Monday, April 25, 2011

Take this one to the bank

Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise. Luke 24: 5-7
Jesus is the only person I know who has 100% accuracy in predicting the future. He told his disciples about his suffering, his death, burial and resurrection long before it happened. 
If he is accurate in this area, what are the chances that he is 100% accurate in everything else that he said? 

For example, he said he will come again one day and every eye will see him,  even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen. Revelation 1:7
If his resurrection prediction was spot on, what are the chances that this prediction will be fulfilled? I am putting all my hopes on Jesus!
The Lord is risen! The Lord is coming again!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Marriage is not for the faint of heart

God asks husbands to do one of the most important things in marriage: Husbands love your wives. Easier said than done. I want you to watch this very short clip of one man who took the word of God to heart and loved his wife, in sickness and health. When the dreaded disease of Alzheimer’s made its uninvited entrance into their marriage, they still never wavered in their commitment to one another. In fact, their love deepened even further. Find out how their love and marriage survived until "death do us part."

Dr. Robertson McQuilkin was the President of Columbia International University but needed to resign so that he could care for his wife, Muriel, as she was increasingly in decline due to Alzheimer's disease. His story is a sobering reminder of the joy that can emerge from the very painful things we experience in this world. His story is also a magnificent portrait of what faithfulness in marriage can look like. Read more about them in their book, Promise Kept: A story of unforgettable love

What are some of the challenges facing married couples today?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Three Reasons Why I Believe The Resurrection

The power of God: I believe that God has the power to do more than we could ever ask or think.
Acts 2: 24-32: God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.
Acts 3: 15: and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.
Acts 5: 30: The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree.
Romans 8:11: If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

The power of eye-witnesses: I believe that a witness is a powerful source for establishing truth from error. Many people saw Jesus in his resurrected state. How could so many people be wrong?
I Corinthians 15: 3-11
Christ died for our sins
He was buried
He was raised on the third day
He appeared to Peter and the 12
He appeared to more than 500 people at one time
He appeared to James, then to all the apostles
He appeared also to me (Paul)

The power of changed lives
I Corinthians 15: 9-11
For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. Paul was a murdered and a man with great hatred and hostility to the early Christian movement. How did he change from his hostility and hatred to a radical follower of Jesus Christ? He met Jesus and Jesus changed him. There are literally billions of people around the globe, in all places and all times who have met the risen Christ and there lives were changed.
Find a church this Sunday and worship the risen king.
Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed. Hallelujah!