Happy Ascension Day!

GUWGcloudAfter his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3)

Today is Ascension Thursday, a day celebrated by Christians all over the world on the 40th day after Easter. Why all the fuss?

Here’s why …

After his resurrection, Jesus spent the next forty days convincing the disciples that he was alive and telling ’em about God’s kingdom. Here were his last recorded words on this planet:

Jesus Prayed For You

It’s PRAYER-O-RAMA 2019 here on GUWG, where all week we’re praying through some of the most inspiring sections of Scripture together.

What was the last thing Jesus did before he headed to the garden to be arrested? He prayed for his disciples — and then, get this: he prayed for you and me.

Wow.

Since Jesus took the time to pray for us, I humbly suggest that we take the time right now to pray through each and every one of His precious words, asking Him to help us live them out in our lives.

Jesus on the Bible

We continue our Stamp Out Bible Illiteracy Gently (SOBIG) campaign here on GUWG.

Last week, we kicked things off with our official Bible Quiz-o-rama to help assess our Bible literacy. We then went through a slew of ways to get more of God’s words into our s.

This week, we’re taking a deeeeep dive into this question:
What exactly is the Bible?

Today, we’ll look at what Jesus himself said.

Jesus’ Scripture was the Old Testament. He had a lot to say about it. In fact, Jesus quoted or paraphrased the OT nearly 50 times in the Gospels.

Right after his baptism, the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness where he was tempted by Satan. How did he conquer Satan’s attacks? With Scripture. He said:

Who Is This?

Our 40-day journey with Jesus continues to spiral toward its stunning climax.

Jesus came to town today. Here’s the picture painted by eyewitnesses:

The great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who  comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the King of Israel!” (John 12:12-13)

Another witness reported:

Jesus’ Final Days

Our 40-day journey with Jesus begins to spiral toward its climax.

Let’s set the stage …

Crowds are starting to gather. The people are expectant. The governor’s worried. The religious leaders are uneasy.

God’s coming to town. And he has a plan: saving you and me.

Here’s a sneak preview, based on an eyewitness account:

The Road to Jerusalem

Our 40-day journey with Jesus begins to spiral to its earth-shattering climax.

Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem to save the world. Here’s an eyewitness account:

As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” (Matthew 20:29-31)

Do What Jesus Says

We continue our 40-day journey deeeeep into the ♥ of Jesus.

Today, we reach the end of the Sermon on the Mount. Here’s how Jesus began his concluding remarks:

Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. (Matthew 7:24-25)

If we listen to Jesus’ words AND put them into practice, he promises us a foundation that can’t be shaken. What happens if we don’t do what he says?