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We have hope in and through the Lord Jesus Christ. We know that our Lord died for our sins and was resurrected from the dead. In Him, we have a victorious hope.I read the story of two brilliant young men in England who were both students at the University of Oxford in the 1740s. George Lyttleton and Gilbert West agreed if they could disprove the conversion of Saul of Tarsus to Christianity and the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead that they could destroy Biblical Christianity. Lyttleton investigated the conversion of the Apostle Paul while West intended to demonstrate the resurrection of Christ was false. They decided to meet together a year later to discuss their findings. Each planned to do a thorough examination and bring Christianity down.When they came together the next year, George Lyttleton said to Gilbert West, “After a year of investigation, I am convinced of the conversion of the Apostle Paul and I too have been converted.” Gilbert West replied, “As I have spent the past year investigating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, I too have discovered that it is an undeniable fact. And this may surprise you, but I have received Jesus as my personal Saviour. I am saved!”While these men sought to destroy the hope that is found only in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, they had instead discovered true, victorious hope in the Lord Jesus Christ. The reality is that Jesus Christ is raised from the dead and He is alive! Every truth seeker must come face to face with the undeniable fact of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.Thomas Arnold, the famous headmaster of Rugby School and author of the three volume set of History of Rome, declared, “I know of no one fact in the history of mankind which is proved by better or fuller evidence of every sort, to the understanding of a fair enquirer, than the great sign which God has given us that Christ died and rose again from the dead.” We can rest assured from both a biblical and historical perspective that Jesus Christ is alive. We have victorious hope that is enduring, everlasting, and eternal in Jesus.Let us offer victorious hope to those around us who do not know the Saviour. Let us be His witnesses during this season of pandemonium. Let us proclaim the death, burial, and resurrection to our family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers!
Pro-life supporters have reacted with shock and deep sadness to the disclosures in a new study laying bare the truly horrifying impact of the new abortion law in Ireland. The study, published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, is based on interviews with 10 doctors involved in performing abortions in Ireland. It quotes […]
Back in September we reposted a story that told the grim truth about the fate of babies with Down syndrome in Denmark. In 2019 there were virtually none—just 18! I immediately thought of that story and of the 2017 story from CBS News about Iceland titled “What kind of society do you want to live […]
The commemoration we recognize each year came out of a deep view of providence and everyday gratitude to God.Studying all extant eyewitness accounts of the first Thanksgiving is not difficult. It requires reading just 152 words, written in late 1621 by Plymouth colony statesman Edward Winslow: Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after have a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors; they four in one day killed as much fowl, as with a little help beside, served the company almost a week, at which time amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest King Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation and bestowed on our governor, and upon the captain, and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.The celebration bore marked differences from some traditional portrayals. The 90 Wamponoags present were nearly double the 50 Englishmen still alive after their first grueling winter in Plymouth, down from 102 who arrived on the Mayflower. It probably took place outdoors, in September or October rather than November. They ate more venison and seafood than turkey, berries rather than pumpkin pies.In some quarters, it has become popular to suggest even deeper differences between traditional American Thanksgiving celebrations and what occurred at Plymouth in 1621. Contrary to the traditional portrayal of families gathered around their tables with heads bowed in prayer, some historians question whether Christian spirituality should be associated ...Continue reading...
Let incisive comedy give us “eyes to see.” The weekend after the election, I was exhausted like the rest of the country, and my spirit was in need of a good sermon. Thankfully, all I had to do was tune into Saturday Night Live to hear from the great American preacher himself: Dave Chappelle.As he stepped onto the iconic SNL stage to bring his long-awaited word, I smiled at his familiar Washington, DC, swagger. I’ve been a fan of Chappelle since he played comic Reggie Warrington in the Eddie Murphy classic The Nutty Professor. He has shaped the voice of comedy over three decades, and as he has evolved, comedy has grown with him.Standups historically have pushed boundaries, skewered politics, and forced us to see the absurdity in our society. But Chappelle has been willing to do so with moral heft and ethical grounding rather than comedic detachment. He jokes, smokes, curses, and shouts, but like a preacher in the heat of a sermon, there’s a point to it. He is a pastor among comedians, and once again he’s got a message for us.“Don’t even want to wear your mask because it’s oppressive? Try wearing the mask I been wearing all these years. I can’t even tell something true unless it has a punchline behind it,” Chappelle said during his 16-minute SNL monologue. “You guys aren’t ready. You’re not ready for this. You don’t know how to survive yourselves. Black people, we’re the only ones that know how to survive this. … You need us. You need our eyes to save you from yourselves.”The best comedians, like the best preachers, give us eyes to see. For black comedians, though they’re after laughs, their perspective stems from trauma and suffering.“If we really took a closer look ...Continue reading...
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