Difficulty Requires the Prayer of Persistent Patience

I want to focus our thinking today by using a familiar scripture in Luke 18:1-8. I encourage you to read with me. Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did … Continue reading “Difficulty Requires the Prayer of Persistent Patience”

The Faith Journey

This evening I want to emphasize that living by faith in God is a journey, not a destination. Faith is a walk with God, not a place that we arrive. Someone sees that we have faith in God by how we act on an everyday basis. They do not see that we have faith because … Continue reading “The Faith Journey”

The Exodus and the Cross

Every life, without exception, lives through dark hours. No one escapes days when all circumstances say the worst is inevitable. We all experience times when we are overwhelmed with setbacks, losing struggles, and painful realities which dominate our todays and threaten our tomorrows. Sometimes the threats are physical and put physical existence in jeopardy. Sometimes … Continue reading “The Exodus and the Cross”

Resisting Jesus

The American society has many great qualities that produce incredible opportunities. Among them are our high degree of individual freedom; our number of personal rights; our economic opportunities; our standard of living; and our educational opportunities. Though troubled, we are still a nation of freedom and opportunity The irony: with all this, we still produce … Continue reading “Resisting Jesus”

God’s Solution for the Problem of Sin

Once sin was an impossible problem for people. Why? There were only inadequate, temporary solutions for the problem. No one of himself or herself had the power to destroy sin. God’s permanent solution had not yet come into existence, and humans were powerless to produce a permanent solution. In early human history, people offered animal … Continue reading “God’s Solution for the Problem of Sin”

Showing People Jesus

Occasionally we sing a beautiful song entitled, “Have You Seen Jesus, My Lord?” It begins by asking a question and making a statement. “Have you seen Jesus, my Lord? He’s standing here in full view.” The song asks if you have seen a beautiful display in nature, or a family who loves each other, or … Continue reading “Showing People Jesus”

Sharing Jesus

I want us to prayerfully begin with a reading. Take a Bible and read with me John 1:1-5. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came … Continue reading “Sharing Jesus”

The Lord Speaks

God always has communicated His desires in a manner that the listener and seeker could understand. In times past, there have been occasions when God communicated directly with individuals or bodies of people. For example, God spoke directly to heads of households with such people as Adam, Noah, and Abraham. Through Moses and Joshua, He … Continue reading “The Lord Speaks”

What God Wants – You Want

What is the greatest feeling that you have ever felt? If you could choose one feeling that you could experience daily, what feeling would you choose? Let me make an observation. This is given as one man’s opinion. For most of us, if not all of us, the greatest feeling that we experience is the … Continue reading “What God Wants – You Want”

The resurrection of Lazarus

The gospels provide us very few views of Jesus’ personal life. We are often told of him when is among the multitudes, when he had private discourse with individuals, when he is teaching his disciples, or when he is taking an initiative. Rarely do we see Jesus when he is “just being himself” as he … Continue reading “The resurrection of Lazarus”