Monthly Archives: March 2016

Resilience and the Resurrection

One of the greatest stories of resilience in the Bible relates to the response of Jesus’ disciples after the resurrection. In the days between the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, we see His followers completely demoralized and discouraged. And who can blame them. They had seen the man they had followed for over three years, that they had left everything for, that they believed to be the Son of God, tried and executed as a common criminal. In those circumstances, you don’t quickly or easily pick up the pieces of your life and move on! Continue reading

Resilience and our Capacity to Change

Change is something that is at the same time something often feared and yet vital to the future direction of our lives.  Let’s face it, if we don’t like the direction our lives have gone, then something has to change!

In this respect, I believe the Bible is one of the most hopeful sources of encouragement regarding change in our lives.  Consider some of the terms used especially in the New Testament to describe our relationship to God:

  • Born again
  • Regeneration
  • New life in Christ
  • Conversion
  • Salvation

The Bible makes the clear assumption that, with God’s help, people are capable of positive change. Jesus sought to change the lives of the people He encountered and his primary purpose in coming was one of transformation. God accomplishes this change in our lives through a variety of means. Continue reading