Contributed on Mar 11, 2007
The crowds had looked for Jesus to be an earthly King... but when it became obvious He wasn’t going to be that, they turned their backs on Him and crucified Him. Jesus taught that His "Kingdom is not of this world." What can that mean to us?
OPEN: It’s basketball season and we’re in the midst of something called “the Road to the Final Four”. They started this weekend by singling the men’s college basketball teams down to 64 teams. Then they’ll winnow it down to 32. Then, they’ll have 16. Then 8. And then four teams. And last of all, ...read more
Contributed on Mar 18, 2007
The first thing Jesus did after His triumphal entry into Jerusalem was to clean house. He cleanses the Temple of it’s sinfulness. What can this teach us about the need for purity and holiness in our churches and our personal lives?
OPEN: About 50 years ago there was a great preacher in the Washington D.C. area named Peter Marshall. I once read one of his sermons and found the following description of the scene we just read about in Matthew: “It is early morning, but already the temple court is a bedlam of activity and ...read more
Contributed on Mar 27, 2007
The Disciples had experienced one or two Passover Meals with Jesus before this. Why did Jesus wait til this last one to refer to how it applied to Him?
OPEN: There is a part of a basketball game that no spectator gets to see. No matter how important the ticket holder may be. No matter how much he’s paid for his seat. There is one event he will NOT be INVITED to observe. And yet this one event can change the entire course of a game. I’ve read ...read more
Contributed on Apr 1, 2007
When Jesus went to the Garden, He didn’t go alone. He took His friends with Him because this was a "full court press" kind of praying that He intended to do.
(We showed “full court press” schematics on the overhead. We found them at http://cldj.tripod.com/221fc.html) OPEN: Up on the screen you’re going to see a few basketball diagrams. Does anybody know what basketball strategy these diagrams are illustrating? (full court press) According to ...read more
Contributed on Apr 8, 2007
When Jesus died, the veil of the Temple was torn from top to bottom. What does this teach us about Jesus and the message of Christianity?
OPEN: Several years ago I was flipping thru the channels on my TV set and came across a scene of a well-known sitcom of the day. It was a courtroom comedy that I really didn’t like all that much, but what I saw on the screen at that moment caught my attention. The judge was sitting alone in his ...read more