WHY, STILL, THE SCARS?

 John 20: 24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”   But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the...

THREE UNMARKED GRAVES: For Easter, 2018

Isaiah 25: 6 On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine— the best of meats and the finest of wines. 7 On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all...

A COURAGEOUS REQUEST–A Four-Part Drama

by Mathew Swora Cast: Joseph, Nicodemus, Pilate, Aide de camp. Aide: Two members of the Sanhedrin have come to see you, Governor Pilate. A Joseph of Arimathea, and one Nicodemus, a local. They say it’s urgent. Pilate: Now what do they want? Oh, bring them in! Aide: As...

FOR PALM SUNDAY: WHAT SORT OF ENTRY?

Psalm 118: 25: "This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." Up the dry, dusty road come the sounds of trumpets, flutes and drums, the steady, rhythmic tread of marching feet, the squealing and squeaking of wheels, the snorting and the...

Confession and Repentance

Psalm 51: 1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. 4 Against you,...

ON “THE FEAR OF THE LORD”

Psalm 19: 1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. 3 They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. 4 Yet their voice goes...

For Generations to Come

Psalm 22: 22 “I will declare your name to my people; in the assembly I will praise you. 23 You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!     Revere him, all you descendants of Israel! 24 For he has : not despised or scorned the suffering...

What Is Church?

Eph. 1: 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of...