Declaring Independence: Winning the Approval of God, Not People Mark 6:1-13 God wants you to be like Jesus. Many times people make the mistake of thinking this means being someone's doormat. Nothing could be further from the truth. You don't have to live your life enslaved to the thoughts, opinions and expectations of others. This is not the way God wants you to live; he wants you to be independent. For your spiritual and mental health take control of your life away from othe
Behold the Empty Tomb John 20:1–18
Jesus said (John 10:18): “No one takes my life from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again.” So now He does exactly that. No other man possesses this authority or the ability to lay down His own life and then to take it back up on the third day. Jesus’ lungs drew breath anew; His heart resumed beating. His marrow produced all new red blood cells to flow in His veins
Behold the Man - Lent Sermon 6 John 19:30-37 Why has God become man? Why does God have flesh? Why does God have a heart that beats, lungs that breathe, a brain with nerve cells that fire? All of this only to die? His heart beats so that it can stop beating. His lungs draw in breaths and exchange oxygen for carbon dioxide so that they can fill with fluid and stop taking in breath. His brain conducts an electrochemical symphony so that it can stop abruptly before the final act.
Behold the Man - Lent Sermon 5 John 19:28–30
Thirst, like hunger, is an essential function for mankind. Throughout John’s Gospel, the evangelist has crafted a commercial of sorts for a new water, a better water than that which only satisfies a temporary thirst. He has been cultivating a desire for living water. Now on the cross, the One who is Himself living water says, “I thirst.” What could be more human than thirsting? His lips are dry, His tongue sticking to the roof of