Passion Week Devotional: Saturday

Julie Jewell Blog

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Passion Week Devotionals 2020

Friday is over, Jesus appears to be dead. Joseph has wrapped his body in linen and placed him in the tomb. What just happened? He was supposed to save the world. He was supposed to come in and make everything right. Things probably looked bleak to his disciples and his family. Jesus’ ministry on Earth was over. Or was it? …

Passion Week Devotional: Friday

Matt Kesler Blog

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series Passion Week Devotionals 2020

The Irony in Jesus’ Approach to Power Earlier this week, as I was driving back from Richmond, I came across a podcast titled With a Politician by Tim Keller: a sermon based on Luke 23:1-25. In a day and age where it seems that our politics and religion go hand and hand, it is difficult to decipher how Jesus approaches …

Passion Week Devotional: Thursday

Erin Petersen Blog

This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series Passion Week Devotionals 2020

Even Rocks Can Crumble It was Thursday evening in an upper room in Jerusalem. Jesus and his twelve disciples were gathered around a table to celebrate the Passover – or so they thought. The evening started off already being different with Jesus taking a servant’s place and washing the feet of all of His disciples. Following the foot washing, Jesus …

Palm Sunday Timelapse

Matt Simpson Blog

What goes into a livestream? As churches all over the world are converting to an online format for their church services, there is a lot of work happening behind the scenes by super talented individuals that are committed to serving the body of Christ even during this tumultuous time. Northstar is no exception! Ezra Richards, along with Ethan and Sarah …

Passion Week Devotional: Wednesday

Lissa Brown Blog

This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series Passion Week Devotionals 2020

All too often, the events of the Wednesday of Passion Week are overlooked. It was a seemingly insignificant day in the scheme of events that led to Jesus’ death on the cross. However, it is what’s not directly said about Wednesday, that plays a critical part in Judas’ betrayal of Jesus. There is a general consensus among scholars that it …

Passion Week Devotional: Tuesday

Jeff Noble Blog

This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series Passion Week Devotionals 2020

Jesus answered them, “You are mistaken, because you don’t know the Scriptures or the power of God.” (Matthew 22:29) It was Tuesday. Jesus returned to Jerusalem with His disciples. On the previous two days, He had announced His authority by riding into town on a donkey, and then in righteous indignation, cleansed the temple by throwing out the money changers …

Passion Week Devotional: Monday

Tanner Blankenship Blog

This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series Passion Week Devotionals 2020

Jesus and the Religious Leaders at Passover Like every Passover during Jesus’ life, Jerusalem was full of pious Roman Jews coming from hundreds of miles in every direction. Roman authority was there too but only because their presence would ensure civility among the large crowds. The Jewish council of religious authorities, known as the Sanhedrin, was prominent that week, truly …

Passion Week Devotional: Palm Sunday

Matt Simpson Blog

This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series Passion Week Devotionals 2020

When they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to Me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord …

Thinking of Others

Matt Kesler Blog

As I am socially distant or “quarantined” in Richmond with my parents, there are things that I’ve been thankful to see. People are spending more time with their families. Creativity is beginning to blossom in ways that it has been dormant for awhile. We’re finding more time to read or do that house project that we’ve been neglecting for months …