April 5, 2015 by Al Gardner
“And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith… But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead.” – 1 Corinthians 15:14, 20 Today’s Scripture Reading: John 20 Three days have passed since Jesus was placed in the grave. It’s Sunday morning. Mary Magdalene and some ... continue reading »
April 4, 2015 by Al Gardner
“For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” – 1 Corinthians 11:26 Today’s Scripture Reading: Matthew 27:62-66 Saturday must have been a very sad day for those close to Jesus. It was also the Sabbath, the Jewish day of rest. Scripture doesn’t mention ... continue reading »
April 3, 2015 by Al Gardner
“Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” – Hebrews 12:3 Today’s Scripture Reading: Mark 14:43-15:47 Today is traditionally known as Good Friday. It’s the most difficult day of Passion Week. Jesus’ journey turns ugly in these final hours leading to his death. ... continue reading »
April 2, 2015 by Al Gardner
“I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” – John 13:15 Today’s Scripture Reading: John 13:1-17 Our journey through Passion Week takes a somber turn on Thursday. From Bethany Jesus sends Peter and John ahead to a special upper room in Jerusalem to prepare for ... continue reading »
April 1, 2015 by Al Gardner
“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:4 Today’s Scripture Reading: Luke 10:38-42 The Bible is silent on what Jesus did on Wednesday of Passion Week. Many scholars speculate he and his disciples spent this day resting in Bethany in anticipation of Passover. ... continue reading »
March 31, 2015 by Al Gardner
“Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” – Romans 10:11 Today’s Scripture Reading: Mark 11:20–25 Tuesday, Jesus and his disciples travel again back to Jerusalem from Bethany, past the fig tree Jesus cursed yesterday. Peter excitedly notices the tree has withered and points this out to Jesus. Maybe Peter ... continue reading »
March 30, 2015 by Al Gardner
“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” – John 15:8 Today’s Scripture Reading: Mark 11:12-19 Just yesterday, Jesus was riding into town on a young donkey colt. Today, we see something entirely different. The Jesus we see today is demanding respect. He is ... continue reading »
March 29, 2015 by Al Gardner
“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” – John 1:12 Today’s Scripture Reading: Mark 11:1–11 If we were to imagine Jesus showing up, we might picture ourselves welcoming him with open arms. He approaches us as a ... continue reading »
March 24, 2015 by Al Gardner
“For to me, to live is Christ” – Philippians 1:21 Throughout most of church history, Christians everywhere have set aside these eight days—Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday—as a time of solemn focus and reflection. And there’s good reason for it. These eight days contain the greatest, most dramatic, wholly transformative events in all of ... continue reading »
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