Stained Glass JesusDid you celebrate Easter today?  Yes, I know that Easter was this past Sunday.  I also know that most of you probably attended church this past Sunday, just as I did.  After all, Easter is typically the holiday that sees the most attendance at churches across the world.

I also know that there have been many blog posts written this week about experiences that were shared this past Sunday.  However, I have waited to write this post until now because my question is different.  Did you celebrate Easter today?

One thing that has always stood out to me about the Easter story is the change in attitude that the people in Jerusalem experienced during that Passover week.  We see in the Scriptures the mood of the people as Jesus entered the town at the beginning of the week.

The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out:
“Hosanna!
’Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD (John 12:12 – 12:13 NKJV)

I can hardly imagine the excitement that was in the air that day. The crowd swelling in the streets awaiting the arrival of Jesus. The thrill it was to see Him enter the city. The feeling that came with the celebration of his arrival.

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Thief

April 18, 2014 — Leave a comment

Today’s video is a repost of one that I posted a couple of years ago.

This week’s Video of the Week was actually put together by my son a couple of years ago.  In this powerful video, Jason takes scenes from the movie “The Passion of The Christ” and combines them with the song “Thief” by Third Day to remind us of what Jesus did for us almost 2000 years ago.  I thought it was an appropriate way for us to celebrate this Good Friday.

Thanks to my loving wife, Row 1 Seat 1. Waiting for show to begin. They say Tim Hawkins might even show up.

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I’m Back and So Is Tim

April 11, 2014 — 4 Comments

I know that I have been hiding under a rock for the last few months, but there is no better reason to come out from hiding than a good old Video of the Week.

In honor of this upcoming weekend, today’s video features my favorite Christian Funny Man, Tim Hawkins.

As a Christmas present to each other, my wife and I bought tickets to go see Tim since he was to appear about 45 mins from our home.  We purchased these tickets over 6 months ago and have been waiting to “open our Christmas present” and share a great evening out with each other.

So tomorrow night, my wife and I will be sitting on the front row laughing our hearts out as we see Tim Hawkins live and in person.

In honor of this occasion, this week’s video features a clip from Tim’s newest DVD.  I hope you find him as funny as we do.

And yes, this is just the beginning of many new posts that I have in store for you.  So, don’t go away; God’s not done with me yet!

The First Christmas Carol

November 18, 2013 — 4 Comments

the first christmas carolWhat happens when you combine the Gospel of Luke and Charles Dickens? The result is a delightful new look at the events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ. This is exactly what happened when Marianne Jordan sat down several years ago to write a Christmas play for the church youth drama team. Now Jordan has expanded this script into a book that allows us all to experience the miracle of Jesus’ birth through a different set of eyes.

The First Christmas Carol – a miser, a manger, a miracle by Marianne Jordan, published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolina’s, is a fun look at the traditional Christmas story that we find in the Gospels. Set in Bethlehem during the census, the story follows the miserly innkeeper, Ebenezer, his assistant Aaron, and Aaron’s handicapped son, Timothy, as they deal with the crowds that have poured into town, overflowing Ebenezer’s inn.

As you might expect, the inn is full when Joseph and Mary arrive in town but Timothy, Aaron, and Martha (Aaron’s wife) provide a place for the couple to bed down in an unused stable. It seems like a suitable substitute for a room as long as Ebenezer doesn’t find out. Little does the group know that Ebenezer is preoccupied at the moment with a visit from some very unusual angels.

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You Love Me Anyway

November 10, 2013 — Leave a comment

You Loved Me Anyway

I am the thorn in Your crown
But You love me anyway
I am the sweat from Your brow
But You love me anyway
I am the nail in Your wrist
But You love me anyway
I am Judas’ kiss
But You love me anyway

See now, I am the man that called out from the crowd
For Your blood to be spilled on this earth shaking ground
Yes then, I turned away with this smile on my face
With this sin in my heart tried to bury Your grace
And then alone in the night, I still called out for You
So ashamed of my life, my life, my life
But You love me anyway
Oh, God… how you love me
You love me anyway

You Love Me Anyway … Sidewalk Prophets

Regret

October 21, 2013 — 4 Comments

205550830_845b19f97d_mAll of us have things in our past that we regret. You would not be human if you did not look back on decisions made or actions taken and regretted the course that you decided to take at the time. However, today’s post is not about my regrets, nor is it about your regrets. Instead it is about regret on a much larger and much more serious scale. For the past six or seven weeks, my Sunday School Class has been studying a series from David Jeremiah about 30 Amazing People in the Bible. We have been listening to one half of each 40 minute lesson each week, leaving us enough time left to discuss what we have learned.  So far we have looked at Jesus, Enoch, Noah, and Abraham. But it was the lesson on Noah that sparked the thoughts for today’s post. Let’s take a look at what the Scriptures tell us about this story.

5 The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. 6 The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. 7 So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created – and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground – for I regret that I have made them.”  Genesis 6:5-7 NIV

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