Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Edited by Dee DeWitt

 

Holy week is the Hall of Fame week in world history. Why? Because Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and  Easter Sunday reveal God’s power to give meaning to Every Day of our lives.

 

Because of what Christ did those days we can know these days how to live daily with salvation’s joy.  Is your daily life filled with this joy?

 

As Jesus entered Jerusalem that Sunday, everyone in the region realized from that moment on there was no turning back.  Either His perfect love would win or the sinful nature of people & power would prevail.  Salvation’s freedom was at stake!

 

Would people’s shriveled hearts betray Jesus to the worldly authorities for crucifixion or would Jesus’ tender heart be tough enough to transform them?  The week unfolded in a way that both would happen.  By Jesus’ saving response to the dramatic tension during those days, we can know today the unending power of Jesus.

 

Two historical messages were given when Jesus prophetically rode a colt into Jerusalem and the crowd laid palm branches before him on what we call Palm Sunday. Read More »

Posted on 30 March, 2010 in Inspirational Stories, Spirituality
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Article by Malcolm Marler, Edited by Dee DeWitt

 

We are a busy people rushing through life.  And yet recently, a few people chose a different pace.

 

There was a woman in her thirties who was walking early one cold, wintry morning. You could see her breath in the air as she stopped at the corner a couple of blocks from her work waiting for the light to change.  Cars rushed by in the busy downtown city.

 

She waited until the light was red and the crosswalk signal was white, and then something happened. No one was sure if she stepped awkwardly off the curb, or if she became dizzy and just fell.

 

Regardless, the result was hard to watch.

 

She hit the pavement face first and lay motionless for a moment.  Cars hit their brakes.  A nurse was walking out of a nearby parking deck and saw the woman fall and came running to her aid.  ”Are you ok, ma’am, are you ok?!” she yelled. Read More »

Posted on 21 March, 2010 in Helping Others, Inspirational Stories, Simplify
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Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Edited by Dee DeWitt

 

The Bible is God’s storybook.  God wants us to know His story …

 

Not because He thought everyone would love Him because of the stories, though that was His hope.  Not because He thought everyone would get it, though that was His aim.  Not that he thought everyone would live better lives because of lessons learned from the stories, though that motivation moved Him.

 

Rather, He had the stories recorded because they give witness to His glorious acts of salvation and that whosoever had “eyes to see and ears to hear” would personally experience salvation by the stories delivered.

 

Acts is filled with good news stories, like Saul becoming Paul.  Saul, the terrorist, became the Apostle Paul who shared God’s open promise of salvation for all seekers.  On a walk to remember, towards Damascus, he was converted and called.  His call gave him his nickname, Apostle to the Gentiles.  God would use his life experiences to shape his future opportunities of service.

 

The same is true for you and me. Read More »

Posted on 15 March, 2010 in Inspirational Stories, Spirituality
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Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Edited by Dee DeWitt

 

Doubting Thomas is what most people call him.  The nickname “doubting” stuck to the Apostle because three times, at key points in Jesus’ ministry, he asked Jesus to explain himself.

 

Does asking God to clarify Himself mean that we lack faith?  Maybe.  It can be our way of stiff-arming God to keep Him at a distance, and our commitments to Him at a minimum.  Or, asking questions can be our faithful response of wanting more information, insight, and instruction so our faith in God can be best applied.

 

Which was it for Thomas?  Which is it for you?

 

Doubt expressed from the lips of Thomas came from his heart of faith.  Doubts formed in the mind of Thomas caused him to be more certain in his faith.

 

Thomas placed his doubts in the hands of God so his own hands would not be unnerved by what the future would demand of him.  He knew that the stakes of following Jesus were as high as heaven, and costly as the cross. Thomas shows us how to use doubt in the service of faith.

 

First, after questioning whether Jesus really wanted to put his life at risk by going near Jerusalem in order to help His friend Lazarus, Thomas said – upon seeing Jesus walking in that direction – “Let us go also, that we may die with him.” (John 11:1-16).

 

Secondly, after Jesus told the Apostles to not let their hearts be troubled because they would know the way to be with Him after His death, Thomas said, “Lord we do not know where you are going, how can we know the way?”  Thomas’ question set up Jesus to give the most powerful response, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, one comes to the Father through me.” (John 14:1-6). Read More »

Posted on 11 March, 2010 in Inspirational Stories, Spirituality
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Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Edited by Dee DeWitt

 

Zacchaeus was a seeker who wanted to become a believer.

 

The importance and urgency of his quest came together when he heard that Jesus was walking through his hometown of Jericho.  The “time” was now and he needed to get himself to Jesus.

 

But how?  As a short man he would not be able to see Jesus if he stood among the crowd.  So he saw a sycamore (fig & mulberry) tree as his way to Jesus.  With a short trunk and broad limbs this tree was easy for Zacchaeus to climb.  When Jesus saw him in the tree, he looked into Zacchaeus’ soul and saw a person who was living in public desperation.

 

Zacchaeus’ ached to live out the meaning of his name, “pure.”  He had heard Jesus say “blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.”  Zacchaeus wanted to heal the disconnect between who he could be and who he actually was.  Every seeker knows this ache.

 

So when Jesus called out to invite Zacchaeus to come down from the tree, He walked with him through the crowd and into his plush home … and Zacchaeus jumped to run into the changed life Jesus was offering him. Read More »

Posted on 2 March, 2010 in Inspirational Stories, Spirituality
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