Blog entries tagged Lent


1. Day 8: Victory

April 12, 2020

“I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25). Notice how personal this is. Jesus doesn’t say, “I bring resurrection and life” but rather “I am the resurrection and the life.” In the presence of Jesus, death is no longer death. It is something else entirely. As Paul says later in the New Testament, death […]

2. Day 7: Silence

April 11, 2020

“Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment” (Luke 23:56). The four gospels do not tell us much about what happened on the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. We know that after Jesus died, the disciples stayed behind locked doors for […]

3. Day 6: Sacrifice

April 10, 2020

“They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull)” (Mark 15:22). It’s Friday morning, 9 A.M. Killing time in Jerusalem. Outside the Damascus Gate is a road and on the other side of the road is a flat area near the spot where the prophet Jeremiah is buried. Up […]

4. Day 5: Preparation

April 9, 2020

“Then a dispute also arose among them about who should be considered the greatest” (Luke 22:24). This may be the strangest episode of all. The disciples have gathered with the Lord in the Upper Room. In just a few hours, Jesus will be denied, betrayed, tried, beaten, scourged, humiliated, and then crucified. What do the […]

5. Day 4: Conspiracy

April 8, 2020

“‘What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?’ So they weighed out 30 pieces of silver for him” (Matthew 26:15). Wednesday of Holy Week was a quiet day. But that doesn’t mean nothing happened. This is Day 4 of Eight Days that Changed the World. The key word today is […]

6. Day 3: Controversy

April 7, 2020

“Who gave you this authority?” (Matthew 21:23) Religious types are always big on authority issues. Who are you? Where did you come from? Who gave you the right to teach here? What school did you attend? Where is your diploma? Why didn’t you ask us for permission? Who do you think you are, anyway? The […]

7. Day 2: Cleansing

April 6, 2020

My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations” (Mark 11:17). Jesus would not put up with some things. We know about his compassion for the hurting and his outreach to the forgotten. But he has little patience with religious people who use religion to hurt others. By taking a whip to […]

8. Day 1: Triumph

April 5, 2020

“They brought the donkey and the colt; then they laid their robes on them, and he sat on them” (Matthew 21:7). It started with a donkey. Most of us have heard how Jesus sent his disciples to the village of Bethphage with instructions to bring back a donkey. When you read Matthew’s account, you realize that […]

9. Should We Observe Lent?

March 12, 2019

Today on American Family Radio, Ed Vitagliano asked me to talk about Lent. I was glad to do it since evangelicals are often unsure about whether or not to join in. Check out this five-minute clip called Should We Observe Lent? Click here to sign up for the free email sermons.

10. Four FREE Lenten Devotional Ebooks

March 12, 2019

Here are four FREE Lenten devotional ebooks that will take you from Ash Wednesday through Easter Sunday. We offer each one in three different formats–Kindle, Epub, and PDF. Here are the links to the different ebooks: Faces Around the Cross: Who Is That Man? In His Steps: Lord of Glory: Choose the one you like, […]

11. Video Devotional for “Never Alone”

April 1, 2018

Here’s the video devotional for “Never Alone.” He is risen! He is risen indeed! Click here to sign up for the free email sermons.

12. Never Alone

April 1, 2018

“Their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight” (Luke 24:31). Sunday 3:30 PM On the Road to Emmaus It had been a long, confusing day for Cleopas and his friend. It all started early in the morning with wild rumors about Jesus rising from the dead. They thought it might […]

13. Video Devotional for “A Day Without Miracles”

March 31, 2018

Here’s the video devotional for “A Day Without Miracles.” It’s Saturday, but Sunday’s coming! Click here to sign up for the free email sermons.

14. A Day Without Miracles

March 31, 2018

“They rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment” (Luke 23:56). We’re not told a great deal about the “silent Saturday” between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Because it was the Jewish Sabbath, most of Jerusalem was shut down. The disciples of Jesus, shocked by his bloody crucifixion, hid behind closed doors. About the […]

15. Video Devotional for “Unused Angels”

March 30, 2018

Here’s the video devotional for “Unused Angels.” Jesus wasn’t the victim at Calvary; he was the victor. #MiracleRoad Click here to sign up for the free email sermons.

16. Unused Angels

March 30, 2018

“Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matthew 26:53). A legion meant 6000 Roman soldiers. Twelve legions would equal 72,000 soldiers. Twelve legions of angels would mean at least 72,000 angels. Don’t you think that many angels could handle the […]

17. Video Devotional for “One Final Healing Miracle”

March 29, 2018

Here’s the video devotional for “One Final Healing Miracle.” Where there is hatred, let me sow love. #MiracleRoad Click here to sign up for the free email sermons.

18. One Final Healing Miracle

March 29, 2018

Midnight in Gethsemane. Jesus has been praying alone. In the distance the disciples can see the flickering lights as a group of soldiers crosses the Kidron Valley. They are led by Judas. It all happened so quickly. A brief conversation, a hurried kiss on the cheek, and the soldiers step forward to take Jesus away. […]

19. The Curse of Empty Religion

March 28, 2018

“Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered” (Mark 11:21). Fig trees are for making figs. Pretty simple, really. We plant apple trees because we want apples, peach trees because we want peaches, orange trees because we want oranges, and fig trees because we want figs. We might as well ask what good […]

20. Video Devotional for “A Dead Man Rises”

March 27, 2018

Here’s the video devotional for “A Dead Man Rises.” Jesus is Lord over life and death! #MiracleRoad Click here to sign up for the free email sermons.

21. A Dead Man Rises

March 27, 2018

“Lazarus, come out!” (John 11:43). Lazarus was already dead for four days when Jesus arrived in Bethany. He had been dead long enough for his body to start decaying. Now Jesus is here. What will he do? Lazarus has been dead so long that any thought of an immediate resurrection is out of the question. […]

22. Video Devotional for “When Jesus Seems Slow”

March 26, 2018

Here’s the video devotional for “When Jesus Seems Slow.” God’s timetable and ours are rarely the same. #MiracleRoad  Click here to sign up for the free email sermons.

23. When Jesus Seems Slow

March 26, 2018

“When he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was” (John 11:6). Why did he wait two more days? Why not come while Lazarus is alive? If he really loved Lazarus, why delay at all? It’s easy to understand the disciples’ confusion. “Lord, this man is your friend. We’ve […]

24. Video Devotional for “The Man Not Afraid to Die”

March 25, 2018

Here’s the video devotional for “The Man Not Afraid to Die.”  Don’t ever say Christ was a coward. He was the bravest man who ever lived. #MiracleRoad Click here to sign up for the free email sermons.

25. The Man Not Afraid to Die

March 25, 2018

“I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course” (Luke 13:32). The Pharisees tried to warn him. They said Herod wanted to kill him. They were right. But Jesus was a man who knew no fear. He sent them back to the king with a message, “Go […]

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