“In this world you shall have tribulation!” Remarkably, these are some of the last words of Jesus to His closest followers. Jesus was telling them, no warning them, that the road ahead was not going to be easy. The word tribulation comes from a Greek root word meaning “pressure” and translated anguish, burdened, persecution, trouble…

Jesus began His public ministry when he was around 30 years old. Coming up out of the water of the Jordan River He was immediately filled with the Holy Spirit. The Lord was then directed by the Holy Spirit to a wilderness area and for the next forty days He fasted and experienced temptation from…

The thing about humans is that we don’t like to be hated! We love to be loved. Many people will do anything they can to receive the love, acceptance and approval of the people around them. We are not “rock the boat” kind of people. Hey, why make waves if you don’t have to? Jesus…