Contributing sermons since Nov 12, 2016
Contributed on Jun 28, 2022
We are the people living in stone houses. And Jesus is challenging us with this teaching.
Some Blog writers collect lists of humorous First World Problems, like Losing The TV Remote, Ads On Youtube, Being Hungry But Not For Any Of The Food In Your Fridge, Eating Fruit With Seeds, your walk-in closet is not big enough. Author Martha J. Beckman tells of scooping out a bowl of ice cream ...read more
Contributed on Jun 5, 2022
We have archeological evidence that some ancient Jews had recourse to magic or superstition. For example, many wore an amulet with the stated purpose of to attract people to them, or to prevent against curses.
There is an old story of a man who needed to send a letter from his remote camp to the neighboring village, so he asked his son to make the trip. The son had never traveled to the village on his own. He looked at the trail ahead of him and said, “I’ll go, Dad, but I don’t see how that path will ...read more
Contributed on Jun 1, 2022
When Martha brought her stress and complaints to Jesus, he heard her deepest need. He wanted Martha’s soul to catch up to her body.
A journalist with Bon Appetit Magazine asked readers to submit examples of their worst dinner party experiences. A woman names Bea Stein wrote about how the candles on her patio table fell over and set the whole table on fire. Another hostess had 50 guests coming over for brunch when the city ...read more
Contributed on May 31, 2022
I can’t help but think it was Mother Teresa’s having to suffer the loss of her father, who was murdered when she was a child, that directed her to a life of mercy.
Jesus is asked 183 questions of which he only answers 3. The expert asked a question wanting to test Jesus and he got an answer. But in the story about the Good Samaritan, Jesus is testing him—and us. The man beaten and robbed was going from Jerusalem to Jericho. So were the priest and Levite, ...read more
Contributed on May 30, 2022
This was the first successful transfer of charismatic authority to a large group since the time of Moses; it signifies that a new era has come!
“He sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit.” In pairs, for mutual support and to provide judicial testimony to what they see. Ecclesiastes 4:9 says, two are better than one,… If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” He sent them; the verb used is ...read more
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Contributed on Dec 9, 2017