Roll the Stone Away

“And they said among themselves, "Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?"  But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away--for it was very large.” (Mark 16:3-4) These are the words of the women...

Roll the Stone Away

Teaching by Tiffany Ann Lewis

Roll the Stone Away

By: Tiffany Ann Lewis

“And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?”  But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away–for it was very large.” (Mark 16:3-4)
These are the words of the women while they were on the way to the tomb where they saw their beloved Lord, Jesus, laid only hours before. They wanted to show Him the honor and devotion He deserved by anointing His body. Unfortunately, a stone was in their way.

“Who will roll the stone away?” They asked.  This was a very good question.  After all, the stone that was sealing Jesus’ tomb was at least 2000 pounds. How would a few women, exhausted because of their grief, ever hope to move it? “But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away–for it was very large.” (Mark 16:4)

As I consider this portion of Scripture I wonder if we too often find the same question on our lips. It’s one thing to know that Jesus is alive yet it’s another thing to know He can roll our 2000 pound impossibilities away.

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Breath of Heaven

“Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.  He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.  And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”  Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.”  
(Luke 1:30-35)

Our worship team sang one of my favorite songs this weekend at church, “Breath of Heaven.”  This song portrays possible fears and worries that Mary might have been experiencing as she considers the reality of saying, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord!  Let it be done according to your word.”  (Luke 1:38)  My eyes welled up with tears as we sang verse three:

God Said It…Just Believe It

Teaching by Tiffany Ann Lewis
God Said It…Just Believe It

By: Tiffany Ann Lewis

“…Do not be afraid; only believe.” (Mark 5:36b)

God said it – just believe it…is a phrase I saw on a bumper sticker years ago.  The goal of the bumper sticker was to evoke childlike faith.  However, it did just the opposite in my mind.  I remember thinking to myself, “easier said than done”.  You see, when your house is falling down, your health is failing, and your finances are dwindling it’s hard to keep believing.  In moments like these we may even wonder, “What did God say?”  Or even worse, “Did He really mean it?  Is it really so?”  This is something humanity has wrestled with from the beginning of time.

Waiting Without Worry

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Personal Note:  It is exactly 5 years since I first released this word from the Lord as, “And the Lord Remembered”.  I didn’t know I was prophesying to myself lol.

Well, God has gone abundantly above my expectations.  I thought I was in an ark that was sailing toward a music ministry but God directed the ship differently.  He directed the ship to start a church called Crossroadz Christian Church and be a place where His children can find hope for the journey.

I pray this is an encouragement to you today.

Shalom,
Tiffany Ann Lewis
Pastor at Crossroadz Christian Church – Rexford NY

Waiting Without Worry
Tiffany Ann Lewis

“Then God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided.” (Genesis 8:1)

To Lean or Not to Lean?

To Lean or Not to Lean? By: Tiffany Ann Lewis I would like to talk about Sampson and something that is seldom brought up, his natural strength.  Generally when we think about Sampson we think about his supernatural strength or his fall to temptation resulting in dabbling...

Let Love Win

Teaching by Tiffany Ann Lewis

Let Love Win

By: Tiffany Ann Lewis

“A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, and contentions are like the bars of a castle.”
(Proverbs 18:19)

There seems to be some difficulty in the translation of this text.  Some scholars see the text as reading, “A brother that is helped by his brother, is like a strong city: and judgments are like the bars of cities.” (Douay-Rheims Bible)  The Aramaic Bible in Plain English translates it like this; “A brother is helped by his brother, like a city by its fortress, and they hold it like the bars of a fortress.”  

Either way, what seems crystal clear to me is that offences such as bitterness, resentment, and un-forgiveness, can become a type of prison if left unresolved.  Oh sure, at first it feels like those bars are protecting the heart from more hurt, but the truth is, they are preventing individuals from the ultimate relational goal that God has designed.  God designed human beings for fellowship with Him and eachother; “it is not good for man to be alone…” (Genesis 2:18)

Don’t Forget Easter this Christmas

Don't Forget Easter this Christmas Tiffany Ann Lewis I’m a well-seasoned holiday veteran.  I have celebrated enough holidays to know that they are not just filled with love, joy, and peace but also, at times, filled with fear, loneliness, disappointment, anxiety, and regret.  I know that I...

Shame and Regret Rob Us of Rest

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Shame and Regret Rob Us of Rest
Tiffany Ann Lewis

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

This is an eternal invitation with a Divine promise that extends not only past physical and spiritual rest but also encompasses emotional rest, too.  You see Biblically, in both Hebrew and Greek, the soul is defined as the seat of our emotions, feelings, passions, and desires.  It is described as the inner being of man.  In this glorious promise of Scripture, Jesus is offering complete rest body, soul, and spirit.  Unfortunately, shame and regret are robbing many believers of their full inheritance in Christ Jesus.

Finding Soul Sastification

Finding Soul Satisfaction   Tiffany Ann Lewis “My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. 6 When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. 7 Because You have been my...