Prayer Note #47–A Prayer for Pure Pleasure

Lord, my Shepherd, shepherd my wayward will.  Keep prodding me back onto the right path.  You see my mind -- how it wanders after pretty, poisonous pleasures.  I beg your help.  Keep me from pursuing those enticing, envenomed enchantments Capture my heart with visions of your true joy, the powerfully pure pleasures of your kingdom.  … Continue reading Prayer Note #47–A Prayer for Pure Pleasure

Sermon #50 — Then, Now, and Forever: Refreshing Times — Acts 3:11-23

Astonishment is an emotion that modern Americans have very mixed feelings about. We're mostly quite comfortable about other people's astonishment.  We're generally less comfortable  with feeling astonishment ourselves.  I don't mean simple amazement at some entertaining stunt making the rounds of the internet. The kind of astonishment that I'm referring to here is the feeling … Continue reading Sermon #50 — Then, Now, and Forever: Refreshing Times — Acts 3:11-23

Sermon #49–“Then, Now, & Forever: Better Than Gold”

THEN, NOW, & FOREVER: BETTER THAN GOLD A Sermon from Acts 3:1-10 A human being simply cannot grasp a live electrical wire and remain unaffected by the encounter.  That is the simple nature of things.  A significant electric current passing through the human body will be an experience that the person cannot ignore.  So, also, … Continue reading Sermon #49–“Then, Now, & Forever: Better Than Gold”

Prayer Note #46 — A Channel of Blessing: a Pastor’s Prayer

[Although I have called this a "Pastor's Prayer," with a slight adjustment of the language, this prayer might well work as a prayer for any Christian who wants to be a channel of blessing to the people in their lives.  And what Christian wouldn't want to be a channel of God's blessing in the lives … Continue reading Prayer Note #46 — A Channel of Blessing: a Pastor’s Prayer

BIBLE NOTE #18–Matthew14:22-33: Adventures in Water-walking with Jesus

ADVENTURES IN WATER-WALKING WITH JESUS   I love this passage – Matthew 14:22-32. But I’m still not sure I understand what Peter had in mind (v.28). It all happened one dark, windy night out in the middle of the Sea of Galilee. It’s typically called a “sea,” but really it’s a large, freshwater lake. Still, … Continue reading BIBLE NOTE #18–Matthew14:22-33: Adventures in Water-walking with Jesus