Eyewitness to Easter: Doubting Thomas

Upon the arrest of Jesus, the disciples disperse and only John mentioned at the cross and crucifixion.  We don’t know where the other disciples were or if they were watching from afar, which seems likely. We do know they feel lost and unsure of what’s next, believing Jesus is the Messiah.  After Jesus resurrection, we are told “That evening, the […]

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Behind the Song: On Eagle’s Wings

Father Jan Michael Joncas was returning from a meal with his friend, Doug Hall, when he discovered Hall’s father had died of a heart attack. Father Joncas longed to find a way to console his friend. In a published  interview he recalled  “I knew this was a hard, hard experience in anybody’s life, [and I] just wanted to create something […]

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Behind the Song: Holy Ground

Have you ever had an experience where you felt you were standing on Holy Ground? Moses was told “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” {Exodus 3:5; see also Acts 7:32-33} The song We Are Standing On Holy Ground was written by Geron Davis. The song […]

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Names of God: El Emunah

El Emunah means The Faithful God. Numbers 23:19 tells us “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Jeremiah 32:17 tells us “Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and […]

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The Seven Deacons: Nicholas

Nicholas is the last of the deacons selected as mentioned in Acts 6. The name Nicholas is Greek and means victorious over people. He came from Antioch and the book of Acts states he converted to Judaism. He is described as being ordained by Peter. There are writings, although considered murky if this relates to the disciple, stating “He abandoned […]

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Hope in the Bible: Jesus Raises from the Grave

We all need hope and the greatest hope comes in Jesus Christ.  He provided hope for his followers when he rose from the grave. The other day, we discussed how uncertain times were for the disciples and women who followed Jesus. He had been crucified and was gone. Their hearts heavy as they celebrated the sabbath. Mary Magdalene and some […]

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Behind the Easter Hymn: They Could Not

They Could Not is an inspirational song sung by Sandi Patty, which reminds us they could not keep Jesus in the grave.The popular Easter song was written by Ron Harris and Claire Cloninger. The song was first published in 1981 by Ron Harris music.What a great reminder that the grave could not hold Jesus. For this reason, we have the […]

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Names of God: El Elyon

El Elyon means Most High or the Most High God. Deuteronomy 26:19 New International Version (NIV) 19 He has declared that he will set you in praise, fame and honor high above all the nations he has made and that you will be a people holy to the Lord your God, as he promised. Psalm 18:13 New International Version (NIV) 13 The Lord thundered from heaven;    the voice of the Most High resounded. […]

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The Seven Deacons: Parmenas

Parmenas is listed as one of the Seven Deacons. The name Parmenas is Greek and means that abides or is permanent. He is believed to have preached the gospel in Asia Minor.  Parmenas was said to have settled down in Macedonia Christian tradition identifies him as the Bishop of Soli. Some historians  believe this is Soli, Cyprus, Greece while others believe […]

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Behind the Hymn: Beneath the Old Olive Tree

Neath the Old Olive Trees is a hymn I discovered only a few years ago, from a dear friend. The song was written by Baylus Benjamin {or B.B.} McKinney. The song was published in 1929 and renewed in 1957 by the Broadman Press. McKinney was born July 22, 1886 in Louisiana. He was an alumnus of Louisiana College in Pineville, […]

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The Seven Deacons: Timon

The name Timon is Greek and means to honour or to esteem. Timon is listed in Act 6:1-7 as one of the seven deacons. Timon was said to have been a Hellenized Jew who became a bishop in Greece or in Bosra, Syria. His preaching brought the ire of the local governor, who martyred him with fire. He is counted […]

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Behind the Song: Via Dolorosa

The Via Dolorosa is a popular song, made popular by Sandi Patty. The song tells the story of Jesus journey carrying his cross down the Via Dolorosa to the hill of Golgotha, where he would hang on the cross and die.The song was written by Billy Sprague and Niles Borop. The song was first published in 1983 by Capitol CMG. […]

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