Nearly 2,000 years ago, Jesus instituted a memorial of his death. In our assemblies at Laurel Canyon, we encourage those men who lead our minds in this observance to focus our attention and their comments on a specific passage of Scripture …Read More »
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Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a …Read More »
Famous “last words” are a special form of quotation and perspective that fascinate many people. Have you ever considered the last words of Jesus and what we can learn from them?
Words from the Cross
- Luke 23:33-34 — words of forgiveness that encapsulate his entire mission.
- Luke 23:39-43 — words of assurance that there is more than meets the earthly eye.
- John 19:25-27 — words of compassion that reveal his concern for his loved ones.
- Matt 27:45-46 — words of anguish that convey the horrific consequences of sin.
- John 19:28 — words of suffering that demonstrate his relatable humanity.
- John 19:30 — words of victory that reflect the fulfillment of God’s eternal purpose.
- Luke 23:45-46 — words of submission in anticipation of a reunion with his Father.
Gary Henry discusses the challenge of disciplining our feelings when necessary and maintaining our faith in the face of hardship and doubt. “Dark days need not be days of utter defeat.” Interesting thoughts from Evan Hughes about book publishers scrambling …Read More »
Hugo Chávez’s last words paint a picture of a man desperately clinging to life: “I don’t want to die. Please don’t let me die.” Denny Burk encourages us to use the opportunity to ask: “Will we be ready?” New figures …Read More »
When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. They cried out with a loud voice, "O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?" Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been. (Rev 6:9-11)
On this side of death, there are seasons wherein we struggle to maintain confidence in an all-present, all-powerful, all-knowing God who reigns supreme with perfect power and complete authority.
On this side of death, there are stormy days and nights that threaten to overwhelm our feeble grasps on the anchor of a God who is beyond reproach in his holiness and love.
On this side of death, there are heartbreaking moments that shake the very foundations of our faith in a God who is true and worthy of trust.
On this side of death, believers have no choice but to walk by faith (2 Cor 5:7).
But on the other side of death, how different is the story!Read More »
Gary Henry encourages us not to despise the daily grind. Why? Because that’s where the real growth takes place. In the Arms of Angels: Steven Deaton shares comfort from the Scriptures for those who are grieving the loss of loved …Read More »
Having studied the nature of God in general and the personality of the Holy Spirit in particular, this sermon explores the role of the Holy Spirit in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus with special emphasis on this point: the Spirit of worked in tandem with the Son of God that you might have a relationship with God.Read More »