Here is a spoken word by Odd Thomas on Good Friday. He compares our trivial notions of suffering (like missing our morning cup of coffee from Star Bucks) to the agony of the cross that Jesus bore.

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Since the four gospels tell the same story from four different viewpoints, they can be consolidated and arranged in order to see a clearer picture. The following is an attempt to put the resurrection story together in 20 events—beginning with Resurrection Sunday and ending with the Lord’s ascension to heaven. Each event contains a brief explanation and a list of citations from Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts.

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Everything about the Christian life hinges on the fact that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. His resurrection insures our regeneration, justification, sanctification, vocation, resurrection, and glorification. Without the resurrection, none of these blessings is possible. This wallpaper reminds us why the resurrection of Jesus Christ is significant to us.

Upon a life I did not live, upon a death I did not die, I risk my whole eternity on the resurrection.

—Charles Spurgeon

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Ad hominem, Latin for to the person, is the phrase used to describe an argument for truths based on fictitious evidence. In a formal sense, it is logic based on the authority of one who doesn’t exist.

Paul said to the Corinthians, “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain” (1 Cor. 15:14). In other words, if Jesus didn’t rise from the grave, all of Christianity is ad hominem.

The resurrection of Christ matters more than you might think. Here are six reasons why the resurrection is significant to you as a Christian.

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In his farewell message, Paul rested safely in Christ knowing he had fought the good fight of faith (2 Tim. 4:7). He had waged the good fight all of his Christian life. And from the inspired words of Scripture, God calls each of us to fight the good fight of faith by putting the gospel first and making it most important.

When the ship is in the ocean, everything is fine. When the ocean is in the ship, you are in trouble.

Unknown Author

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Suffering comes to us in many forms—sickness, death, persecution, slander, betrayal, natural disasters, and more. Some of which sovereignly rains on both the sinner and the saved. But for the saved, there is purpose in suffering (Rom. 8:28).

Puritan John Flavel (1630-1691) knew much about suffering. In his lifetime, he lost three wives, a son, and his parents. Flavel was also ejected from the Church of England for refusing to conform to unbiblical worship. He cited at least eight reasons God allows Christians to suffer.

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David, after his affair with Bathsheba and his murder of Uriah, recognized how horrendous his sin was against God, blamed no one but himself, and begged for divine forgiveness. We desired a clean heart.

Fear is an indicator that our souls are hungry for hope. And the only foods that will really nourish the soul are God’s promises.

—Jon Bloom

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 7:00 am