5 Reasons Jesus Came to Die Part 5

Jesus Came to Die Because He Loved The Father My kids are in that wonderful season of life where they are constantly measuring and comparing things. Everything is a contest. Everything is being compared for its value against something else. They sometimes ask me, “Dad, who do you love more…us or mom?” Now this mayContinue reading “5 Reasons Jesus Came to Die Part 5”

5 Reasons Jesus Came to Die: Part 4

Jesus Came to Die So That We Could Stop Sinning A friend once told me about his experience visiting a deep underground cave while on a sight-seeing tour. My friend recalled that when they first entered the cave he couldn’t wait to leave. The tour guide had not turned on any lights. It was dark.Continue reading “5 Reasons Jesus Came to Die: Part 4”

5 Reasons Jesus Came to Die: Part 3

Jesus Came to Die to Make us Brothers and Sisters One implication of the truth that we are “in Christ” is that we are one with everyone else who is “in Christ” by faith. The Scriptures express this in a variety of ways. We all have the “one Spirit”. We are all members of theContinue reading “5 Reasons Jesus Came to Die: Part 3”

5 Reasons Jesus Came to Die: Part 2

Jesus Came to Die to Bring Us to God I once watched a car commercial where a gravelly voiced narrator told viewers that the “journey was the point.” In other words, where you’re going doesn’t really matter. The purpose is the trip. I suppose this makes the idea of buying a nice car all theContinue reading “5 Reasons Jesus Came to Die: Part 2”

5 Reasons Jesus Came to Die: Part 1

Jesus Came to Die to Make Us Righteous I’m convinced that one of the great, controlling desires in our lives is the desire to be right. We are threatened when others disagree with us politically and theologically. We’re even threatened when people don’t like the same sports teams, movies and music that we like. We’reContinue reading “5 Reasons Jesus Came to Die: Part 1”

End Times Basics Lesson 4: New Heaven & Earth

Opening Discussion: What do you most look forward to in the new heavens and earth? Reunion with loved ones? I know I have a soft spot for the last scene in Field of Dreams where a dad and son get to have one last game of catch. Many people look forward to things like thisContinue reading “End Times Basics Lesson 4: New Heaven & Earth”

End-Times Basics Lesson 3: Hell and Judgment

A “Repulsive” Doctrine It’s obvious why many people wince at the earnest belief in hell or judgment. It’s obvious why even some professing Christians are embarrassed by it. Take Rob Bell as one example. A few years ago, his book “Love Wins” questioned the idea that Hell would really last forever. Bell is not alone.Continue reading “End-Times Basics Lesson 3: Hell and Judgment”

End Times Basics Lesson 2: The Resurrection

Introduction: Years ago I was visiting a family on the night they had lost a dearly loved relative. Of course, in those moments, there’s not much to say. You just pray and stay close. In this instance the family began saying things to each other in order to encourage themselves. One comment I’ll never forgetContinue reading “End Times Basics Lesson 2: The Resurrection”

End Times Basics Lesson 1: The Last Days

Why End-Times?There are often things that happen in our lives, or culture that increase our interest in God’s plans for the future – so I think there’s an understandable interest in the future when the present seems so crazy and uncertain. God does tell us some really important things about his plans and our hope forContinue reading “End Times Basics Lesson 1: The Last Days”