Have you ever wondered what a preacher's nightmare is? I'll tell you.
Last week, we talked about how the church - this "body" of Christ - doesn't always look so "Christ-like," how so often our sinful selfishness gets in the way and members start fighting against themselves, against their own body. This week, I want us to keep looking at 1 Corinthians 12 and how God works with us when we don't get along, when we aren't acting like one body.
Psalm 122:8-9 (New Revised Standard Version):
Just a Thought: The Anti-Christ is coming, the Anti-Christ is coming!!
OK - time for true confessions. I have to admit something to you. My church does all sorts of things for the community - Easter 4 Kids, Vacation Bible School, Soccer Camp, Christmas 4 Kids, and the list goes on. In fact, as I write this, we just presented our Fall Festival - free food, games, hayrides, pony rides, face painting, cakewalk, music and so much more. It's a great party. But, I said I ...
Just a thought: "Shut that LION mouth!!"
Picture yourself in the courtroom, awaiting the verdict. How are you feeling? It's your verdict … your future. It's a death penalty trial. You're hoping your lawyer did enough, but ... in a moment, you will either be free - or condemned. Not a comfortable feeling, is it?
Chris Smith won unopposed in November 2009 for an East Ward city council seat. The election date, he says, was exactly 150 years after his great-grandfather Robinson won the same seat. His grandfather, Carl Smith, was next on city council, followed by Carl's son, Billy, Chris's father.
Transformation is fascinating, especially when the change is dramatic and you can see it happen before your very eyes. That point was underscored to me this week by "Body Evolution," by Global Democracy, a video that was released two years ago, but went viral last week, when the model was identified publicly.
Colossians 2:8 (Contemporary English Version) Don't let anyone fool you by using senseless arguments. These arguments may sound wise, but they are only human teachings.
According to a recent Fox News poll, 73 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the direction of the country, up 20 points from 2012. Americans sense that there's a lot going wrong in our nation, but most don't have a clue about the true nature of our problem.
Just a Thought: What do you do when you hear the warning horns of an oncoming storm? Take action!
Acts 17:4-6 (English Standard Version)
Psalm 19:7-11 reads, "The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, ...
"For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways" (Ps 91:11 NIV).
Do you believe in Santa Klaus? I do. His actual name was Nicholas. He is also known at St. Nicholas (or St. Nick), or Nicholas of Myra. The Dutch settlers to America called him "Santer Klause." It was Nicholas' real life that gave rise to the legends of Santa Klaus.
Have you heard about Billy's new Golden Retriever? He bought one that had just come out of retrieving school, picked up his friend Bob and right away they went duck hunting. "Boom, boom," the shotguns fired, a ducks fell, and the new dog sprung into action. It ran out onto the pond and came back with the duck, running on top of the water. Billy looked at Bob for a comment, but Bob didn't say ...
"Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Th 5:18) Don't you just love opening presents? Shiny, colorful, crinkling paper tears away as wishes are filled. The words "thank you" are effortlessly repeated. If you want to hear a lot of grateful people, just watch celebrities as they climb the stairs to receive their Oscars.
Listen to the responses of two former White House advisers, Dick Morris and Chuck Colson, to election the of Senator Barack Obama as our 44th President.
Well, most elections are over. You may be happy with the outcome, or you may be disturbed with the results. I for one am not too worried. My hope has never been in who sits in the White House, or who sits in the Courthouse or who sits in our Congressional offices; my hope is in the one who sits on the throne of heaven, and that has not changed.
Clouds of smoky dust unrolled as trucks entered the lot. While I walked toward my destination, I noticed the adjacent cemetery. Quiet, except for the occasional bird, I became increasingly aware of the noise that my feet were generating. Crunching, wobbling and moving forward through the newly poured gravel, I stopped to look at one of the stones.
Did you ever have to make a project for school? I was one of four kids and our kitchen was continually used as Project Central. There was always a sigh of relief when the toothpick creation, rolled poster board or shoebox diorama was finally taken to school.
Life at times is hard. It seems so unfair. We suffer sometimes because of our own actions; other times because of the actions of others. How should we respond when times are tough and things are desperate and when it seems like we've been abandoned and heaven itself resounds with a deafening silence to our cries?
It's official. Mudslinging season is winding down to a close. During the next few days, emotions will run high, opinions will be shared and votes will be tallied. Don't make a mistake. Our children are watching us. I know, it doesn't seem possible that our own kids can comprehend complex issues involved in national and local elections. They probably don't.
Hebrews 12:1-2: "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting ...
Nov. 1 on the church calendar is known as "All Saints Day." Most of us are more familiar with the celebration of all hallow eve (known today as Halloween), but we have forgotten the true significance of these events.
One of the great maladies of our society today is our insistence on rights but our neglect of responsibility. We expect to have the right to do whatever we want when we want but then we think of responsibility only in terms of others.
Would you like to watch a humorous, intelligent, thought provoking movie this weekend? "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" starring Ben Stein was just released on DVD. I saw it yesterday, thoroughly enjoyed it, and recommend it highly. As the title suggests, the movie is about the discrimination that some scientists have received when they dared to suggest that the apparent designs and patterns in nature could be explained by an intelligent designer of nature. ...