A handful of Jesus’ most devoted female followers arrived at His tomb bearing death deodorants, only to discover the stone had been rolled away. A pair of angels gave this enigmatic explanation, “He is not here; He has risen!” Thoroughly confounded by this announcement, they ran back to His disciples’ hiding place where they recounted the morning’s events. Peter and John didn’t wait to hear Pauline … [Read more…]
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Please come to this hour of reflection on our Lord’s death at Calvary and its relevant implications for our lives today.
The streets leading into the city and within were gorged with a mix of fervent devotees and curious hopefuls. Near-fanatical cheering and unrestrained palm-waving signaled this day as remarkably special. Could this reported miracle-worker and rabbi-extraordinaire be the one the nation of Israel had long awaited? Could he be the people’s Messiah? If the crowd was any indication what the popular opinion held, then there’s no question. But oh how quickly things can turn! Just five days later, some … [Read more…]
If I was to conduct a straw poll of the average person in America today and ask this question, “How does one enter Heaven someday?”, I believe I could chisel down the plethora of answers to virtually one. I suspect I’d hear such spiritual responses as, “I obey the 10 Commandments;” or “I’ve been baptized;” or“I’ve been confirmed;” or “I regularly go to church”. In addition, I suspect I’d also hear the more ethereal answer, “I’m … [Read more…]
Back on Sunday, January 18, 2015, Pastor Nguyen Hong Quang of Vietnam and his associate pastor were attacked by 5 men near the Bible college he had founded and still leads. The attack, though unprovoked,was especially vicious. A torrent of rocks and bricks pelted the two ministers until they collapsed. Even then, their attackers continued the assault, kicking and stomping them repeatedly. Pastor Quang suffered a … [Read more…]