Categories
Epistles

God Is Faithful

15-Jan-23 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 There are days when my sincere desire is to end it all in the same way that the Apostle Paul had hoped to end it. He looked forward, with deep and eager anticipation, to our Lord’s return, and he believed, with all of his heart that he would witness that return […]

Categories
Gospels

Becoming a True Child of God

08-Jan-23 Matthew 3 Given the opportunity, most of us would say that John the Baptist has about as much to do with Christmas as does Santa Claus. Or, maybe we’d give good ole’ Santa a slight edge over John. They might both wear really strange clothes, but at least Santa’s are red. If Santa had […]

Categories
Gospels

Their Old Familiar Carols Play

01-Jan-23 Luke 2:8-20 “And in despair, I bowed my head, ‘there is no peace on earth’, I said, ‘for hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men.”‘ And so goes the third verse of the Christmas Carol, “I heard the bells on Christmas Day.” The words to that […]

Categories
Uncategorized

Christmas Eve 2022

24-Dec-22 “And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger because there was no place for them in the inn.” Those are some of the most familiar words in all of the Scriptures. They are simple and straight-forward words, and yet there is […]

Categories
Gospels

Joseph Strives for Grace

18-Dec-22 Matthew 1:18-25 Fourth Sunday in Advent It is quite possible that Joseph might have missed Christmas. There is a whole lot of space between his discovery that his intended had been unfaithful, and the angelic visitation that set him on the right path. Much could have happened, and much did happen in that intervening […]

Categories
Epistles

Strengthen Your Hearts

11-Dec-22 James 5:7-11 Third Sunday in Advent It’s all about hanging in there, isn’t it? It’s all about Jesus coming back, and it is all about being patient while we wait. But waiting for something is always difficult, isn’t it? It’s hard work. And sometimes, it’s scary; like when we are awaiting the results of […]

Categories
Epistles

Coming Together for the Glory of God

04-Dec-22 Romans 15:1-7 Second Sunday in Advent It has been said that church is the only place that we willingly and joyfully and regularly go, where we will interact, fellowship, worship and do ministry with people that we would ordinarily have no other reason to associate with*. I’m totally convinced that this is one of […]

Categories
Epistles

The Beginning Is Nearer

27-Nov-22 Romans 13:11-14 First Sunday in Advent This year, as we gathered around the Thanksgiving table it was very obvious to us that the passing of time had taken its toll. Around that table was a brand new generation. It was not the kind of brand new generation that is represented by small children, or […]

Categories
Epistles

This is Jesus

20-Nov-22 Col 1:15-20 All of us have images in our minds of Jesus that we keep and cherish. And, as our observance and celebration of Christmas gets closer and closer, and at a fairly rapid pace, I might add, some of those images in our minds will be switching over to a little boy in […]

Categories
Prophets

The Grace of the Lord Jesus

13-Nov-22 Malachi 4 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen. I can’t think of a more wonderful blessing to bestowed upon us. Can you? Wrapped up in that blessing is the entirety of this life and the whole of eternity. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the […]