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Isaiah 53 Video

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Isaiah 53 Video

Bible Readings for the Events of Holy Week

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Holy Week is the week from Palm Sunday and Resurrection Sunday. This period covers the final events of Christ’s life, starting with the Triumphant Entry on Palm Sunday, until He was betrayed, tried, and crucified–and ultimately resurrected! It can be confusing because there are four gospels containing the events, so I wanted to provide a list of where you’ll find each event in each of the gospels. Download a free reading chart as my gift to you. These readings, divided into 33 events, also correspond to the 33 crossword puzzles in my latest volume of Crossword Bible Studies.   Bible Readings for the Events of Holy Week The Triumphant Entry Matthew 21:1-11 Mark 11:1-11 Luke 19:29-44 John 12:9-19 Jesus Curses a Fig Tree Matthew 21:18-22 Mark 11:12-14 Mark 11:20-26 Jesus Cleanses the Temple Matthew 21:12-17 Mark 11:15-19 Luke 19:45-48 Jesus Foretells His Death John...

God’s Grace for Depression

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The past month has been challenging. My brother came home with a chest cold and my mom promptly caught it, exactly one year after she had been in the hospital because her heart caused fluid to build up in her lungs until she nearly drowned. I took care of her around the clock and we both went three consecutive nights without sleep at all. One night, she coughed with every single breath and I was scared to death. Fortunately, I never caught their chest cold and they are both well now. But three nights without sleep played havoc with my mental health. One of the obvious symptoms of bipolar mania is the increased energy that reduces my need for sleep. But when circumstances disrupt a healthy sleep pattern, the lack of sleep can also signal my brain to trigger mania, which is what happened. You know what they say: “the higher you go, the harder you fall.” When mania dies out, it crashes...

I Have a Rare Disease #RareDiseaseDay

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In January 2000, I woke up with one eye dilated. When it didn’t go away, I called the doctor who saw me immediately. There was concern that I could have a brain tumor. That was scary. The nurse called around to find an ophthalmologist who could see me right away. The eye doctor tested some eye drops in my eyes and determined I had a neurological disease called Adie’s Tonic Pupil. He prescribed some eye drops that I could use to force my pupil constrict and he added, “You can look it up on the Internet. If there are any new treatments available, let me know.” Jaw dropping. Back in 2000, the Internet was less helpful than it is today. But that’s when I discovered NORD, the National Organization of Rare Disorders. They listed Adie’s Tonic Pupil or Adie’s Syndrome as a rare disorder affecting fewer than 10,000 people. I ordered the report from NORD...

Where Did You Get the Idea for Your Most Recent Book, Chosen?

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When most people read the biblical narrative of the birth of Christ, they see a perfect, holy family fulfilling God’s perfect plan. When I read the biblical narrative of the birth of Jesus, I see a teenage girl who got pregnant and everyone thought the worst about her. Her own boyfriend assumed she’d been unfaithful. The gossip and public shame became so great the poor girl left town to visit her cousin. She stayed with her cousin three months. An angel helped straighten things out between the engaged couple, but then they were called upon to travel several days to Bethlehem at the very time Mary was to give birth. They were poor and the town was full because of the census. They had to give birth in an unsanitary barn. Then, to make matters worse, an angel told the young family to flee to Egypt because this newborn baby was on Israel’s Most Wanted List. King Herod had it out for the...