Blog Announcement–2/19/2013

Some of you have notice that sometime ago, I created a feature for this blog called, "Growth Tracks."  You can find these guided reading plans in the top header of the blog pages and along the right-hand side panel.  I've just added "Growth Track #4--Cooperating with Our God of Power."  Please, have a look, and … Continue reading Blog Announcement–2/19/2013

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Sermon #41 — Our God of Power: Still to This Very Day — John 14:8-14 & Acts 1:6-11

“We may do the same works that Jesus did (John 14:12) in the same way that he did them – as a human being filled with the Holy Spirit, listening to the Father and acting in obedience.” Long, Stokes, & Strickler, Growing the Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit, p. 113. As we … Continue reading Sermon #41 — Our God of Power: Still to This Very Day — John 14:8-14 & Acts 1:6-11

Pastor Note #50 — Of Love, the Mission of Christ, and a Long-ago Visit to Pakistan

            The room where we all sat was crowded and dark and made of heavy stone.  It felt almost like a castle or a fortress.  That wasn’t so surprising.  We later found out that the building had been built by the British during the “Raj” as a garrison for their troops.  Now it housed … Continue reading Pastor Note #50 — Of Love, the Mission of Christ, and a Long-ago Visit to Pakistan

Sermon #40 — Words from the Beloved Apostle: Loving Like Jesus Again — 1 John 4:7-14

Is loving hard or easy?  Well, it very much depends on what you are referring to by the word "love."  In much of modern, Western culture, love is presented as a feeling or a passion.  If that is true, if love is really a feeling or an emotion, then we should think of love as … Continue reading Sermon #40 — Words from the Beloved Apostle: Loving Like Jesus Again — 1 John 4:7-14

Sermon #39 — Words from the Beloved Apostle: Living through Jesus — 1 John 4:1-6

The confession of faith, "Jesus is Lord!", is a life-giving affirmation.  The faith that is reflected in that a statement is the pathway to life, because the faith that lies at the root of that declaration opens the way into a life-giving communion with the living God of heaven and earth.  The Christian faith is … Continue reading Sermon #39 — Words from the Beloved Apostle: Living through Jesus — 1 John 4:1-6

Prayer Note #45 — The Arithmetic of God

  Where do I find hope, except in you, Good Father?  Yet, I continue to look in other places.  I continue to behave as if I expect to find something better, more pleasing than you.  Of course, I never find anything remotely approaching you.  Everything I find is cotton candy, sugar water, candy corn.  You … Continue reading Prayer Note #45 — The Arithmetic of God