Are You Thirsty?

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Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty” (John 19:28, NIV). The recent crisis in Flint, Michigan prompted international attention, as it was revealed the drinking water was contaminated. Imagine coming home from a scorching hot day and simply wanting to grab a glass of cool water from … Read More

The “Be” Attitudes: Eight Character Traits for True Happiness

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In Matthew 5:1-11, we find the blessings taught and conferred upon His followers by Jesus in what has become known as the Sermon on the Mount. From beatus, the Latin form of the word “blessing,” this collection of eight are called the Beatitudes. These pronouncements of blessings were ethical expectations that Jesus espoused for his kingdom—the realm of authority over … Read More

Alleluia! Christ Is Risen! Just as the Scriptures Said…

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Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. 2 Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. 3 His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as … Read More

It is Finished

Jesus on the Cross

After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” … Read More

Prayer ~ Getting Started

Prayer ~ Getting Started One of the most familiar phrases in the church is, “Prayer changes things.” For some, prayer comes naturally, while with other’s prayer is few and far between. While some prayers can at times sound like a formal presidential speech, in all actuality it should be more like a child talking to his or her parent(s). What … Read More