Unashamed of Jesus

Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” John 2:19

This one simple statement from Jesus  brought so much revelation to us. The Religious Leaders thought Jesus was literally threatening to destroy the Holy Temple, but they didn’t realize Jesus was the temple and he was raised after three days to live forevermore.

The body is the temple of God (1 Corinthians 6:19) through the New Covenant of Jesus, we no longer need to visit the Holy Temple in Jerusalem to talk to God. The Holy Spirit dwells in us and we can be with God everywhere, even in the darkest valleys. Jesus literally prophesied about his death and resurrection, but nobody at the time understood him.

But another great revelation that was taught here most people miss, Jesus said that he will raise himself up again.

If you declare with your mouth…

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Joseph was done wrong.

First he was sold into slavery, then imprisoned by a false accusation. While confined in the Egyptian prison, Joseph interpreted the dreams of two officials who were being punished by Pharaoh. When one of them got word that he was to be restored to his former post, Joseph asked for a favorable mention; but for two long years, he heard nothing. Joseph probably felt like the butler had completely forgotten him…and as-a-matter-of-fact, he had:

“Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.”– Genesis 40:23 NKJV

Then one day, Pharaoh himself had a dream and the forgetful butler’s memory was jostled:

“Then the chief butler spoke to Pharaoh, saying, “I remember my faults this day…there was this Hebrew…””– Genesis 40:9-12 NKJV

So even though time had passed, Joseph was remembered. Once he interpreted Pharaoh’s dream (foretelling a severe famine), many life-changing things were set…

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Empathy After The Fact

Samaritan's Song

It is a sentiment I hear quite often:

“Man, I never thought about women have to deal with every day until I had a daughter, but now…”

“I’ve never thought about how hard it is for people in hurricane zones, but I have relatives in Texas, and ever since that last one came through…”

“My cousin was diagnosed with lupus and ever since then, every time I meet someone with lupus, I just want to reach out to them.  It’s so hard.”

We are really, really good at empathizing with people about things that are near to us: that have happened to those we love, those we care about, those who matter to us.  I have some family members who are cancer survivors, and so I have a special soft spot for cancer survivors.  I’m an only child, so I immediately feel a kinship with other only children.  We base…

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Inside the Photo Companion: Cultural Scenes — BiblePlaces Blog

When we started taking photos in the Holy Land, our gaze was mostly fixed on the sites. That, after all, is the basis for most tour itineraries. This was reflected in our earliest photo collections, as they were organized by country, region, and site. But as we began thinking about illustrating each verse of the…

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Remembering the Reformation?



This is the lead article in the October Record….

This month is the 500th anniversary of the event that is assumed to have been the beginning of the Protestant Reformation – Luther’s nailing of his 95 theses to the doors of the cathedral in Wittenberg. There will be a variety of reactions to this anniversary, from studied indifference from the many to joyous enthusiasm from the few. Should we bother?

There are good reasons not to celebrate the Reformation.

After all it was a split in the Church and resulted in strife and even wars, including the brutal 30 years war. How can we celebrate that? Surely the Protestant Reformation is something to be regretted and the church of Jesus Christ would be far better today if there had not been this split? Certainly the mainstream Protestant churches seem to be largely following this line.

Then there is the fact…

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