About 12 years ago I hiked up to Black Balsam Knob at 4:00 am. It’s one of my favorite places to get up early and watch sunrise, but this particular morning was special.

Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Were you there when they nailed him to the tree? Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

Love your neighbor as a lost dog  

Jesus said, "Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say -- ' Father, save me from this hour'?

When I was a little boy there were eight ordinary words that my father would string together in a sentence. They were like magic. I would drop whatever I was doing for those eight words, which went like this: “I need you to go to the store.”