What Does It Mean To Preach Jesus is Lord Ed Stetzer (an excerpt from Subversive Kingdom)
To the first-century Christians, however, “Jesus is Lord” meant something far more. With Caesar as the obvious ruler of the entire known world, it was not only commonplace, but expected that when someone was greeted publically, he was supposed to say, “Caesar is Lord,” and to say it like he meant it. It was sort of the “Heil Hitler” of the day.
So when the early Christians chose to say, “Jesus is Lord” as their declaration, they were literally choosing to align everything with Jesus, even their own lives. Their words were not trite statements. They were downright treasonous. They echoed a subversive rebellion against the establishment that clearly resonated their allegiances and alliances. Those three words changed everything…
Where Are the Other Nine? Thoughts on Thankfulness by Frank Viola
Those of us who have been touched by Jesus Christ are cleansed lepers. Let’s not be among the nine.
Where Did Our Christmas Custom Originate? Susan Garland
The Christmas season abounds with holiday customs and traditions, but most of us probably never stop to wonder about their origins. We decorate our homes inside and out with lights, candles, and greenery. We stuff stockings and send Christmas cards to family and friends. But why do we do these things year after year? Of course, we’re celebrating the birth of Jesus, but did you know that many of our modern-day Christmas traditions have their roots in ancient cultures and practices, some of which actually predate Christ?