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

Quote of Note #16 — Honoring and Respecting Others

"The Lord commands us to do good unto all men without exception, though the majority are very undeserving when judged according to their own merits.  But Scripture here helps us out with an excellent argument when it teaches us that we must not think of man's real value, but only of his creation in the … Continue reading Quote of Note #16 — Honoring and Respecting Others

Sermon #13 — The Doctrine of God, Pt. 4: The Image

Our own identity is tied intimately into the identity of God. We bear the image of the living God.  In the person of God, we see the root and origin of our own identity -- broken and distorted though it may be because of our fall in to sin.  In ourselves, we see the imperfect … Continue reading Sermon #13 — The Doctrine of God, Pt. 4: The Image

Sermons #6 — Sex and Loving God: Sin and Grace, Forgiveness and Righteousness

Part 4 of my "Sex and Loving God" series, here I explore John 8:2-11 and the notion of a community of brokenness--a community of redemption.   Earlier in the service, the congregation read Psalm 32 responsively, and that psalm served as a part of the biblical context for this sermon. "Sex and Loving God:  Sin and … Continue reading Sermons #6 — Sex and Loving God: Sin and Grace, Forgiveness and Righteousness

Bible Note #8–Genesis 3:7–Loin Cloths, the Fall, & Sex

Genesis 3:7--"Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves." [HCSB] Maybe it's because I'm preaching about sex these days, but today as I read this verse during my devotions, I was struck by the fact that … Continue reading Bible Note #8–Genesis 3:7–Loin Cloths, the Fall, & Sex