Jan 10 – Catch Afire – Luke 3: 15-17, 21-22

There are materials and substances which catch afire easily, and others which are fairly impervious to ignition. Stone, glass, steel or metal, these items are pretty safe from catching afire. That’s probably why we use them on the exteriors of our homes and buildings. Wood, plastics, chemicals, all share the property of being fairly combustible,…

Jan 3 – Make It Plain – John 1: 10-18

Don’t you wish sometimes, people trying desperately to explain things, would simply just make it plain? Every time I go to get my car repaired I come away feeling either like an idiot because I don’t understand a thing they are trying to explain to me, or I feel like an idiot because I feel…

Dec 24 – Finding Bethlehem

We are always so anxious to get to Christmas, aren’t we? We choose just the perfect Christmas tree and get it set up ever so carefully in the room of choice. We buy all the presents and wrap them, arrange them precisely under our tree. We gather all the supplies we need for our feast;…

Nov 29 – Looking For Hope – Jeremiah 33: 14-16

As I open my eyes and look around, I see so many places where hope seems non-existent. People going through their daily lives and routines, but with numb looks on their faces and in their demeanor. Violence seems to be escalating here at home and abroad. One country is angry with another over violating air…

Apr 20 – Resurrection Wonders – Luke 24: 1-16, 30-32

It seems to me, we are constantly being bombarded with all kinds of new technological advances. Its hard to keep up with what all these advances can do and mean in our lives. Who would have thought 20 years ago we’d be able to control the air conditioning and heating in this building without even…

Mar 3 – Can I Get A Witness? – Matthew 16: 13-16

In our lifetimes, we go from one experience to another. Many are repeated every day, some are repeated every week, and still others are on a monthly or annual basis. Every once in awhile though, we have those unique and singular experiences we would like to remember, recall, and share with others. They are of…

Feb 23 – “That’s a Hard One” – Matthew 5: 38-48

We have an exceedingly difficult passage of scripture today to look at. The requirements Jesus puts out for his followers is difficult to imagine keeping to. They are of the highest order and require fundamental changes in how one comports oneself. That’s sort of where I came up with our title today, “That’s a Hard…

Feb 16 – “For Goodness Sake” – Deuteronomy 30: 15-20

We’ve all heard it. Maybe even some of us use it now and again. “For Goodness Sake.” But what does it really mean? Its idiomatic and euphemistic in nature. It can be used to express frustration, exasperation, annoyance, surprise or amazement. “Well, for goodness sake, get up off the couch and get something done today.”…