Sometimes the most helpful emails are those that get to the bottom line. If you have just started following my blog, you may have missed the top ten posts of 2012.
I have listed them here from number 10 down to number 1.
Tell me what you think: Were there any posts you enjoyed that didn’t make the top ten list? To leave a comment, just click here.
With all this diversity in the Old City, it becomes clear that there is a difference between the “reunification” of Jerusalem and the “restoration” the Bible predicts.
The Prophet Zechariah promises that even though “the nations” will attack the city, the Messiah will come and bring a restoration that includes complete reunification:
The LORD will be king over all the earth; in that day the LORD will be the only one, and His name the only one . . . and there will no longer be a curse, for Jerusalem will dwell in security (Zechariah 14:1–11; see also Luke 21:20-27).
Scattered across the skyline of the Old City protrude all manner of crosses, crescent moons, and Stars of David—like a tangle of wheat and tares.
No doubt, as Zechariah wrote, it will take a Messiah to sort it out.
The Garden Tomb offers a wonderful place for meditation on the resurrection of Jesus.
- The serene surroundings include a peaceful garden with fragrant flowers, benches for relaxation and reading, pathways for strolling and prayer, and high walls to block out the cacophony of the unsightly surrounding streets.
- Visiting the garden costs nothing—nor does taking communion or keeping the souvenir wooden cup. Donations alone keep the place going.
- Individuals may take a self-guided tour with a brochure or join a group tour every half hour. The Garden Tomb Association guides all English-speaking visitors, but guests speaking other languages may use their own guides. Visiting groups require advance reservations.
Jesus’ fulfillment of the many Messianic prophesies couldn’t be mere coincidence. The Hebrew Scriptures record many prophecies about the Messiah.
Here’s a post that shows how these prophecies changed one life among millions.
What a great sign! “STOP—Ponder Scripture.” The command is there—and at a crossroads many stop at every day. Yet the surrounding neighborhood seems unaffected. They see the stop sign—but not the street sign. God’s Word in our path is not only a convenience—but it’s also to be a comfort and a conviction.
This post gives three steps to ponder Scripture every time you stop.
Christians have a faith rooted in history—not mystery. The words on the pages of Scripture are supporting by simple elements we can dig out of the ground.
They prove nothing, but they support it all. With my own eyes I have seen Hezekiah’s wall, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Sennacherib’s Prism, and the Siloam Inscription. They are real.
So is my faith.
Because this ancient boat dates from the time of Jesus of Nazareth, some have sensationally dubbed the vessel, “The Jesus Boat.” Indeed, the seven- by twenty-six foot vessel could have held up to fifteen individuals, and it offers visitors a firsthand look the kind of boat Jesus and His twelve disciples would have sailed.
The Bible refers to boats of this kind playing a major role in the ministry of Jesus, with more than a half-dozen references in Mark’s gospel alone.
Rome is famous for the standard sites tourists see.
But I’d like to show you 6 Christian sites, those sites relevant to believers, including one place that isn’t even on the map.
If you have an iPad or Kindle or some other device (even a computer) that allows you to read e-books, you’ll want to take advantage of some great free titles.
I did some digging and I’ve provided links to some great free ones—as well as how to search for others.
The walls and gates of Jerusalem have expanded and contracted over the centuries like the breathing of a living being. Even today, the Old City of Jerusalem is such that we have to enter the city through gates—just as people did for thousands of years.
There are 8 gates of Jerusalem today. But the Bible promises 12 in the future.
The best part of Timna Park is its least-known exhibit. Or perhaps, it’s the least-mentioned. A full-scale replica of the Tabernacle stands in the very wilderness where Moses and the children of Israel wandered for forty years.
It is like entering a doorway to history—and viewing a picture of your salvation.
Question: Were there any posts you enjoyed that didn’t make the top ten list? Please leave a comment below.