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Real Heroes, part 1   Leave a comment

Acts 9:1-19.

If we are writing tomorrow’s history today as God’s people, we need more heroes.  The world needs heroes to help with disasters, to win wars, and to combat moral and ethical deterioration.  We could hang a sign on the earth that reads: Heroes needed – Apply within!

Hebrews 11 tells of the heroes of the faith.  There you can find summaries of some famous faithful like Abel, Enoch, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and so on.  You can see a clear definition of what faith really is – being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Veggie Tales has a really cool character called Larryboy.  His slogan is: I am that hero!  In a world that needs clear examples of living in faith, are you that hero? 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!

The Blameless Walk   1 comment

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.  O Lord Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you” Psalm 84:11-12, NIV.

The Psalmist mentions just before this that he would rather be a doorkeeper for the Lord than to be in the tent of the wicked.  God is the giver of all things good, and He freely gives to those who truly love and trust Him.  In fact, this text says that He withholds NOTHING from those who are truly obedient to Him, whose walk is blameless. 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 »

Set an Extra Plate – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

Acts 10:1-11:18 (10:44-48 focal).

One of my favorite memories of grade school was what happened on our way home on the last day of school.  Our bus would always stop at The Golden Bear, a local ice cream stand typical in small communities where I grew up in Ohio.  I’d ask Mom for money or save pennies or whatever it took to have enough to get an ice cream cone – what a special treat.  I also remember my last day of school in 2nd grade.  Whether I forgot my money or we didn’t have any is not what I recall, but I do know that I did not have any money and I sat in the back of the bus crying while watching all of the other kids get off the bus to go get their treat, laughing and playing and not paying any attention to the one kid being left out. 

I know what it means to be left out of something of which I really wanted to be part. Read the rest of this entry »

Mom’s Tough Love – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

John 15:1-8.

This is going to hurt me more than it is going to hurt you.  Remember that one?  Parents are notorious for it and as a parent I do understand – but it is still a lie!  We may feel an emotional sting but it is nothing like the physical one.

I remember one place where they didn’t even bother using that line – school.  Yes, I’m old enough to remember school paddling.  There’s only one real way to remember these things – being a victim!  OK, I earned them all.  The one that stands out in my mind… Read the rest of this entry »

Line in the Sand – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

1 John 3:1-7.

Not the easiest text to tackle, but breaking it down one verse at a time helps. Read the rest of this entry »