The little village of Bethany is the place where mystery and majesty collide. It is the place where human power and hope come to their painful end. It is the place where the immortal utterance of Jesus, “I am the Resurrection and the Life,” is encountered in living color. Our friend Lazarus is sleeping, and I’m… Continue reading Mystery & Majesty
In John 11, we see that Martha was offended by Jesus. But why? There were three reasons. First, Jesus did not arrive in time to heal Lazarus. Second, Jesus’ words to the messenger could easily have been interpreted to mean that Lazarus would not die. Third, Jesus did not show up for Lazarus’ funeral. In the… Continue reading Offended by Jesus – A Case Study
One of the most debilitating forms of bondage that a Christian can know is the bondage of guilt. It’s paralyzing, depressing … devastating even. But Jesus Christ has removed your guilt. The blood of Christ is enough to satisfy a holy God and that blood looms larger in His eyes than any sin you or… Continue reading Set Free From Slavery
Ever since I can remember, I’ve known a God who seems to have the disturbing habit of leaving the scene when I most needed Him. When things got rough, He would often disappear. At least that’s how it seemed. The Lord will not always rescue you when you want Him to. And He certainly will… Continue reading The Resurrection and the Life
John paints the scene with graphic interest. Here is Bethany, the only place on earth that the Lord could feel at home. And tragically, the sweet oasis of Bethany is disrupted by death. Bethany, as Jesus knew it, had come to an end. Lazarus died. When Jesus became aware of this, He was master of… Continue reading Death in Bethany
Frank Viola, author, continues his series on his Patheos blog – frankaviola.org – featuring articles on the shocking beliefs of John Wesley, C.S. Lewis, Jonathan Edwards, etc. Future articles are planned for John Calvin, Luther, Spurgeon, Moody, and others.
‘Tis the look that melted Peter, ‘Tis the face that Stephen saw, ‘Tis the heart that wept with Mary, Can alone from idols draw. In Revise Us Again, I made the statement that as high as God is going to elevate you is as deep as He digs to lay the foundation. Sometimes the brightest… Continue reading Tis That Look