Better Together

“And let us consider one another in order to provoke love and good works, not neglecting to gather together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24–25) William Blake famously said, “A bird, a nest; the spider, a web; […]

Living Stones

“And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.” (1 Peter 2:5, NLT) We live in a world of 7.9 billion people; yet we’ve never been lonelier. We’ve never felt so […]

Do You Want to Get Well?

Do You Want to Get Well?

“One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, ‘Do you want to get well?’” (John 5:5–6) Over the past few weeks, we’ve diligently studied the Scriptures together in order to […]

Where is He?

Where is He?

“Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:2) That’s the question the magi asked King Herod following their 900 mile trip from Persia to Bethlehem. Here’s the thing. Every one of us knows that things aren’t […]

Am I in the Place of God?

Am I in the Place of God?

“When Rachel saw that she was not bearing Jacob any children, she became jealous of her sister. So she said to Jacob, ‘Give me children, or I’ll die!’ Jacob became angry with her and said, ‘Am I in the place of God, who has kept you from having children?’” (Genesis 30:1-2) Essentially, Jacob came to […]

Where is the Lamb?

Where is the Lamb?

“Then Isaac spoke to his father Abraham and said, ‘My father.’ And he replied, ‘Here I am, my son.’ Isaac said, ‘The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?’” (Genesis 22:7) That haunting question was asked atop Mount Moriah 4,000 years ago. Little did ten-year-old Isaac know […]

Where Are You?

“Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’” (Genesis 3:8–9) In my sermon […]

Searching

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God really say…?’” (Genesis 3:1) We live in a strange age, don’t we? You have in your pocket a smart phone that is one million times more powerful that the Apollo 11 […]

The Forgotten Man of Christmas

The Forgotten Man of Christmas

“When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.” (Matthew 1:24) We’ve spent the last three weeks talking about God conceiving and delivering the miraculous in us, and Mary has been our example. But what about Joseph’s miracle? God worked in a […]

Delivering the Miraculous

Delivering the Miraculous

“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:6–7) The tidings of comfort and joy we’re discussing is the […]

Conceiving the Miraculous

Conceiving the Miraculous

“The angel replied to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35) The tidings of comfort and joy we’re discussing is the idea of the Grand Miracle, Jesus’ incarnation. […]

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

“One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.” (Luke 17:15–16) The story of the ten lepers healed by Jesus reminds me of the church sometimes. The fact that God healed ten men, and […]