Damage Control and Divine Disruption

By Barbara Rainey | March 31, 2016 | 4 Comments

The disappearance of Jesus created a crisis of truly epic proportions for the Pharisees, elders, and chief priests. They spent the previous three years trying to discredit and trap this Man so they could get rid of Him. Once He was on the cross that Good Friday morning, they returned to their duties performing Passover sacrifices […]

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By Barbara Rainey | March 30, 2016 | 1 Comment

Easter Sunday has come and gone. We consumed our deviled eggs wearing new spring dresses and are likely counting down the weeks to summer. Though thankful for Jesus’ sacrifice, we’re back to our regular grind. But do you imagine the disciples were back to their normal routines three short days later? How could they have been? […]

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Stunned by Death

By Barbara Rainey | March 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Yesterday we marked the anniversary of the most miraculous moment since the dawn of time. Today, though, how changed are we by the remembrance? Of course we weren’t there that day so we use the agility of our made-in-His-image brains to imagine what that experience must have been like. I find it takes focus to […]

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I AM: the Way, the Truth, and the Life

By Barbara Rainey | March 25, 2016 | 1 Comment

By the time the Friday-morning sun dawned, Jesus had endured 12 grueling hours of incessant questions, beating, and mocking. He hadn’t been offered a bed to sleep in. He wasn’t offered the chance to rest until He could hire an attorney. No. At eight o’clock in the morning the death sentence was pronounced on Jesus, […]

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I AM: The Good Shepherd

By Barbara Rainey | March 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Have you ever bargained with God? You know the spiel— “God, please, if You just heal my child I’ll do ANYTHING. I swear. I’ll move to Africa. I’ll forgive my mom. I’ll forgive my husband! I’ll even still tell people about You, the one who gave me a child who’s sick all the time!” Sound […]

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