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THE GOD I KNOW BY LOVE
Imagine walking into your church, and instead of seeing the Crucifixion Cross prominently displayed, your eyes are drawn to an electric chair near the altar. Picture the cover of your Bible, with The Cross replaced by "the chair."
The more you glance around, the more you notice the eponymous symbol for modern execution on display from every angle. All the crosses in your church have been replaced by electric chairs.
We are used to seeing the cross Christ hung on as a symbol of hope, salvation, forgiveness, and peace. We take comfort in what the Cross has come to represent.
In fact, I rarely associate the image of The Cross with the brutality of what took place on it, or leading up to the time Jesus spent on it.
Colton Dixon is on American Idol TONIGHT (3/28/13) so I called his cell to get the scoop on what he's doing!
We also talked about Easter with his family and the significance it plays in his faith. Click here for the mp3 audio!
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Pilate passed the buck. After the Jewish council decided that Jesus was a huge problem for their politics, they sent him to the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate. Pilate couldn’t find Jesus guilty of any real crime, so he said so. Then the people of Jerusalem started pushing back. In fear of a revolt, he looked for another option. After hearing that Jesus was from Nazareth, he passed the buck and sent Jesus to Herod. As a Galilean, Jesus could fall under Herod’s jurisdiction, so Pilate passed the buck to someone else.
Here's a few examples from my city you can tweak toward your own city.
Take the kids on a hike. Red Rock Canyon, Gold Strike Canyon, Valley of Fire, Zion National Park etc.
Take the kids on a picnic.
Find an indoor Run Plus Fun or Bounce U (Indoor jumpers & slides for the kids)
Dye eggs with Kool Aid packets. Here's the recipe.
You’ve heard about the American Pastor Saeed Abedini who is being held in prision in Iran for his Christian faith. He was born in Iran, but he’s an American citizen. His wife & kids live in Idaho, but he also has extended family in Iran. He's bee held in solitary confinement in Evin Prison, in Iran for months. Here is the entire letter he wrote to his wife about forgiveness & torture. This breaks my heart.
Plumb talks about battling with anxiety & panic attacks as a teenager.
Plumb talks about some big girl decisions she had to make as a wife & mother regarding ADHD, anxiety and parenting.
Plumb talks about her morning routine & why she decided to start a school in her community.
Vince Antonucci, is lead pastor at Verve in Las Vegas. He's also the author of Renegade: Your Faith Isn't Meant To Be Safe.
He was on our show talking about about discovering your calling, taking risk and how the point of the spiritual life isn't really "growth."
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John Piper has a Holy Week devotional he just released as a FREE e-book.
This might be great reading plan to challenge your faith and help you understand the significance & real love behind Christ's death & resurrection.