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)
The shopping mall is a dangerous place. You know that, right? And I'm not just talking about the potential thief in the parking lot or the danger of having someone steal your credit card information. I'm talking about something much worse. I'm talking about danger for our souls.
I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a word in the English language that is more overused and a concept that is more underused than "love."
Last week, we noticed the difference between the soldiers (Jesus' enemies) and the women (Jesus' friends) at the tomb that first Easter Sunday morning. The soldiers fainted in fear. The women listened to God's word and found joy. Here's Matthew 28:5: "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay."
I remember a tree house that my older brother and his friends once built overlooking the creek near our elementary school.
A great sigh of relief swept through our nation on Sunday night as President Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden had been found and killed in a covert military raid.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt said that "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Yeah right. Try telling that to the man being mauled by a bear, or the woman about to be hit by a car, or anyone facing a life-threatening danger. Just telling them they don't have to fear it doesn't quite do the job.
"For Sale: one empty tomb, like new, sure to increase in value. Make offer." Yes, I know the tomb was borrowed to begin with, but I like the idea of a tomb that is not only empty, but no longer needed. I like the notion of an abandoned grave where no visits are made, no flowers laid, not out of apathy, but simply because there is no need. The one they remember is not there, ...
Christian writer, preacher and teacher Tony Campolo famously tells a wonderful story of a "preach off" in which he competed with several pastors in his predominantly African-American church.
It's Good Friday, the pivotal date in world history. I want to invite all of you to come and hear the windows at our church, specifically the one that tells the story of this day. If you don't know where our church is, check the website below, because you really need to hear these windows. And yes, I meant "hear" the windows. They tell a story. Really, it's the story of all of Scripture. Everything ...
"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?"
What's your problem? Have you ever tried to figure that out? If you do, and you take some time to really think about it, and you're honest about it, I can tell you what conclusion you'll come to: You are the root of the problem, you and your selfishness. That might sound harsh, but it's true. Any problem you experience can be boiled down to selfishness. That's part of who we are as humans. ...
In 1998 the American Film institute listed the 100 greatest movies of all time. At the top of the list was Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane."
As childish as it sounds, you hear that refrain repeatedly in the Passion History, the story of Jesus' suffering and death that takes center stage during Lent.
A friend returned from a mission trip to Central America with a renewed sense of excitement about doing God's work. "I went down there to help other people," she said, "but I didn't expect that they would help me. I thought I had something to give, but what I got back was so much more."
Have you ever felt strong? I mean truly strong, as in invincible? Have you ever felt weak? I mean worthless, like the world would really be a better place without you? Isn't it funny how we can feel so mighty, and then, in just a moment, so defeated. What happens? How does it happen so fast? It is good to feel strong; to be encouraged; we need those times in life. We need to be ...
As a child, I used to play a game of endurance with my friends. On the school playground, we would all hang from the bars of a "horizontal ladder" and see who could hang on the longest. Eventually, our hands would get tired, and one by one, we would drop to the ground. Last one hanging wins.
Fathers, Let me speak to you as men. If you are a man, you will not shy from this challenge. If you are still a little boy, you will probably whine a little bit after the following: The relationship between a father and his child is the picture the Bible gives us of the human relationship with God the Father. When fathers raise their sons and daughters in godliness, they model the relationship that God ...