Chapter 15

Our group was growing, there were always people coming and going but there was a core of us who always seemed to be there; myself and Andrew, John and James, Nathaniel and Philip and the Zealot.  That changed one afternoon as we were returning from the shores of Galilee where Jesus had been teaching.  As…

But, Easter

It started as a day marked with mourning, but today it is a day of celebration. It started as a day when the forces of Evil celebrated victory, but today it is a seen as the day when goodness and grace triumphed. It started as a day when people paused to remember what man did…

Holy Day or Holiday?

I was kind of curious about where he was going.  I heard a DJ on the radio talking about the long weekend that was coming up and how it wasn't just another long weekend. This was a very special long weekend because of what it represented.  This is getting interesting, I thought. Then he added…

But, Good Friday

It was supposed to be a day marked with celebration, but it was a day defined by tragedy. It was supposed to be a day friends gathered together, but it was a day that friends scattered. It was supposed to be a day when people paused to remember what God had done for man, but…

Chapter 14

And life went on. We didn‘t spend every day with Jesus, but we were spending more and more time with him. There were still nights I spent fishing with Andrew, but for the most part Eli carried the load there. A few days after Marion’s healing Jesus showed up our home. Several of the guys…

But, Even Now

Where is he? Where? Where is he? How many times had she asked that question over the past four days? Her only brother had come down with some mysterious virus and nobody could do anything for him. Well nobody except for their friend Jesus. How many times had he reached out his hand and the…

Chapter 13

And that was how we spent the rest of the day. Jesus sitting on the bench out front, my bench, the one I could see the water from, and what seemed like a never-ending line of sick people. There were headaches and rashes, fevers and coughs. And it was always the same but different. Jesus…

After the But . . . Here, Near and Far

It’s a small word, only 3 letters, however when I looked up its definition in Collins English Dictionary, I found not one, but eight different ways the word could be used. It can be a conjunction, a preposition, an adverb, a pronoun and a noun. The word of course is “But” and if you have…

Act Your Age

Emile Ratelband doesn’t feel that who he is lines up with what his birth certificate says about him.  And so last year he set out to have his birth certificate changed to reflect his reality of who he actually was.  And the courts denied his request. Ratelband didn’t want his birth certificate changed to reflect his preferred gender,…

Chapter 12

I could hardly believe my eyes; Esther’s mother was helping her in the kitchen and laughing as they listened to Jesus telling a story. Jesus? What was Jesus doing here? And he wasn’t alone. Andrew, James and John were there along with a couple of guys I didn’t know. “Simon, your friends arrived right after…