With All These Hypocrites, Why Is the Church Still Standing?

Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. [Matthew 23:1-3] Introduction Jesus now speaks a word of warning directlyContinue reading “With All These Hypocrites, Why Is the Church Still Standing?”

A Picture of Sound Stewardship

“Never measure your generosity by what you give, but rather by what you have left.” ~Bishop Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979), Roman Catholic bishop It’s offering time.  Each family of the church has been asked to raise $1000 toward the general conference apportionment.  The representative from each family lines up in the center isle, the recordingContinue reading “A Picture of Sound Stewardship”

Repentance that Leads to Reconciliation

“What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but heContinue reading “Repentance that Leads to Reconciliation”

The Courage to Be

“Whosoever shall find his life shall lose it; whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it.” (Matthew 10 : 39) Introduction  Since the dawn of time mankind has struggled to find meaning in life.   Jesus posits a challenge in our text this morning.  Jesus challenges us to find not only the trueContinue reading “The Courage to Be”

Effort Influences Destiny

“Remember this:  The person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously” (2 Corinthians 9:6) How bad do you want it? How much are willing to do to get it? Your destiny is before you but the level at which you exist in it is determinedContinue reading “Effort Influences Destiny”

Confrontation

Life refuses to bend My dreams refuse to die Accept life’s terms Or walk away… Decisions amid uncertainties Bend life bend Give a little; negotiate in good faith I’m willing to compromise…. Life refuses to bend My dreams refuse to die Accept life’s terms Or walk away… So much at stake Faith, Family, Friends… CanContinue reading “Confrontation”

Help For Those Who Are Stressed Out

“Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved” (Psalm 62:1) Stress has been linked to strokes, heart failure, and other diseases.  Stress can become overwhelming when you make too many life changes simultaneously.  OneContinue reading “Help For Those Who Are Stressed Out”

The Investment Factor : A Changed People, Changing the World!

“These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart.   Repeat them to your children.  Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7) Invest in teaching,  mentoring, modeling your faith to yourContinue reading “The Investment Factor : A Changed People, Changing the World!”

God’s Pathway to Salvation

5 For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.” 6 But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) 7 or, “‘Who willContinue reading “God’s Pathway to Salvation”

Why Kneeling Is Different When Praying!

Let us pray.  Some stood, others sat, and still others joined hands with the peson sitting next to them.  I looked throughout the congregation and to my surprise I saw someone stand, approach the front and kneel at the altar.  Stunned, I paused before beginning to pray.  I wanted so much to join that person atContinue reading “Why Kneeling Is Different When Praying!”