I AM the Resurrection and the Life

By Barbara Rainey | April 17, 2022 | 1 Comment

“I AM the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in Me, though He die, yet shall He live.” John 11:25 Today we have arrived at the summit! The pinnacle moment of our faith. The tomb is empty … grave clothes vacant … stone rolled away! The Lamb of God has taken away the sins of […]

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Silent Saturday

By Barbara Rainey | April 16, 2022 | 4 Comments

“Silent Saturday” says it all. The hopes of all Jesus’ disciples were completely dashed. To watch the brutality of any crucifixion was difficult. To watch the One you loved and worshipped crucified and murdered unjustly was traumatic. As they mourned at home, it was the Sabbath, so no work was being done. Those who were […]

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I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life

By Barbara Rainey | April 15, 2022 | 1 Comment

“I AM the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6 This trinity of names illustrates well the message of the Cross. There is one way to God: Jesus the Messiah. There is one Truth: Jesus the Messiah. There is one Life Source, one Creator, […]

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I AM the True Vine

By Barbara Rainey | April 14, 2022 | 2 Comments

“I AM the True Vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.  … I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me  and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:1, 5 Horticulture is the symbol for this name Jesus speaks […]

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I AM the Good Shepherd

By Barbara Rainey | April 13, 2022 | 1 Comment

“I AM the Good Shepherd. I know my own and My own know Me. …  I lay down My life for My sheep.” John 10:14-15 Leaders are shepherds. Parents, teachers, coaches, mayors, governors, employers, pastors, priests, and every other titled position of authority implies a responsibility of caring, of shepherding the welfare of others. The […]

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I AM the Door

By Barbara Rainey | April 12, 2022 | 0 Comments

“I AM the Door. If anyone enters by Me, He will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.” John 10:9 Doors signal an entrance. Since the Garden of Eden’s passageway was marked by the cherubim and flaming sword entryways have been noted by man-made doors. Fashioned of stone or wood, leather […]

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I AM the Light of the World

By Barbara Rainey | April 11, 2022 | 1 Comment

“I AM the Light of the World. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 This second declaration of “I AM” during Holy Week was made in the temple, a place full of people and priests busy with the business of church. Most of those present […]

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I AM the Bread of Life

By Barbara Rainey | April 10, 2022 | 0 Comments

Holy Week is the most important week of the Christian calendar. To help you appreciate these last earthly days of Jesus’ life and to guide you into an experience of wonder and worship, I’ll be posting a short devotion each day here on the blog. My greatest prayer in the last eight years has been […]

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The Barbara Rainey Podcast: How the Passover Foreshadows Easter

By Barbara Rainey | April 7, 2022 | 0 Comments

Easter is just around the corner! As you’ve heard me say many times, Easter is about a LOT more than pastel colors, the Easter Bunny, and new clothes. And as the mother of six and grandmother to many more, I have often pondered how to raise the bar, so to speak, when it comes to […]

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7 Ways for Your Family to Experience the REAL Easter

By Barbara Rainey | April 4, 2022 | 0 Comments

Did you know that bunnies and chicks have nothing to do with Easter? What a surprise! Yes, I know that they are the focus of most Easter celebrations. They are comfortable and cute … unlike the cross and death at the center of the real Easter. What Jesus accomplished on the cross is the pivotal […]

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