"Foot Washing: Empty Ritual or Full Symbol?"

“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 … Read the rest

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Baptism Through the Bible

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 … Read the rest

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"Decisive Win"

“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 Read the rest

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“I Thirst!”

“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 Read the rest

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"Through His Eyes"

“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: Read the rest

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"Take This Cup"

“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 Read the rest

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"Betrayed!"

“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 Read the rest

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Come to the Birth

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 … Read the rest

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"Three Triumphant Words"

“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, Read the rest

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“The Battle in the Garden”

“The Battle in the Garden”

by Loren Stacy

As we approach our annual commemoration of the Lord’s Supper, our minds focus on our Lord’s death that He suffered in our place to pay the just penalty for our sins. What Jesus did on the mount Read the rest

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