A Lesson Learned Amid COVID

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2 ESV). The COVID Problem After nearly four months of the most unprecedented world events any of us has ever experienced, we are, Lord willing, continuing to make our way out of this pandemic. I plan to go back to devoting these articles in the Good News to sharing truths that will strengthen our faith and prepare us to give an answer for the hope we have within us. But before I move away from sharing my thoughts on living through all the bizarre events that have taken […]

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C.O.V.I.D.

He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new” (Revelation 21:5 NASB). As we are now in the midst of our third month of the COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted to take a step back from my usual focus on Christian apologetics and encourage you with a simple COVID acronym that will help us shift our focus and strengthen our resolve during this unprecedented season of shutdowns and social distancing. For too long the word “COVID” has injected fear, confusion, uncertainty, doubt, and perhaps even anger into our hearts.  To be sure, much of the so-called […]

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Amid COVID – Sow Seeds of Righteousness

“Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers righteousness on you” (Hosea 10:12). As a pastor, it is important for me to keep track of current events, both here in South Florida and throughout the world, so that I may know how best to minister to our congregation and how to pray for all of you and for our world. But as a man whose sinful flesh is stained by sin and selfishness, there are times I’d really rather […]

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Cross Ministry Shifts From Quilts to Masks

As the pastor of Cross Community Church in Deerfield Beach, when we launched in March of 2012, God brought to us our very first ministry of service to Him, The Cross Quilting Ministry. For the past eight years, the Cross quilters have been making and delivering quilts with the Word of God woven into each one, to a variety of different individuals in need, from the sick and dying, to the homebound, homeless and imprisoned. But when this Coronavirus Pandemic hit, all that changed overnight. From Quilts to Masks On March 24th, 2020, Joyce Kauffman asked the leader of the […]

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Was Jesus Really Seen Alive After the Cross?

Christians celebrate the most joyful of days this month: Easter, the day which commemorates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Lamb who was slain for the sins of all who will trust in Him for eternal salvation. I have been presenting the capsulized presentation of my study, Resurrection: Fact or Fiction? We have discussed the first three of the Four Easter E’s:   Exist – Did Jesus Exist? Executed – Was Jesus Executed? Empty Tomb – Was Jesus’ tomb Empty? Eyewitnesses – Were there Eyewitness accounts?  We’ll conclude this series with the fourth and final E – Was Jesus Seen Alive?  […]

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Was The Tomb Really Empty?

Christianity is the most verifiable religion in the world; it makes truth claims that can be investigated and demonstrated to be true. As we move toward our celebration of Easter, I have been presenting a capsulized version of my study, Resurrection: Fact or Fiction? We have already discussed the first two of the Four Easter E’s: Exist – Did Jesus Exist? Executed – Was Jesus Executed? Empty Tomb – Was Jesus’ tomb Empty? Eyewitnesses – Were there Eyewitness accounts?   Let’s examine the third E – Was Jesus’ Tomb Empty? On Good Friday, Jesus Christ died on the cross. Most […]

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Execution – Was Jesus executed?

Christianity is the number one most verifiable (or falsifiable) religion in the world, because Christianity makes truth claims that can be investigated historically and proven to be true or false. Last month I began to present a capsulized version of my study, Resurrection: Fact or Fiction? We took a long look at the first of what I call the Four Easter E’s: Exist – Did Jesus Exist? Executed – Was Jesus Executed? Empty Tomb – Was Jesus’ tomb Empty? Eyewitnesses – Were there Eyewitness accounts?   This month we’ll examine the second E – Was Jesus Executed? Did Jesus really […]

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Resurrection: Fact or Fiction – Did Jesus Exist?

Christianity is the number one most verifiable (or falsifiable) religion in the world.  Why? Because Christianity makes truth claims that can be investigated historically and proven to be either true or false. Over the next four months, I want to present to you the four proofs supporting the resurrection of Jesus Christ, from both secular and biblical writings, agreed upon by a wide spectrum of New Testament scholars, both Christian and critical. In my study “Resurrection: Fact or Fiction,” I call them my 4 Easter E’s : Exist – did Jesus Exist? Executed – was Jesus Executed? Empty Tomb – […]

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Listen to Linus

“That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.” – A Charlie Brown Christmas As a little boy growing up, and still to this day as a husband and father of four, of all the television specials that have aired during the Christmas season, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is my favorite. When I was a boy, my mom and I would search the TV Guide (younger readers may be surprised to learn that one actually had to consult a magazine or newspaper to see what would be on TV) to see when the Christmas special would air so we would not […]

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Thankful To Whom?

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Last November I wrote about the extent to which America’s Thanksgiving celebration bears wonderful witness to our Christian faith. Our Thanksgiving tradition began with the Pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Known as “Separatists,” they believed they would never be able to reform the Church of England and decided to separate from it. When persecution dogged them at every turn in England, they fled to Holland, and ultimately set sail for America on the Mayflower, landing on the shores of what we know today as Cape […]

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