Was the Cross Necessary?

Was the Cross Necessary?

Two weary-hearted friends trudged slowly home. Days before they were anticipating the Passover festival and wondering what they would witness as they followed the steps of the young rabbi. Would His friend Lazarus of Bethany attend the festivities, the one He brought back to life from the dead? Would there be more healings? More disturbances to the settled religious system?

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Are You Waiting?

Are You Waiting?

My precious friend, Leanne, welcomed her sixth little one into the world the third day into spring and she is a precious Joy (surprise, Leanne!). I have a few more friends that have been waiting this spring; waiting for an “expected one.” On this date, four years ago, our long wait for little Esther was complete . . . and our lives have never been the same! Now, we are waiting for our newest, who isn’t due until the fall. We know the baby is coming, and the arrival is growing closer with each passing day. But for a mom, the wait can seem longer than the allotted days on the calendar.

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How Do You Explain the Horror of the Cross?

How Do You Explain the Horror of the Cross?

“What are these, Mimi?” My little three-year-old granddaughter was fingering the sharp points of wicked looking thorns. These thorns reminded me of Jesus’ crown of thorns, and I felt like they could be used as a symbolic picture of his suffering. While I was out hiking with a friend, we came across a thorn tree that had shed several limbs. Piled around the base of this stubby tree were long, thin limbs covered in sharp thorns ranging from one to five inches in length. We gathered up all that we could carry because the thorn limbs gave me an idea for a project. I cut up the limbs into small sections and attached to each a small parchment piece with these words:

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Living in the Love Relationship

Living in the Love Relationship

Do you have a personal relationship with God? That one question can bring a strong reaction no matter where a person is spiritually. If you are a regular here on the blog and part of this little cyber community, you probably do have a relationship with Christ. I pray you know Him and are growing up “in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ” (Eph. 4:15).

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Eating From the Tree of Life

Eating From the Tree of Life

When the Serpent told Eve that biting into forbidden fruit would bring knowledge . . . he wasn’t lying . . . it brought knowledge all right, the knowledge of death. He told her she wouldn’t die from disobeying God—but make no mistake—that was a bold-faced lie. She experienced death and took us all down with her. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil held forbidden fruit, and it was forbidden for a very good reason:

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