The Empty Tomb and Us Today

The Empty Tomb and Us Today

Not only does the empty tomb point to Jesus’ resurrection, the eyewitnesses do so as well. Verse 8 tells us that after the women encountered the angel who told them Jesus had risen, they “ran to tell His disciples.” The disciples would also see the resurrected Jesus, and they had no doubt whatsoever that He is alive. Need evidence? Look at their lives. …

Jesus Got Up

Jesus Got Up!

Joe Louis, arguably the best boxer of all time, had a spotless record of 27–0 going into his fight with the German Max Schmeling. This was in 1936, when Nazism was at its height, and Germany was the picture of evil. So, the fight between the American and the German took place at a sold-out Yankee Stadium. Everyone expected Louis to win. But …

The Moment Jesus Became Sin for Us

The Moment Jesus Became Sin for Us

The cross is more than something that tops a church steeple. It’s more than an ornament on a living room wall. It’s more than a golden icon decorating your neck. The cross is the most foundational, irreducible essence of our faith. Sinners don’t fully understand the cross; if they did, they would run to it. Saints don’t fully appreciate it; if they did, …

How to Respond to God's Love

How to Respond to God’s Love

A little girl was hugging her dolls and crying. Her mother knelt beside her and asked, “Honey, why are you crying?” The little girl sobbed her reply, “Mommy, I keep loving these dolls, and loving these dolls, and they just never love me back!” It brings tears to our Father’s eyes that He has paid the highest price possible to …

The Difficult Side of Caring

The Difficult Side of Caring

Whether we like it or not, confronta­tion is part of a believer’s arsenal of caring for one another. If a driver inadvertently turned down a one-way street heading the wrong way, there would be two reasons to get his attention. The first would be concern about the damage he could do to himself. The second reason would be concern about …

What Prophecies Do For Us

What Prophecies Do For Us

Prophecy helps us see the big picture of God’s program for the ages—His unfolding, eternal drama. Prophecy is important for many reasons, and without it, we might struggle to make sense of a lot of what goes on in our world today. For example, knowing that the world is headed toward a period called the Great Tribulation informs us as …

The Truth About Our Life's Purpose

The Truth About Our Life’s Purpose

We exist for God; He does not exist for us. God loves doing things for His people, but the rea­son we get up in the morning is to fulfill His purpose for our lives, not merely to ask Him to bless our purpose for our lives. God does not want to be our vend­ing machine, where we put in a …

Understanding the Angels Among Us

Understanding the Angels Among Us

Every weekend, when I was growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, I would go visit my grandmother. Because it was the weekend, my grandmother would let me watch television, and I would watch whatever the shows were in the mid-1950s. If it ever started to thunder, my grandmother would say, “Tony!” Even though I knew what she was going to tell …

Respect for Family is Respect for God

Respect for Family is Respect for God

In our culture, there is a lack of respect for authority. Nowhere is this better evidenced than in the family—the most basic and foundational unit of our society. Instead of parents guiding, teaching their children, and telling them what to do, it’s the children who rule the roost in many homes. The kids call the shots, and the family structure …

The Source of True Power in America

Over the last few years, there has been a lot of discussion about the source of power in America. The power of uniting with other believers in prayer for our nation reinforces the fact that we do not live our lives only for ourselves. Philippians 4:1-3 tells us that Christ can empower us to do anything, but we must understand …