Ordinary 33 – God’s fire is already burning in our lives. Avoid the cross and you build up fuel for a terrifying judgement. Embrace the cross and His fires will heal and purify you. Every day is judgement day. Stick close to Jesus and you will be fine.
Holy Thursday – God gives us beautiful moments like the Last Supper so we will trust His faithfulness in our Good Fridays. But we often lose heart and run away when things get dark. Can your faith survive Good Friday?
Who wants to suffer, sacrifice, and die? But who wants to have abundant life? You duped us, Lord! It is only when we lay down our lives as a sacrifice that we discover abundant life. The key to abundant life is shaped like a cross. [AUDIO]
Jesus got made fun of, beaten up, and killed. Loser. But the real battle was being faithful to God and loving his enemies. We can only be a winner by God’s standards if we are willing to be a loser in this world. [AUDIO]
It’s not enough to say “I Love You”; we must do it. Jesus loves by serving and sacrificing. So must we. He asks His friends to walk with Him down the road of suffering. We should never fear the cross for it is the sign of True Love. (13 Sep 2015)