And when the Lamb takes the scroll, all of heaven sings a new song: “Worthy are you … Continue reading

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The Wonderful Cross: Christus Victor, Part 1

As we continue our series on the cross and the atoning work of Jesus, we turn our attention to the picture of Jesus as the worthy champion. This is called the Christus Victor view of atonement, the idea that in … Continue reading

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The Wonderful Cross: The Passover Lamb, Part 3

During the Passover, in every home not marked by the blood of the lamb, the firstborn son passed away. Exodus 12:29 tells us that even Pharaoh’s son died that night. That means the son of the king died at Passover. … Continue reading

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Meat Loaf, Betty White, Bob Saget and Christian Communion

Meat Loaf died last night. Since the 1970s, Michael / Marvin Lee Aday has sold over 65 million albums under the recording name “Meat Loaf.” His most successful work, Bat Out of Hell, sold over 40 million copies and is … Continue reading

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The Wonderful Cross: The Scandal of the Cross, Part 4

[The following is adapted from the scholarship of Fleming Rutledge, Scot McKnight, N.T. Wright, Arnold Fruchtenbaum, and others.] One of the most degrading parts of crucifixion was the scourging. The Jews had precise rules regarding this form of punishment. Under … Continue reading

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The Wonderful Cross: Christ Crucified, Part 1

A few years ago, a 14-foot bronze cross was stolen from a cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas. The cross had stood at the entrance to that cemetery for more than 50 years. It was originally placed there in 1930 and … Continue reading

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2022: Moving Forward

I really love this time of year. Let me be clear: it has nothing to do with the weather. After a couple of nights with temperatures in the 20s around here, I can’t wait for spring to arrive! No, I … Continue reading

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