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“Nourishment for the Journey”

by Tim Youngs When I’m on a road trip with my family, it’s important to me as the driver to take breaks to refresh myself and get an energy boost. It is imperative that I nourish my physical body and maintain an alert mind for safety on the road. With my mind and body strengthened, my […]

“Foot Washing: Empty Ritual or Full Symbol?”

by Israel Steinmetz From an outsider’s view, Christianity is full of strange rituals. Even in non-liturgical churches like ours there is plenty of strangeness. We gather groups of people who mostly cannot sing and sing together every week. We dunk people under water as an initiation rite. We have a specialized language and social structure. […]

Baptism Through the Bible

The word baptism and its variants appear almost one hundred times in the New Testament, but never in the Old Testament. Something exceptional was happening on the sandy banks of the Jordan River in anticipation of the Messiah and His kingdom, something unique to the redemptive event of Jesus Christ, something that would remain a […]

“Decisive Win”

by Andrea Slawson How would you feel going into your favorite competitive sport against a formative opponent, knowing without a doubt you would win? Would you go in confident, maybe even a little bold or cocky? I’m pretty sure that’s how I’d face it, yet in the battles life throws at us, we tend to […]

“I Thirst!”

by Jason Overman He had plenty of water to make wine for a wedding, to wash the disciples’ feet (John 2:7; 13:5), but now there was none. There had been water enough for Pilate to wash guilty hands, but on the cross Innocence cried out, “I thirst!” (Matthew 27:24; John 19:28). Two heartrending, heart-healing words […]

“Through His Eyes”

by Dorothy Nimchuk Jesus had been the central figure in the kangaroo court charade. Now, nailed to the cross, in the midst of untold pain, He viewed the gathered crowd. The chief priests and elders had been quick to mock: “He saved others. If He is truly the Son of God, let Him save Himself […]

“Take This Cup”

by David Kidd Have you ever wondered why Jesus prayed, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done” (Luke 22:42, NKJV; author’s emphasis)? At the Lord’s Supper we often emphasize the terrible physical aspect of the cup of Jesus’ sufferings (the brutal cup): the floggings, the crown of […]

“Betrayed!”

by Laurie Crowson “I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill this passage of Scripture: ‘He who shared my bread has turned against me.’ I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who […]

Come to the Birth

A day of trouble, rebuke, and blasphemy was upon the Israelites as Assyria laid siege to Jerusalem (Isaiah 37:2-4). They had a vicious battle on their hands, with no hope of deliverance. King Hezekiah sent his emissaries to the prophet Isaiah with a special message: “the children have come to birth, but there is no […]

“Three Triumphant Words”

by R. Herbert Most of us know how it feels to finally accomplish something we have worked toward for a long time: a goal, a dream, a project to which we have dedicated time and energy. Even with small-scale things, it can be a triumphant feeling. The larger the accomplishment, the greater the triumph, thankfulness, […]