A lucky savior is what you need! It’s the new year. Maybe everyone wants a little good luck! Is luck a real thing?
A Savior for Christmas
A Savior for Christmas! That’s not what was under my tree, but I did receive a Savior for Christmas. I love hearing what other people got for Christmas. For example I know someone who got a gift of coal for Christmas.
Blessed Are The Peacemakers
Blessed are the peacemakers. That phrase has the most meaning after a time of war. Since Jesus was both God and man he could make peace between God and man.
Show Me Your Identification
Show me your identification, please. These words from law enforcement might send a chill down your spine. However, showing your ID doesn’t have to be a negative thing! In our text from Matthew 11 John the Baptist was asking Jesus for some ID.
Come See the Trees
Come see the trees! Can you smell Christmas? Part of what gives the season meaning and power are the memories and traditions that we have burned into our memories from childhood. Smells are a big part of that! Like the smell of a freshly cut evergreen.
Come See The Mountain
Come and see the mountain! Now you might be thinking – this is all happening too fast! This morning did you open up your bulletin and think, is it Advent already? It isn’t even December yet!
Watch and Wait
Watch and wait! That is the cry throughout the ages, throughout the pages of Scripture, and that cry still goes out from pulpits across Christendom. It is the final Sunday of the church year. We end with an eye to the sky as we await the return of our Lord in glory. But that topic – watch and wait – isn’t a great one.
Wipe Those Tears Away
This is the time to remember those who have gone before us. They are not gone. Those who dies in Christ are alive! Wipe those tears away.
It Is Payback Time
It is payback time! You remember it well-last year’s homecoming game. The Midford Maulers defeated the Stanford Saints. It wasn’t close, but this year Stanford ready for Midford. You could say it’s payback time.
Reformed and Free
Reformed and Free is how we like to see ourselves. When Jesus spoke to God’s Old Testament people some two thousand years ago not all of them liked what Jesus had to say.
Increase Our Faith – Friends Again
Can we be friends again? The reality is that sometimes relationships in this life can be so completely damaged that they can’t be fixed. How does God restore relationships? Every sin that we commit doesn’t just hurt the people around us. Our sin first is an offense against our holy God. This Sunday we ask, “Lord, Increase our faith!” We will see how God works reconciliation.
Increase Our Faith – Total Dependence
Total dependence doesn’t sound like a great idea in our ear. We like to be SELF dependent. The Rich Young Ruler was looking for an 11th Commandment when he came to Jesus. What he found was a loving God who crushed his sinful pride.
Increase Our Faith – Persist in Prayer
I want to persist in prayer, but it’s hard. How do I know that my Lord listens? How do I know that he cares about me? What if the answer he offers isn’t good enough? Our God draws us into his promises through prayer.
Increase Our Faith – Delight in Duty
Can you delight in duty? How about delighting in a trip down the parkway? It’s almost that time again. The glorious colors of Carolina forests will erupt from the relatively boring green mountain sides. God paints the landscape!
Hard Truth – Money Fails in Death
Last week we learned the hard truth that while money can help make life easier in some ways, it cannot bring true happiness and fulfillment. This week we see that as much as money lets us down in life, its ultimate failure to deliver on its promises happens in death.
Hard Truth – Serve God With Money
Serve God with money. That is a hard truth. Our text from Luke 16 is one of the more confusing parables to folks. Yet, it’s message is simple. It’s not your money.
Hard Truth – The Found are Left
The found are left. On a certain level anything that is lost was at one point “found”, right? This point of logic matters spiritually because of how we look at the world around us. Where do you see yourself? Are you found or lost?
Hard Truth – Count the Cost
Our relationship with Jesus will put us in situations where we must decide where love for him ranks compared to love for other people and things. And Jesus is not content to be one of many important things in our life; he wants to be first.
Hard Truth – The Exalted Are Humbled
The exalted are humbled. I know it doesn’t always look that way, but it’s true! The word for exalt has the idea of something swelling in size. I suppose we picture the head of a movie star or some other celebrity that swells to twice its normal size.