The very first thing written in the entire New Testament are these words: “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”
I am so grateful that God gives us second chances. (and third, and fourth, and…)
Following Jesus is not a private affair. If people that I know are surprised to find out that I am a Christian, then I am probably not.
This list is a pipe dream. It is an unattainable achievement. Each and every one of the Ten Commandments, each and every one of us have broken over and over again.
But you have a custom of asking me to release one prisoner each year at Passover. Would you like me to release this ‘King of the Jews’?” But they shouted back, “No! Not this man. We want Barabbas!” (Barabbas was a revolutionary.) (John 18:39-40) Read: 2 Samuel 15:23 – 16:23, John 18:25 – 19:22, Psalm 119:113-128, Proverbs…
The hyssop was a tool that demonstrated that life can begin again after the tragedy of death has struck. It is a tool that washes what it touches so that those who have become unclean need not remain so forever.
“I met my father for the first time when I was 28 years old. I made up my mind that when I had children, my children were going to know who their father was.”