A New Heaven and a New Earth

Steve Petroelje

READ: Revelation 21:1-5 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. (v. 4) A great new beginning awaits, the beginning of the new heaven and new earth. Following Christ’s second coming and the final judgment, God …

From Friday to Sunday

Steve Petroelje

READ: Luke 23:44-24:8 He is not here, but has risen! (24:6) Easter weekend portrays a transition from endings to beginnings. Friday signifies pain, death, and sorrow. Easter Sunday signifies hope, life, and victory. On Friday, they wondered where God was. On Sunday, the resurrected Jesus met them outside the tomb, on the road to Emmaus and in the upper room. …

The Beginning of a Purposeful Life

Steve Petroelje

READ: 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 He died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. (v. 15) In the opening chapter of his book The Purpose Driven Life, author and pastor Rick Warren writes: “It’s not about you. The purpose of your life is far greater …

The Beginning of New Life in Christ

Steve Petroelje

READ: Romans 10:9-15 Savior, thank you for those who have shared the good news with me. Help me to respond to it in a way that brings new life for myself and many others. Amen. Starting over is possible because of God’s grace. God’s grace enables us to begin a new life in Jesus Christ. We may not get our …

A God of Second Chances

Steve Petroelje

READ:  Psalm 51:1-17 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. (v. 10) Moses killed an Egyptian, David committed adultery, and Peter denied Christ. Every human being including those whose life stories are included in the Bible has sinned against God. Only Jesus was without sin. I imagine Moses, David, and Peter all …