Contributed on Mar 2, 2003
Caiaphas was allowed to give one of the most powerful prophecies regarding Jesus’ mission to earth. And yet, Caiaphas was a ruthless, ungodly and illegitimate High Priest. Why would God use him for this purpose?
OPEN: A mother shared this incident about taking her son to the doctor: “Because of an ear infection, my young son, Casey, had to go to the pediatrician. I was impressed with the way the doctor directed his comments and questions to my son. When he asked Casey, "is there anything you are allergic ...read more
Contributed on Mar 9, 2003
There was one phrase that Jesus never used of Himself... but when others used it, dramatic things would happen. What was that phrase?
OPEN: A Jewish father was concerned about his son. He had not truly raised him to be grounded in the faith of Judaism… So, hoping to remedy this he sent his son to Israel so the boy could experience his heritage. A year later the young man returned home. He said, "Father, thank you for sending ...read more
Contributed on Mar 16, 2003
Was Judas a good man or bad? What can his actions warn us of in our own walk with God?
OPEN: When a couple caught an intruder in their bedroom, the thief pulled a gun and announced, "Now that you’ve seen me, I’m going to have to shoot you." He pointed his gun at the woman and said, "I like to know the names of my victims. What’s your name?" "Elizabeth," the woman replied. ...read more
Contributed on Mar 23, 2003
Pilate questioned Jesus’ version truth, but he’s not the only one who ever questioned "truth?" What lay at the heart of his objections is the same reason many reject truth today.
OPEN: Two psychiatrists were at a convention. As they visiting, one asked, "What was your most difficult case?" The other replied, "I had a patient who lived in a pure fantasy world. He believed that an uncle in South America was going to die and leave him a fortune. All day long he waited for ...read more
Contributed on Mar 28, 2003
The crowd called for the blood of an innocent man to be upon them and their children... what were they thinking?
INTERESTING ANSWERING MACHINE MESSAGES: * Hello, you are talking to a machine... I am capable of receiving messages... My owners do not need siding, windows or a hot tub, and their carpets are clean. They give to charity at the office and don’t need their picture taken. If you’re still with me, ...read more
Contributed on Apr 6, 2003
The insults, tauntings and cruelty the soldiers inflicted on Jesus makes many angry. It also hurts us when people in our own day attack Jesus. How should we respond to those who insult and mistreat our Jesus?
OPEN: (TRUE STORY) A detective, was investigating a church burglary. But he had a problem: the suspect (who he just knew had committed the crime) wouldn’t admit to it. Finally, the preacher of the church stepped in and asked to speak to the suspect alone. Within minutes, the preacher emerged and ...read more
Contributed on Apr 11, 2003
The story of the thief on the cross is one of the most powerful in all the Gospels. But it is possible to get some wrong impressions from what this teaches us.
OPEN: A minister was talking to a professing Christian and asked him if he was active in his local Church. The man responded, "No, but the dying thief wasn’t active in a local Church and he was still accepted". The minister then asked if the man had been baptized. He said, "No, but the dying ...read more
Contributed on Apr 20, 2003
The Chief Preists and Teachers of the Law challenged Jesus to save Himself, come down off the cross... then they’d believe in Him. Why didn’t He do that?
OPEN: April 15th was just this past week, and I ran across this bit of information about the IRS that I wanted to share with you this morning. According to the "Newhouse News Service:" Over the past 193 years, the federal government has received approximately $4 million in unsolicited funds from ...read more
Contributed on Apr 27, 2003
Something happened the day Jesus was crucified that turned a callous Roman Centurion into a worshipper at the cross. It was something he "saw" and something he "heard." But what?
OPEN: Years ago when I was in Bible college, a movie premiered in the movie theatres that some friends of mine and I wanted to attend. What struck me as I watched, were the powerful images of Christianity in the movie. The movie? It was called "The Poseidon Adventure." How many of you have seen ...read more