Monthly Archives: April 2019

Be Encouraged!

The tomb is empty!!!

For your Easter reflection, here are some things to think about.

Paul on the importance of the resurrection of Jesus:

“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:3-8‬ ‭ESV‬‬

There are reasons for certainly about the resurrection. I’ve listed some of them below.

What are the proofs for the resurrection? (Because these proofs are based on the Bible, one’s view of the Bible is critical.)

1) that Jesus died by crucifixion;

2) that very soon afterwards, his followers had real experiences that they thought were actual appearances of the risen Jesus;

3) that their lives were transformed as a result, even to the point of being willing to die specifically for their faith in the resurrection message;

4) that these things were taught very early, soon after the crucifixion;

5) that James, Jesus’ unbelieving brother, became a Christian due to his own experience that he thought was the resurrected Christ;

6) that the Christian persecutor Paul (formerly Saul of Tarsus) also became a believer after a similar experience.

These arguments are from my professor, Gary Habermas, who is a leading expert on the resurrection.

More:

http://www.garyhabermas.com/

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Rejoice!!!

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Impartial…

As I begin an intensive week of teaching, this is an apt reminder.

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Are you eager to greet the Father each morning?

In Budapest this morning… I’m reminded of the importance of relying on the finished work of Jesus! And that I should be eager for his return, and eager to greet God each morning wherever I am in on whatever schedule. Training my heart and mind to rely on Him in all circumstances, in every place.

“so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.”

Hebrews 9:28 ESV https://www.bible.com/bible/59/heb.9.28.esv

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Not by law keeping is God’s justice satisfied…

About Josiah, we read:

“Before him there was no king like him, who turned to the Lord with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses, nor did any like him arise after him.

Still the Lord did not turn from the burning of his great wrath, by which his anger was kindled against Judah, because of all the provocations with which Manasseh had provoked him.” ‭‭(2 Kings‬ ‭23:25-26‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

No, not by law, by only through the finished work of Christ.

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Romans‬ ‭5:1-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

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Remember…

“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭4:14-16‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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