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Living Hope – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

Acts 10:34-43.

So God took hard-headed Peter and showed him that all things are good in God’s sight that He has created.  Then He took Peter to some Gentiles who were anxious to hear the Gospel message that ol’ hard head thought was pretty much just for “his” people. Read the rest of this entry »

Good Friday 2010   Leave a comment

I don’t want to overrun you with clichés, so pardon any that pop up anyway.  As I think of and prepare for Easter and the great celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, here are some thoughts that occupy my mind on this day…

  • My sins played a major roll in the need for Jesus to go to the cross.  Maybe Good Friday should be approached more as a day of mourning even now as it was back then.  Think about it, crucifixion was the most humiliating, brutal punishment the Romans could dish out.  This was not a glamorous event, but one of true terror, agony, suffering, and pain.  In a spiritual sense, this was the price required to pay for my sins.
  • Maybe mourning on this day is more proper, but let it also be said that we are all thankful that this was not the end of the story.  In His death, our redemption was secured if we simply believe in Him.  But had there not been a resurrection, then this would simply be a story of real tragedy and broken promises.  Since God’s word promised that the Messiah would rise again, we can rest assured of yet another of God’s promises kept.  Had this one been broken, then none of the rest would have mattered as much.  God does not break his promises!
  • So if I am mourning for my sin that caused the crucifixion, then I can also be assured in my heart that no matter what this Friday is doing to me spiritually, Sunday is on the way!  Because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ but also His resurrection, I really can know that my Redeemer lives and that everything He said ‘will be’ is reality.  This means that my sins have been cleansed because I believe in Him.  It also means that as things continue to creep into my world causing sin, stress, and strife, I can still turn to my Living Lord and find forgiveness, rest, and peace.
  • Today, as I should every day, I regret with remorse the sins of my life.  But just as Jesus did with the grave, I will not stay in that situation!  My Savior arose and lives today and offers forgiveness and freedom for all who trust in Him.
  • I can’t wait to celebrate the resurrection of the Messiah, Jesus Christ!

Reminders   Leave a comment

The other day I made myself a Peanut Butter and Banana sandwich for lunch.  It reminded me of Elvis, and how I always used to make fun of the various things he ate.  For some reason, that reminded me of things that remind me of other things.  Some are goofy, some are serious, some are happy and others not; but regardless, I find it interesting to know that some things remind us of other things.  For example… Read the rest of this entry »

A Servant’s Love – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

John 12:20-33.

If you just glance at this passage, you could conclude that the Greeks who wanted to approach Jesus never received an answer to their request.  I think otherwise.  Another feature in this passage is Jesus’ declaration of the time finally being at hand.  How many other times in reading the Gospels have we heard Him declare that His time had “not yet” come?

Scripture was about to be fulfilled.  There was only one way for this to happen. Read the rest of this entry »

When Darkness Reigns   Leave a comment

Even though he wasn’t putting up a fight or trying to talk his way out of being arrested, Jesus made an incredibly profound statement when they came to take him. 

 “Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me.  But this is your hour – when darkness reigns.” Luke 22:53, NIV.

 The story of Jesus’ betrayal has been taught and preached about since the day it happened.  It has been dissected and mulled over for centuries.  So instead of giving you all of the implications this event had in human or spiritual history, allow me to simply give you something to think about. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted September 11, 2008 by David N. Peppler, Sr. in Easter, Holidays, Love of God, Sin

Welcome the King   Leave a comment

One of my favorite pictures in the Bible is the scene of what is commonly called the “Triumphal Entry.”  This is the time when Jesus enters Jerusalem in what we now refer to as Holy Week, the week leading up to his crucifixion.  

Somewhat of a miracle happens as Jesus secures his ride, but to me, more of a miracle happens when the ride heads to town.  Read the rest of this entry »

Easter   Leave a comment

Far too many Easters past I have caught myself doing the same thing.  I put all of my eggs in one basket, so to speak.  Actually, what I have caught myself doing in the past is allowing my Easter celebrations to focus solely on the cross of Jesus Christ.

This is not a bad thing.  I could simply view it as just another Sunday – more services to plan, messages to prepare and deliver, buy something new to wear, etc.  There are times from a ministry standpoint that Easter closely resembles Christmas.  It just seems to get so busy! Read the rest of this entry »

Posted September 11, 2008 by David N. Peppler, Sr. in Easter, Holidays, Love of God