Thomas said, "Let us go that we may die with him."
The home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus had always been open to Jesus. Surprisingly
when he first heard about the needs at the home of Mary and Martha, he was in no hurry
to be there, knowing in his heart that Lazarus would die from this sickness. Here was a
crisis that would provide opportunities for the Lord Jesus. Jesus was always turning a
"crisis" into an opportunity. Here was an opportunity. An opportunity to demonstrate not
only that he had power over sickness and could heal, but he had power over death and
The word epiphany is from the Greek and refers to the experience of a sudden and amazing realization. Usually it’s applied to a scientific or philosophical/religious breakthrough, but it can apply in any situation in which a brilliant insight gives a person a different perspective on life or a problem s/he has been considering. For example, Archimedes’ famous shriek of “Eureka!” came as he was in the baths, contemplating yet again the difficulty of determining if a given mass would float.
Ron Love Mark Ellingsen Bob Ove Bonnie Bates Bill Thomas Frank Ramirez
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Imagine a worship service, a sharing of scripture and interpretation, that went on from dawn until midday. How would you respond? In many of our mainline churches a worship service that last more than an hour risks negative comments to the pastor. “Worship was too long.” “I have other things to do today.” “Can’t you try to keep worship to an hour?”
Some time ago there was a series of programmes on BBC 2 on the recent history of the Catholic Church. The series was called "Absolute Truth", and one programme looked at Catholicism in the developing parts of the world. It studied the work of liberation theologians in Latin America, particularly Leonardo Boff and Oscar Romero.