He is Risen!

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Jesus Christ died.  He died quivering on a cross, after receiving a horrific public thrashing that would have killed any other human.  He died after carrying His own instrument of death, the top part of the cross, to Golgotha where He was brutally and efficiently nailed to the beam He carried. He died after hanging between heaven and earth for about six hours in unexplainable agony.  To make certain of His death, the order was …

Finished!

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By Greg Laurie When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and released his spirit. —John 19:30 The cross was the goal of Jesus from the very beginning. His birth was so there would be His death. The incarnation was for our atonement. He was born to die so that we might live. And when He had accomplished the purpose He had come to fulfill, He summed it …

The Power of Christ’s Words

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By Greg Laurie Christ’ passionate love for the world is evident. —Greg Laurie Christ’ passionate love for the world is evident in His statements from the cross: Statement One “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34 Do you realize that you are in need of the Father’s forgiveness? Statement Two “Today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43 Have you realized and confessed Jesus as your personal Savior? …

Surrender at Gethsemane

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By Greg Laurie Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch.” —Mark 14:34 Have you ever felt lonely? Have you ever felt as though your friends and family had abandoned you? Have you ever felt like you were misunderstood? Have you ever had a hard time understanding or submitting to the will of God for your life? If so, then you have an idea of what …

Easter special: How Jesus Might Look Back at the Cross

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April 14, 2017 By Rev. Austin Miles (Note to Readers: In the late 1990’s a church prepared to produce an Easter Program, with several chosen to play the parts of those who had been with Jesus during the Crucifixion as they reflected on that event. When this writer was asked to “be Jesus” the answer was no,  since no-one is worthy to portray Jesus. It DID seem right to present how Jesus might give His thoughts and what …

Easter and the Persistence of Guilt

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By Jerry Newcombe, D.Min. 4/12/17 Recently (3/31/17), the New York Times had an article by David Brooks with a title that caught my attention: “The Strange Persistence of Guilt.” Why do we feel guilty and what can be done about it? I’m writing during Holy Week 2017, and as a Christian I’m convinced that Good Friday and Easter Sunday hold the solution to removing guilt. Our society is moving away from our Judeo-Christian roots at …

The Lord’s Supper

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By Greg Laurie Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. —1 Corinthians 11:27-28 Matthew 26 contains one of the most well-known events in human history and certainly the most famous meal ever eaten, the Last Supper. …

Easter Brings Hope

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By Greg Laurie Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” —John 11:25 Easter is not about brightly colored eggs, wearing pastels, or enjoying a big meal, although it could include these. Easter is about the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. For some, Easter will be a great day, spent surrounded by family and friends. But for others, it …