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Good Morning July 24

The Apostle Paul was on trial because of his preaching. In his defense he spoke of the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The suffering and death are one thing, but when he got to the part about the resurrection it brought doubts and scoffing. The King’s advisor shouted “you are out of your mind, Paul. Your great learning is driving you insane.”(Acts 16:24) We can justify the suffering and death in a lot of different ways. Jesus was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He got the Jewish authorities up set, etc. But when you add the fact that God raised Him from the dead, you have a whole different picture. You have a God event that cannot be dismissed. Almighty God took a specific action in this person, Jesus Christ, in the midst of human history. This is certainly unusual, but it is not insane. This is a truth that all must face, and ask “Why?” The answer to that question impacts our lives to the very depth.

Good Morning September 30

The cross is a strange symbol because it is far more than a symbol. Some will use it as a fashion statement with no more meaning than that. Others keep it as a good luck charm. Still others demand that it not be displayed in some businesses or on public lands. Many only want the cross without the body of Christ hanging on it. Whether people like it or not, the cross of Christ looms large over all human life, requiring some kind of a reaction. It will be ignored, hated, fondled, or adored, but it remains very large in all life. A Roman execution that happened 2000 years ago declares that God acted in the midst of human life, and that action has not ceased to touch all lives. For some it is the declaration of God’s love, grace, and salvation. For others it is a gentle call of God’s Spirit urging them to find something more for their lives, even if they can’t identify it as God’s calling. For still other it is burning judgment that stirs a hatred for all that is of the one Holy Triune God. The cross is a dividing line for all human history. For us, it is our hope, and our calling to share the love we have been given in that wondrous sacrificial action of God.