Good Friday (for who though?)

I recently came across this quote and it made me think about how I celebrate this Passion Week. Yes, I’ll celebrate Good Friday, but for whom was it really good?

Corrie Ten Boom put it like this:

“In the forest fire, there is always one place where the fire cannot reach. It is the place where the fire has already burned itself out. Calvary is the place where the fire of God’s judgment against sin burned itself out completely. It is there that we are safe.”

Good Friday is good for any who place their faith in the One, Jesus, who took the fiery wrath of God in our place.

Bible Reading for the Passion Week

This week is known as the Passion Week, the final days and events leading to the crucifixion of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Something I have not done before that I plan on doing this year is reading the events chronologically as they happened during the last week of Jesus’ life before the cross.

I have found two Bible reading plans that may help you as you begin this week. One is a suggestion for you personally and one may work for your family.

Family Bible-Reading Plan: Continue reading

Go Ahead, Be the Salt

Matthew 5:13  Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Christ reminds believers that we are the “salt of the earth.” Salt has always been a key component in the history of our world. Roman soldiers were paid a portion of their annual salary with salt. (Think of the phrase, ‘not worth his salt’.) History tells us that caravans would travel the desert trading salt for gold, ounce for ounce. Salt was used in the building of Continue reading

Finishing the Year Right

Well, Christmas is over. No doubt, by now, some Christmas toys have broke. You may have already returned a few gifts and you’re wondering when you’re going to take down the Christmas tree.New Year’s is just a few days away. In the middle of days off, the holidays and putting away Christmas decorations I want to give a few thoughts on finishing 2010 the right way.

  1. Spend some time reflecting on the blessings of 2010. Praise God for provisions, personal spiritual growth, family, friendships, Jesus.
  2. Spend some time reflecting on the failures of 2010. At times this can be painful. Don’t meditate on the failures as some sort of penance, but rather to understand why those failures came about. Was it a character flaw, a communication failure, selfishness?
  3. Don’t wait until January 1 to start reading your Bible. Continue reading

Staying In Touch with Your Feelings

“Love is a decision, not a feeling.”

I don’t know who came up with that statement, but I think most of us have heard something like it many times. Indeed, there are times when you do things you don’t feel like doing. And loving is one of those things.

But is this the whole story? Can you really love without feeling anything? Continue reading

A Free Bible for Your Phone (or computer)

One of the great things about using technology redemptively is the spiritual growth that is possible. Cell phones used to be for making phone calls, but now there is an ever-increasing versatility with smartphones. One incredibly helpful addition to my cell phone was downloading YouVersion. Now Bethel Baptist has its own page for you to download the Bible free to your phone You can even download it free for you computer. Here’s why I recommend YouVersion:

Accessible & Portable. I never forget my Bible now that it is with me, because my cell phone is always with me.  Some people may not prefer, but I even use it regularly for our family devotional times. If there is cell coverage you’ve got a Bible with you and I love having the Bible with me at all times.

Helpful Features.

  • more than 20 Bible reading plans
  • ability to update your Facebook or Twitter status with a Bible verse
  • available for Blackberry, Android, iPhone, iPad and any device that has internet browsing capabilities
  • a section to add notes and thoughts on what you read Continue reading

Two Ways to Waste Your Life – Religious Rebels

 “This man receiveth sinners!”   Jesus answers the Pharisees heart murmurings with a series of stories concluding with the story of two prodigal sons, two wasted lives

This story unfolds as an incredible drama with unthinkable twists and an unforgettable ending!  Continue reading