Quote of Note #19: Gracious Help to those in Need

"If anyone . . . appears before you who is in need of your kind services, you have no reason to refuse him your help. Suppose he is a stranger; yet the Lord has pressed his own stamp on him and made him as one of your family, and he forbids you to despise your … Continue reading Quote of Note #19: Gracious Help to those in Need

Quotes of Note #15 — Forgiveness and Freedom

"Regardless of all the reasons why we might not want to forgive, the bottom line is that forgiveness is the best way to bring you into freedom. . . ." "The devil blinds us with the lie: I'm punishing my offender by not forgiving them.  It is as if we think by our refusal to … Continue reading Quotes of Note #15 — Forgiveness and Freedom

Pastor Note #71: Loving Each Other in Words

Loving Each Other in Words The sad truth is that not all churches are places where people treat each other well.  Some churches can become notorious for the way their people are prone to fight and mistreat each other.  Jesus said, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you love … Continue reading Pastor Note #71: Loving Each Other in Words

Prayer Note #49 — A Prayer for Those Who Know Their Sins Well

Without your mercy, I will die. Apart from your forgiveness, you will consume me in the fires of your holy judgment. How can I live apart from you? I would be lost entirely! Yet, how can I live in your presence? I should be devoured by your holy wrath! I will hide in Jesus. In … Continue reading Prayer Note #49 — A Prayer for Those Who Know Their Sins Well

Sermon #46 — “Our Pilgrimage to Grace: Looking for Home” — Luke 15:11-32, Pt. 4

“Is it not the very essence of the Christian hope,  that we shall be changed from much bad to all good?” George MacDonald, 19th century Scottish Preacher and Writer. By taking upon himself the painful, humiliating consequences of our sin, God breaks our self-centered pride, plants the true humility of repentance in us, ans so … Continue reading Sermon #46 — “Our Pilgrimage to Grace: Looking for Home” — Luke 15:11-32, Pt. 4

Sermon #43 — Our Pilgrimage to Grace: Itching for Something Else — Luke 15:11-32

“Nearly everyone who wrestles seriously with this [parable of the “Prodigal Son”] ends up with a sense of awe at its inexhaustible content.”  Kenneth Bailey Who is the Father that Jesus talks so much about?  What is he like and what does that mean for us?  This is the first of a series of sermons … Continue reading Sermon #43 — Our Pilgrimage to Grace: Itching for Something Else — Luke 15:11-32

Sermon #23 — Forgiveness and Reconciliation — Colossians 3:12-17

Forgiving and reconciling are both crucially important aspects of the Christian life.  They are closely and intimately related to each other, and yet they are both distinct and separate actions of the heart.  In this sermon, I examine these two elements of the life of discipleship. Read Colossians 3:12-17. Then listen to Forgiveness and Reconciliation. … Continue reading Sermon #23 — Forgiveness and Reconciliation — Colossians 3:12-17

Sermon #22 — Forgiveness: The Pathway to Healing

Forgiveness is the God-created, God-empowered process by which we are healed from the bitterness that infects our hearts when they get wounded and by which we are set free from the bondage that bitterness produces in us.  Sometimes we can convince ourselves that we can somehow get back at a person who has hurt us … Continue reading Sermon #22 — Forgiveness: The Pathway to Healing

Sermon #21 — Choosing to Forgive — Matthew 6:14-15 & Colossians 3:12-17

God doe not command our feelings.  He commands our choices.  He commands acts of the will.  Much of the time our emotions, our feelings are things that happen to us not things that we do.  That's why I say that God does not command our feelings.  We human beings do not really have control of … Continue reading Sermon #21 — Choosing to Forgive — Matthew 6:14-15 & Colossians 3:12-17