Archive for the ‘Forgiveness’ Category

Doubts   1 comment

John 20:24-29

The Resurrected Jesus appeared to his disciples on many occasions, being seen by 500 people before ascending to heaven.  One of those appearances gives us a great word for today.  Thomas said that he would not believe Jesus was raised until he saw him and touched his wounds.  In other words, “I’ll believe it when I see it.”  Jesus appeared.  He saw.  He believed. Read the rest of this entry »

The Blunt Truth – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

Luke 13:1-9.

Do you know anyone who is very blunt in their speech?  Are you a blunt person?  One thing I like about blunt people is that you never have to guess what is on their minds or where you stand with them.  Jesus had a conversation in which he was quite blunt with the truth of repentance. Read the rest of this entry »

Slippery Sublety – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

Genesis 3:8-15.

Living right is full of distracting temptations.  Last week we looked at Ezekiel as he witnessed the valley of dry bones coming together, with muscle forming and tissue developing, and the four winds of God’s Spirit entering the bodies to produce a mighty army – that’s us!

So as we move forward and prepare to think forward as a church, allow me to offer a word of warning. Read the rest of this entry »

Clearance Sale   1 comment

Everything must go!  Our family recently participated in a yard sale as we continue to make preparations for moving.  Just like everybody else who has such events, we had zero desires to take any of these “treasures” back into our house.  Our words to passersby and potential customers were something like this, “If you see something you like but don’t like the price, speak up!  We can take care of that for you.  This is a clearance sale and everything must go.”  To our delight and surprise, all but two medium-sized boxes remained.  God is good!

I doubt that the apostle Paul had any yard sales, but I do believe that one point he was making to the church in Philippi had some similar principles. Read the rest of this entry »

The Shower   Leave a comment

I wonder what Peter was thinking.  Jesus himself was washing the feet of the disciples.  He must have been disgusted with them for allowing their Lord and Master to do such a lowly thing.  “I won’t allow Him to do this to me.  It’s not right,” he must have thought.  Jesus had no business doing the work of a servant.  Besides, did Peter really need cleaned?

When Jesus got to Peter and heard his protests, He offered a couple of statements; “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me,” and “A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean.” (John 13:8b, 10a, NIV) Read the rest of this entry »

Sunburn   Leave a comment

I hate sunburn.  It is both annoying and painful.  It is painful in that it actually burns the skin and requires various lotions and potions to ease the constant sting of the burn.  It is annoying in other ways.

First, there is the peeling that follows.  Having recently been sunburned, I have an understanding of how annoying this is.  Having lost plenty of hair over the past few years, I still fail to remember a hat for that first time of overexposure to the sun.  This is an annual event that is frequently followed by remembrance of a cap for the rest of the summer.  This past week, the identical scenario played out. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted September 11, 2008 by David N. Peppler, Sr. in Christian Lifestyle, Forgiveness, Sin

Losing Weight   Leave a comment

Yes, I’m a bit overweight.  That is, if you consider 40 pounds to be a bit!  I have no doubts that the next time I see my doctor, he’ll look me squarely in the face and say something like, “Let’s do something about these extra pounds.”

As if he is actually planning on helping!  I know what I need.  It’s the standard “diet and exercise” answer.  These will either help my body return to proper health or they kill me.  In my present physical condition, I can’t say that I’m feeling great about either.  Proper health is my goal; it’s the actual losing of the weight that I fear.  It will take a lot of work to get rid of that which I need to lose.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted September 11, 2008 by David N. Peppler, Sr. in Forgiveness, Sin