Draw Near: Introduction

Over the years people have visited the United States and come to the same conclusion. The secret to America’s vitality and freedom is the self-control afforded to the people of this nation by virtue of their relationship with God. The Harvard professor featured in this video, Dr. Clay Christensen, is asking the right question: “Where are the institutions that are going to teach the next generations that they too need to voluntarily choose to obey the laws? Because if you take away religion, you can’t hire enough police.”

Words are powerful.

The words of Jesus, especially so.

The Crucified Life Devotional provides a daily space in which we can meditate on Jesus’ final words from the cross. As we consider His Words, we understand and identify with His suffering in a way that challenges us, transforms us, and ultimately brings us hope.

This unique small group curriculum centers on a DVD teaching series exploring the Seven Last Words spoken by Christ on the cross. There are seven teaching sessions, one for each word spoken by Christ.

As you walk through the curriculum with a small group or Sunday School class, you will have the opportunity to hear in-depth Biblical teaching and openly discuss the teaching in your group. Together, you’ll observe a holy Lent as you study and delve deeply into God’s Word. You’ll also strengthen the bonds of community as you grow together, allowing your lives to be transformed by what you discover.

The Crucified Life is scheduled to be released in October. Pre-order The Crucified Life today!

Something else helped the men of D-day: their rockhard belief that Providence would have a great hand in the events that would unfold here; that God was an ally in this great cause. And, so, the night before the invasion, when Colonel Wolverton asked his parachute troops to kneel with him in prayer he told them: Do not bow your heads, but look up so you can see God and ask His blessing in what we’re about to do. Also that night, General Matthew Ridgway on his cot, listening in the darkenss for the promise God made to Joshua: “I will not fail thee nor forsake thee.” -Ronald Reagan, Normandy 6/6/1984

Ready to quit? Watch This!

Never Give Up!

How many times do we fall and then quit? The race is not over until it is over. The call of the Christian life is one of endurance. Again and again, the Scriptures summon us to pick up our cross and follow Jesus, to run the race and claim the prize!

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:1-2

Heather Dorniden falls but still wins the race in the 2008 Big 10 Indoor Track Championships 600 Meter Run. Inspiring!

Are Christians Narrow Minded?

This past Sunday, we heard the famous Gospel passage where Jesus says,

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except by me. –John 14:6

Here Jesus makes an exclusive claim to be the only way to God the Father–indeed here he claims to be God. When Christians quote Jesus’ words, it often leads to criticism of believers. The One Minute Apologist responds to the question “Are Christians Narrow Minded?”

What do you think?