Articles written by Rick Marschall

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  • The Annoying Thing About Jesus

    Rick Marschall|Updated May 25, 2014

    I have come to realize that a lot of things they say about Jesus Christ are not true. Oh, I'm sure He smiled a lot, and sometimes wore perfectly starched robes, and went around patting children on the head, like I saw on the covers of all those Sunday-School pamphlets. And, if I remember correctly, we have stories of Him preaching and dispensing wisdom, and then moving on to the next towns and lakesides. He was misunderstood; people were jealous of Him or threatened by Him; an...

  • What Did Jesus Do Those 40 Days?

    Rick Marschall|Updated May 27, 2013

    One of the most significant periods of the church calendar, and least celebrated or noted, is the 40 days after Jesus rose from the dead. He walked and talked in places where His ministry had been; He was seen in His restored body by thousands; He healed many; He continued to preach, He continued to love. And then He ascended to Heaven, taken up into the sky, which also was witnessed by others. We really should think more about these 40 days, and the significance of the...

  • Creator’s New Year’s Resolution

    Rick Marschall|Updated Jan 19, 2013

    SWARTZ CREEK MI (ANS)—One of the great Sunday pages of the Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz shows Linus walking outside while it is snowing. He looks up, he catches snowflakes on his hand...and goes wild when he sees that two are identical. He rushes to show them off, but before his sister Lucy, or Charlie Brown, or anyone else, can see them, the snowflakes have melted. Good grief. What would have made that discovery special, of course, is that we are told that no two s...

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