February 19, 2018

The Names of Jesus “The Lion from the tribe of Judah” Introduction In C.S. Lewis’ book, “The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe,” the children are in the presence of Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, and are for the first time learning about Aslan, the lion who represents Jesus in the story. In the movie we see … Read more

February 12, 2018

The Names of Jesus “The Lamb of God” It is when John the Baptist saw Jesus coming to him at the River Jordan for baptism that this name became embedded in the annuals for God’s story for the human race. John said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” … Read more

February 5, 2018

Spiritual First Aid “God’s Waiting Room” Introduction One of the hardest things we can do is wait. If there’s one thing we probably hate more than anything else, it is waiting. We hate to wait for the traffic light to turn green especially when there is no one else on the road, or at least … Read more

January 29, 2018

Names of Jesus “The Word” If you want to express yourself, you could use actions, or as they say, “Actions speak louder than words.” Or, you can use your words to convey your thoughts. Actually, the best way would be through both, allowing both your actions and words to speak to your intent. This is … Read more

January 16, 2018

Names of Jesus “The Great I Am” The Name, “I AM” is the most iconic and recognizable name of God, and it is from this name that the name Jehovah or Yahweh comes from. The name Jehovah is used over 6,800 times in the Bible. It is the personal name of the Lord God of … Read more

January 9, 2018

Names of Jesus “Bright and Morning Star” Today, in the Catholic Church and some Protestant churches they are celebrating “Epiphany Sunday.” It celebrates the visit of the Wise Men to see the baby Jesus. The word “epiphany” comes from the Greek and means “manifestation,” and this celebration is about the manifestation of God in human … Read more

January 8, 2018

The Names of Jesus Introduction Beginning next year we’ll be starting a new series entitled, “The Names of Jesus.” There are somewhere over 50 names that have been attributed to Jesus, many of them are the same names that have been attributed to God, which is of little wonder seeing that Jesus is God, or … Read more

December 27, 2017

Waiting For Christmas Luke 2:21-38 Last week we looked at four major players in the birth of Jesus. Today I’d like to look at two more who, while they were not present at Jesus’ birth, waited with great anticipation and expectation for the day to arrive. None of us are very good at waiting. We … Read more

December 27, 2017

Unwrapping Jesus It’s only a couple of hours before Christmas, and besides all the hustle and bustle that surrounds this time, despite the rude drivers on the road and the harried sales clerks, most everyone enjoys this time of year, especially the preparations and decorations. We enjoy this time of year, and the warm feelings … Read more

December 23, 2017

Serving God Regardless of the Consequences As we prepare for Christmas I thought I’d start up with where we left off during the Thanksgiving holidays when we looked at being grateful during the inevitabilities of life, and how to maintain the ministries graciously given by God. Therefore, with Christmas and New Years are right around … Read more

November 27, 2017

Be Prepared Last week we looked at our need to be grateful to God when life happens. This got me thinking of the Boy Scout motto: be prepared. What this basically means is that we need to be prepared for the inevitabilities of life. But I believe it goes much deeper. What we need to … Read more

November 27, 2017

Being Grateful When Life Happens Luke 7:36-50 Seeing that Thanksgiving is right around the corner; it might be nice to speak upon our need to be grateful to God. And so the point I want to get across is … The depth of our gratitude reveals just how much we understand our need for a … Read more

November 17, 2017

God’s Healing Grace Psalm 147:3 If there’s one truism I have learned in my 64 years is that no one goes through this life without pain, hurt, and sorrow. Everyone has problems, hurts, and hidden wounds, emotions scars that we allow no one else to see. One of these hurts, wounds, and scars is called … Read more

November 10, 2017

Transforming Grace Romans 12:2 Paganini was a gifted composer and violinist. One evening he was playing before a packed house with full orchestra behind him. During one of the songs one of the strings snapped and dangled down the side. But instead of stopping, Paganini continued to play on. Soon another string snapped followed by … Read more

November 10, 2017

Our Ebenezer Stone 1 Samuel 7:12 Whenever we hear the name, Ebenezer, our minds automatically go to Christmas and Charles Dickens’, “A Christmas Carol,” and its main character, Ebenezer Scrooge. But there is another Ebenezer, one that is far more famous, but far less known. It’s also not a person, either real or imagined. Rather … Read more

November 1, 2017

God’s Growing Grace Ephesians 4:22-24 An oxymoron is not someone who is foolish with a bad complexion. It’s a figure of speech using words that seemly contradict each other yet has a special meaning to create a special effect like, “A wise fool,” “Cruel Kindness,” “Thunderous silence,” or “Make haste slowly.” Oxymorons are found throughout … Read more

November 1, 2017

Living in the Fullness Joshua 13:33 How are we to live our lives in full possession of the promises of God, or better yet, how are we to live our lives to the fullest? What I have found in my 40 years of being a Christian and pastor is that I had to stop trying … Read more

October 17, 2017

God’s Liberating Grace In the desire to be free, the American public is in greater bondage than at any other time. While this is true given the increase of violence and overpopulation of jails, the real bondages are far deadlier. People are in the shackles of alcohol, drugs (both legal and illegal), sexual immorality, and … Read more

October 17, 2017

Living in Contentment Philippians 4:11-13 What I’ve sadly come to realize is that contentment is an elusive commodity in our society, and promoted by the advertisements we’re bombarded with. They seem to think it’s their job to make us feel discontent and dissatisfied with our lives unless we buy their products. If I want to … Read more

October 9, 2017

Spiritual First Aid “Surviving the Stretch” Life happens in the stretch, so we have to learn how to survive it. All of us have changed over the years, yet that which has made us unique still remains. We have all morphed in one way or another, like the hair on my head turning grey or … Read more

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