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“But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed” Isaiah 53:5 Easter this year will be so different for many of us. No family gatherings, no fellowship with church family, and no corporate worship to celebrate our risen Savior. The importance of Easter should not be diminished. Our typical routine and schedule has been interrupted, but celebrating, showing gratitude and  rejoicing because He’s alive is essential! Take a moment this weekend and shut yourself in with God. Thank Him for the cross…

In this week’s news, billionaire Robert F. Smith pledged to pay all student loan debt of the 2019 Graduating Class of Morehouse College. The lump sum of payment is estimated to be approximately 40 million dollars and according to The Wall Street Journal, “That donation covers the student loans for about 400 graduates.”[1] As I read through the reaction of some of the recipients, I began to cry because I was so happy for their blessing. They responded, “It’s a liberation gift.” “I’m still in disbelief.” Mr. Smith told one of the students, “Go out into the world and do…

Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. John 19:1. This scripture is only 8 words long, but it holds a painful story. Crucifixion was a torturous death, but prior to Jesus being nailed to a cross to atone for your sins (and mine), He suffered agonizing pain by being scourged. Scourging is so severe that it could be fatal. It was more than just physical torment, but it was the debasement of character with the intent to belittle and demean an individual. When John 19:1 says, “and scourged him,” it is telling us a deeper story. It is telling…