Life is full of obstacles. Obstacles come in all shapes and sizes. Obstacles can stop us in our tracks and cause us to turn back. Obstacles have a tendency to keep us from experiencing some of the greatest moments in life. Read more
Good morning! This is our 5th year in Summer Buddies and it has been fun. Each year we have a different Christian focus where we teach kids to read, write, and to fall in love with our God. This year we have been focusing on prayer. Each week has a different memory verse which reminds our kids about the importance of prayer. During our first week we learned Phil. 4:6-7. The week after that was 1 Thess. 5:16-18. Last week was Jeremiah 33:3 and next week we will be learning Luke 18:1. For today though, I want to focus our attention on 1 Thess. 5:16-18.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thess. 5:16-18).
In 2009, the inaugural gathering of The Festival of Dangerous Ideas took place at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia. The Festival is an opportunity for some of the world’s greatest thinkers to come together and discuss their ideas. Topics can cover almost anything under the sun. Recent topics have included the economy, artificial intelligence, climate change, cybersexism, addiction, sugar, and the list goes on. Read more
In our Scripture for this week we run into two “secret disciples” of Jesus, a man named Nicodemus and another man named Joseph who was from Arimathea. I’ve read articles and sermons detailing the scandal of their secret allegiance to Jesus. Preachers quote Jesus to condemn Nicodemus and Joseph for their secrecy. One of the most popular passages is found in Matthew 10:32-33. Take a look at it with me. Read more
We live in an interesting day. Everyone recognizes that there is something wrong with the world, but we can’t agree upon the cause of the problem. I’ve been thinking about this during the past week as I’ve been studying John 19:16-30. I’ve come to the conclusion that even though there is a wide array, a multitude of opinions about what is wrong with our world, we can really categorize the answers under two headings: It’s someone else’s fault or it’s my own fault. Read more
Nicholas Ludwig Von Zinzendorf was born into nobility, to one of the wealthiest families of Europe. Born in Dresden, Germany on May 26, 1700, he never knew his father since he died of tuberculosis six weeks after the young Count was born. His mother married again when he was just four years old and he was sent to live with his grandmother, a godly woman who had a great influence on his life. His grandmother taught him about the things of God and the young boy showed great interest. By the time he was fifteen he was reading the Bible on his own, spending time in prayer, and able to read the New Testament in Greek. Read more
If you were with us last Sunday we spent our time in God’s Word talking about confession, repentance, and forgiveness. I said that although we’ve done everything in our power to alleviate the word “sin” from our vocabulary we are suffering from the effects of sin each and every day. Guilt and shame gnaw at us, haunt us, affect us spiritually, mentally, and even physically and yet the only remedy the world offers us is to not make such a big deal about what we’ve done or failed to do, to realize everyone does it, and to forgive ourselves. We can follow the world’s counsel, and yet the guilt and shame persists until we agree with God that what we’ve done is sin, that it is something much less than what God desires for us. Following our confession we are then to turn from our sin. When we follow God’s prescription for dealing with our sin then we will receive the forgiveness, the cleansing, that only God can provide. Read more
Last week, while I was studying about Jesus’ death and resurrection, I was really drawn to something Jesus said to Cleopas and his friend. If you will remember, they were walking along the road with no idea who it was that was walking with them…until Jesus “opened their minds” so they could understand. Then, we read in Luke 24:46-47,
46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (Luke 24:46-47 NIVO) Read more
Resurrection Sunday is a day to celebrate the majesty, glory, mercy, grace, and transforming power of our God. Each year at this time there are all kinds of programs on television, as well as articles in magazines and newspapers raising questions, stirring skepticism, and planting seeds of doubt about the literal resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Read more