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Walk This Way: Empathize

“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” (Romans 12:15) This week, we’re jumping back into Romans 12 for to learn more about what it means to follow Jesus in our everyday lives. My wife is one of the best empathizers I know. She is really good at walking after Jesus this way. […]

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Countforward: How Long?

“He was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. ‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, […]

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Easter Countdown: Zero Hour

” ‘Don’t be alarmed,’ he said. ‘You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.’ ” (Mark 16:6) You know it’s a big deal when the angels show up – and the news is almost always good. This time, it […]

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Easter Countdown: 3 Days

“Then he said to them, ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.’ Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, […]

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Easter Countdown: 1 Year

“He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.” (Mark 8:31) Jesus was not surprised. By any of it. He knew who Isaiah was […]

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Easter Countdown: 3 Years

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’ ” (John 1:29) We’re leaping forward 30 years from the birth of Jesus to the beginning of his three-year ministry before the cross. His cousin John the Baptist declares to all […]

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Easter Countdown: 33 Years

“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby […]

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Easter Countdown: 700 Years

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) According to Bible scholars, the prophet Isaiah wrote these words 700 years before Jesus was crushed, punished, wounded, and killed for our sins. And […]

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Walk This Way: Bless Your Persecuters

“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.” (Romans 12:14) Did you just feel the degree of difficulty go up a notch on this list of things Jesus-followers do? Until this one, everything we’ve covered has been easy to agree with even if you don’t necessarily plan on doing it. Just imagining yourself […]

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Walk This Way: Share

“Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” (Romans 12:13) This list from Romans 12 describes how Christians live, how we follow after Jesus in all kind of practical ways. What’s amazing about this list is that it doesn’t explain anything. It’s just one short, punchy command after another. What does it mean […]

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