166. The purpose of life is peace

One would think one is prepared for death. It is after all the only sure thing of our existence on earth.  Especially the death of a very old person.  A lengthening of her long, full life that has been in recent years reduced to a small world with only limited pleasure, would have been illogical and…

164. The purpose – our trademark

We have to know the character of the God who makes the promise.  We also have to know why we get involved with him in the first place.  It is fine to say God is good, but why does He care about me and why should I respond to him at all. Religion is not…

146. The feasting table of faith in the storm.

Continuing from the previous Pebbles…the disciples are in a panic.  They are struggling against wind and wave, fighting for their lives. Real life.  Circumstances are out of control without a clear resolution.  All the good intentions of calm sessions in therapy are thrown overboard when reality overwhelms purposeful and wise life goals.  Where, you may ask,…

138. He does what He said He would do.

[John 20] THE RESURRECTION Christianity as a whole is based on the Resurrection. It was customary to visit the tomb for three days after the burial.  They also believed that the spirit of the person hovered for three days and only then departed.  Thereafter the body would become unrecognizable through decay. For Jesus they could…

137. The cross and the grave.

[John 19:17-42] THE CROSS There was no death more terrible than by way of crucifixion.  Even the Romans trembled by the thought and found it despicable.  No Roman citizen could be crucified.  For a Roman, execution was mostly beheading or forced suicide by drinking poison.  Crucifixion was for slaves and criminals.  The cross was originally…

120. God in action!

[John 11] What is a miracle? It is an event in the lives of men that can only be explained in supernatural terms. The official definition underlines the mystery aspect of a highly improbable or extraordinary event. As the dictionary puts it: It is a surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural…

119. Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now?

[John 11] It is the one certainty of life. Death follows every life on earth. For as long as man draws breath, death is the existential fact of life, mystified into fearful speculation and hesitant philosophical debate. Death and the realm of death is a mystery that belongs to God. All that we have is…

118. I am a sheep.

[John 10] Do you know about sheep? They are peculiar animals; very different from cattle. Since the earliest times the Hebrews were sheep farmers. When Jacob and his family moved to Egypt in the famine and Joseph was second in command of all the land of Egypt, they received land away from the Egyptians and…

By the way…words of life.

Dear Pebble pals, I would like to share something very personal with you. I would like you to think about the following. We will continue our study of the Gospel of John next week. We are in the midst of the most important weekend of the Christian calendar. For years I have asked the Lord…

105. The One and Only, the One in All.

The package deal, is what we want. We have so many things pre-packaged. Somebody else thought long and hard and put things together to serve a combination of needs. Some may call it a hamper, some may call it the full meal deal, some may call it a wrap up – whatever the goodies inside…