Is Your Easter Focused on Trappings or Truth?

TRAPPINGS...?  Easter Trappings

Empty Tomb...OR TRUTH?

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importanceThat Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. (I Cor. 15:3-5)

A recent radio advertisement invited listeners to purchase their Easter ‘goodies’ to celebrate what Easter is about: Easter baskets, Easter eggs, lilies and sweets, a time to go to church with your family, and most of all—gathering all the family for a special, and delicious Easter dinner with all the trappings.

A simple review of Easter advertisements today—including some church ads—will not offer much insight into what this most significant of Christian holidays is actually about—the celebration of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. Whatever we make of it, the truth is, He is risen! Of course, I’m not so naïve as to think that merchants have any motivation whatsoever to make much of Christ’s resurrection as a way of selling products. After all, chocolate bunnies and Easter eggs are much more marketable.

But as Christians, what do we make of Easter?

It Runs in the Family... Or Does It?


“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 4

The teacher asked her class to say why they believed in God. There were a variety of answers from “I don’t know” to “I just believe it”. When it came time for Jimmy to give an answer, he didn’t hesitate. He shrugged his shoulder and said, “It runs in the family.”

I was blessed to be part of that kind of family. I have vivid memories of my parents and grandparents kneeling in their living room with other believers praying for the lost in our city, and that their children and grandchildren would walk in the truth. While I am grateful that our daughters know the Lord and are teaching the truth to their children, I cannot take for granted that my grandchildren will embrace the truth simply because it runs in the family.

Getting the Word... At High Speed!

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“So is my Word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but… will achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”  (Isaiah 55:11) 

What grandparent wouldn’t love knowing their grandchildren are getting into God’s Word more? I know I want to see my grandchildren digging into God’s Word. I don’t think there’s anything like reading the Word, but the second-best option is for them to listen to it regularly. I know if I can get my grandkids to listen to the Word, they are very likely to start reading it too.

That’s why I’m excited about High Speed Luke. That’s what I said… High Speed Luke. I know what you’re thinking, and when I first heard about this Bible tool, I was very skeptical too. Now, I am believer, and I think you will be too.

So, I’ll let the founder, Tom Helling, tell you about High Speed Luke and how it came about. If you’re a skeptic like I was, you need to read this. After you read about it, if you have grandkids between the ages of 8 and 25, I urge to you to go to the High Speed Luke web site and get your grandkids into the Word… fast!

What Can the Past Ever Say to Us?


“I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.” 2 Pet. 1:15

There is a pervasive attitude among many in the modern world that discounts the value of anything from the past for the present. As life has sped up through technology and soundbites, many discount the past by saying, “What can the past ever say to us?” Os Guinness (author of Impossible People) says we live with an “absurd ‘anti-oldies’ movement”. With such a view, things like music, values, traditions that are older than a decade are simply rejected as obsolete. Guinness quotes one conservative British cabinet members as saying, “Someone needs to fight the selfish, shortsighted old. They are the past, not the future.”

Our Words Matter

Words Have Power

“A healing tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it crushes the spirit.”  Prov. 15:4 (NASB)

While a student at Denver Seminary (a very long time ago), then president Dr. Vernon Grounds, made an indelible impression upon this young, naïve seminarian. Dr. Grounds went out of his way to greet each student he encountered with a genuine word of encouragement and value. That was his way, and in his company, not only did I feel like the most important person on campus, I also knew that he believed God had great plans for my life.

There was, on the other hand, a professor who didn’t particularly care for me, and who made it very clear that he considered me nothing more than an “average” student who, in his opinion, “would never amount to anything.”  Which of the two do you think stirred life and hope into my spirit, and which crushed my spirit? I wish I could say that Dr. Grounds’ life-giving words had more impact on me than the latter, but for a long time I felt my spirit crushed -- something very hard to repair.

The spirit of children and youth are especially easily damaged and crushed by our words, if we are careless with them.

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