The Investment Factor: Investing in the Jesus Brand

Introduction Back in the 1500s, people didn’t have a Bible they could read. The Catholic Church controlled the translating of Scripture and only offered it in Latin. But when Martin Luther rebelled against the abuses of the Church of his day he worked hard to make a translation available in German (the language of his people).Continue reading “The Investment Factor: Investing in the Jesus Brand”

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”

Forgiveness: Where Do I Draw the Line?

Introduction Forgiveness is the one weapon Satan cannot defeat in the Church. And this week our lectionary text answers the question: “How often should I forgive somebody who offends me?” Or “When is enough enough?” I want to deal with this issue of how often we should forgive those who offend us. I want toContinue reading “Forgiveness: Where Do I Draw the Line?”

The Call of God

You can’t hide behind a title nor be dissauded by a title when you hear God’s call.   You must embrace your true calling or die. Such death is a death of the soul. As Paul discovered and lamented, “Woe is me if I preach not the gospel. ” You too will likewise be miserable andContinue reading “The Call of God”

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”

A Servant’s Heart

“When pride comes, disgrace follows, but with humility comes wisdom.” Be wary of ambition for the world’s applause is deceitful and deceptive.  Seek to serve not to rule for pride comes in ruling. However, serving produces love. Awards stir the flames of pride. Jesus taught us to put out those flames.  He said, “So youContinue reading “A Servant’s Heart”

Good News at the Gravesite

10 Then the disciples returned to their homes. 11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look[a] into the tomb; 12 and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13Continue reading “Good News at the Gravesite”

What do you value?

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:21). It has been said that if you want to see what a person values,  find out what she spends her money on.  That is a superficial indicator dependent upon the premise everyone values money. Some people don’t place value on money andContinue reading “What do you value?”

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”

Jeez, get a room why don’t you

  I don’t like watching couples show affection in public. Once while visiting another state, I attended a church service where public display of affection was affirmed and welcomed.  One couple actually embraced and kissed during the service and I thought it was so inappropriate.  I mean I know you two love each other, butContinue reading “Jeez, get a room why don’t you”