Monthly Archives: January 2016

Trouble with the Church

1 Peter 2:6-16 It’s obvious; the world has trouble with the church. For those who belong to the world, two messages prevail. The first is “Get what you can and keep it for yourself.” The second is like it, “Do … Continue reading

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A sure foundation

1 Corinthians 3:1-11 In order to build a structurally sound house, one must begin working from the ground up. To build on top of the soil, you have to dig well below the surface and lay strong foundational support that … Continue reading

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Life’s greatest question

Genesis 1:1-2:3, Hebrews 1:1-14 Since the beginning, humans have struggled to figure out just how, when, and especially why the world came into existence. When we think about history’s great discoveries, we realize most were made while trying to answer … Continue reading

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No Partiality

Acts 10:34-48 The young man sitting next to me in the airport seemed awfully worried. His face reflected the weight of his worry. After some time, I broke the ice. “How are you doing?” I asked him. I could not … Continue reading

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More than enough

Mark 6:30-44 When the disciples realized the time of day, they knew there was a problem. Having spent the day listening and learning from their Lord, it suddenly dawned on them. There were too many hungry people in a place … Continue reading

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Called to serve

2 Timothy 1:1-14 The seminarian knelt upon the chancel steps anticipating the moment ahead. A life spent studying the Holy Scriptures, one filled with encouragement from family and teachers, suddenly reaches the moment of ordination. Not all are called to … Continue reading

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Just like my Father

Romans 6:1-11, John 8:33-47 When asked, many little boys will say, “When I grow up I want to be just like my father.” Certainly, any father would be honored to hear this statement from his son, especially if he were … Continue reading

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Each according to his ability

Matthew 25:14-30 Believe it or not, the parable of the talents is not about money. To think so is to miss the point of this passage. As it is in so many churches, we read this parable and immediately think … Continue reading

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Good Soil

Mark 3:31–4:9 Not surprisingly. most Christians believe they live a very good life and are open to God’s Word in most instances. After all, we worship, we sing the hymns, and we say the prayers; what else is there? Certainly, … Continue reading

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Turning Tables

Mark 11:12-26 If Jesus were to enter your church today, what would he find? Would he find a pastor who is diligently leading worship? Would Jesus find pews filled with faithful children of God? If Jesus were to sit the … Continue reading

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