60 years ago in 1958, Steven Engel from New York brought parents together and made the decision to sue the state over a state authorized prayer in public schools. That case made it to the United States Supreme Court in 1962, where they decided it violated the First Amendment because prayer represented establishment of religion. Engel won.
Then Pennsylvania, in 1963, decided on the case of Abington School District v. Schempp; a complaint by Schemp not wanting Bible readings in public schools. Schempp won.
Also in 1963 came the verdict of Madalyn Murray O’Hair against the Baltimore School System to ban school prayer labeling it “unconstitutional”. O’Hair won.
As a Christian, I believe government made the wrong decisions for our children. Continue reading
The last seven weeks have been devoted to sharing the person of Jesus. The posts explain who He is, why He came down to us, and what He did for us through His death on the cross.
Most critically, the posts point to the need to believe that three days after Jesus’ death on Calgary hill, He rose from the dead, then forty days later ascended into heaven!
When we believe Jesus is the The Son of the Most High God, that He came to share and live God’s word, and that His death then resurrection occurred, life as we know it changes. Continue reading
Jesus, the Son of God, wants to have a personal relationship with you!
That is why Jesus left His throne in heaven and came down to earth. Jesus knew the only way for sinners (and we all sin, falling short of the glory of God) to enter into the presence of God is by atonement for sin.
Someone had to pay the penalty for our sin, thus removing its evil effects from the repentant sinner. Only this action would allow for reconciliation to God, since God can not be in the presence of sin.
Thankfully, Jesus paid the price for all sin. Continue reading
Jesus descended from heaven with a plan. He came to share God’s love, die on the cross, resurrect, then return to heaven. But that plan is not completed. His merciful work is not over as He continues to shower us with love as our intercessor.
Hebrews 7:25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
Yes! After Jesus’ resurrection Jesus did return to God, His father, to sit at God’s right hand. So now that Jesus personally made Himself know to us, when we believe in Him, our relationship with Him expands. Our believing that Jesus died as the sacrifice for our sin, now means that at judgement Jesus stands before God, interceding for us. Continue reading
In the Old Testament, the job of prophets was to pass on God’s message to the people. The prophets did not speak their word; God’s word was spoken through them. They revealed who God was, and what He planned to do. Some did preform miracles.
Then things changed in the New Testament, as described to us through the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. It’s from the gospel of John that we learn when Jesus arrived, He was the Word: Continue reading
Absolute biblical recordings reveal God punished those who did not believe or obey what He said. And He rewarded or blessed those who believed His word, following His commands.
The Old Testament shares with us the prophets, those who spoke to the nation of Israel, disclosing His message to them. The prophets did not use their own words, only the words spoken to them from God. But that changed in the New Testament. In the time of Jesus, a new covenant was made that was to be followed. Continue reading
Absolute biblical recordings reveal witnesses to this extreme historic event. Jesus did arise from the dead! There are so many witnesses to His resurrection, it becomes unfathomable how doubters make claims against documented facts.
Thankfully, though the physical body of Jesus is gone His spiritual presence lives forever! The miracle of Jesus raised to life from death is central in Christianity. There is no one else who walked this earth that man slaughtered, then came back to life! Continue reading
Absolute biblical recordings reveal witnesses to this extreme historic event. Jesus did die on the cross. There are so many witnesses to His death, it becomes unfathomable how doubters could make claims against documented facts.
Thankfully, it was only Jesus’ temporary human body that died. The spirt of Jesus lives! And that miracle, the miracle of Jesus raised to life from death is central in Christianity. There is no one else who walked this earth that man slaughtered, then came back to life!
While Jesus, the Son of God, was traveling about Jerusalem teaching the Jewish people about love, a rebel named Barabbas lead a group of political insurgents in a rebellion against Rome.
bar-abbas means “son of Abba [Father]”
Barabbas was a murderer who hated paying taxes to Rome and was aggressively trying to end all Roman authority. His group of insurrectionists started an uprising and because of this they were thrown into prison – Continue reading
Jesus shed His holy blood seven different ways for us at the cross.
The significance of this sacrifice for mankind is in the meaning behind each blood shedding. It was through Jesus’ perfect blood that seven freedoms were returned to us, redeeming and setting us free from bondage.
Leviticus 16:19 He shall sprinkle some of the blood on it with his finger seven times to cleanse it and to consecrate it from the uncleanness of the Israelites. Continue reading