Peace – Prayer – Joy – Love

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The healing story that was read for us this morning is only found in the gospel of John. A man, born blind miraculously healed with spit and mud. This might be just one of the grosses miracles, but a miracle nonetheless. The assumption is this man’s birth was a defected because of something he or his parents did; i.e. sin. If that were…

Joy in Philippi. Joy in Humility.

For many of you it shouldn’t be a surprise to learn the Apostle Paul patterned his life after Jesus. Yes, he was “a rebel, an outlaw, a renegade, and a sanctified troublemaker,” as Mark Driscoll so aptly describes. Paul was also single, homeless, lived by other’s welfare and charity, and was hated so much by the religious and political elites that he…

Standing Firm on the Promise of God’s Forgiveness

  What a big day we are celebrating, today. It’s so great to begin our fourth Sunday of Lent with a beautiful baptism and then end it with a marvelous feast. Lent is often a time to fast from the things that keep us away from God. But as I reminded (B.) at Wednesday’s service each Sunday during Lent is considered a mini-Easter; we are given a day…

Standing Firm on the Promise of God’s Grace (a Lenten sermon series pt. 3)

A man goes to his doctor because he’s been feeling very ill for the last couple of days. The doctor gives him several sets of pills, and lengthy instructions on how to take them. The doctor says; “Take the green pill with two big glasses of water when you get up. An hour later, take the white pill with another glass of…

Stand Firm on the Promise of God’s Righteousness

Have you ever uttered this phrase: “Lord, how much can a person bear?” If so, did you scream it out loud? Or did you stew on it silently within yourself, too afraid of sounding unfaithful? Either way, you are not alone. In fact, this is the number one question I am most frequently asked. “How much can a person bear?” This is…

Standing Firm on the Promise of God’s Word

There is something serendipitous about Valentine’s Day and the first Sunday in Lent occurring on the same day. It’s kind of like God is giving us a free pass to nosh on the chocolate without the guilt. Let us remember that every Sunday is a mini Easter, a time fit for feasting. Traditionally, Lent is about sacrifice and giving something up.  But the way I see it,…