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Contributed on Jun 28, 2020
Paul tells us that before we became Christians, we had nothing of value. What did Paul tell us we had that makes a difference in our lives?
OPEN: The year was 1905. There was a baseball game between the Rhyolites and Beattys in Salt Lake City. The batter stepped up to the plate and hit a ground ball toward First Base but it struck a small rock and shot off at an angle, Fortunately the 1st baseman (William Giffiths) easily fielded the ...read more
Contributed on Jun 21, 2020
People struggle with being called "wretches" (like Amazing Grace has labeled us). The question is - are we "wretches", and if we are - why is that important to know?
I love to sing so I’m going to ask you sing a couple old hymns with me: “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that SAVED A WRETCH LIKE ME. I once was lost, but now I’m found. Was blind, but now I see. “At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light, and the burden of my heart rolled away. ...read more
Contributed on Jun 14, 2020
Paul said he prayed for the Ephesians that they would "know... what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us." Why would Paul bother to pray that they'd KNOW such a thing, and why would it matter if we knew this power?
OPEN: The first church I served was in a quaint resort town called Hamilton, IN. It was a nice little town. A peaceful and quiet community. Well, except for that one time when the State police sent several officers as well as (pause) a bomb squad to the home of one of the residents there. It seems ...read more
Contributed on Jun 7, 2020
The first chapter of Ephesians is dedicated to telling the Christians there how pretty they are to God. Why would Paul spend all that ink and paper on this topic? And what can that mean to us?
I read once about a nursing home worker who would go from room to room taking care of the needs of the residents. On day she was in the room of one of the residents when the woman looked up at her and said “My but you’re pretty!” The attendant blushed. She was “plump” and “overweight and wasn’t ...read more
Contributed on May 31, 2020
Peter told the crowd at Pentecost: "Save Yourself from this crooked generation." But there's a few problems with that statement. Do you know what those problems are, and what the Bible says about those objections?
OPEN: In a third-grade class, the teacher asked Johnnie, “Is the world round?” “No, ma’am,” was the reply. “It isn’t?” exclaimed the teacher. “Then I suppose it’s flat?” “No, ma’am.” “Well, honey, if the world isn’t round and it’s not flat… then what is it?” Johnnie smiled and replied: “My dad says ...read more
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Contributed on May 5, 2013
POWER AND DISCIPLINE Over here is a wall socket. There is power in that socket. Because of that power, I can plug lamps, fans, microwaves and phone chargers into it and magically empower those devises. I can even plug a car charger into a wall socket and revive a dead car battery (like I’ve had ...read more
Contributed on Mar 24, 2013
THE BLOOD AND WATER Before I became a minister I attended a secular college for a couple of years. While I was there I took several classes I thought would help me when I went to Bible college, and some of those classes were in Philosophy. Now Philosophy and Christianity are somewhat at ...read more
Contributed on Mar 3, 2013
Why would Jesus need to be baptized by John? Well... Jesus' baptism by John was the beginning of Jesus' ministry. Mark 1:1 starts out: "The BEGINNING of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God" and then Mark starts telling us about Jesus' baptism by John. In Luke 3:23 ...read more
Contributed on Feb 11, 2013
THE DEADLY DISEASE OF SIN The Bible is very blunt about sin – it doesn’t matter how YOU grade your sin, if you don’t accept that you’ve sinned… you can’t fix the problem. It’s like a man having a deadly disease. He experiencing distressing physical problems but doesn’t KNOW he’s going to die ...read more
Contributed on Dec 30, 2012
PAX ROMANA About 27 years before Jesus was born Rome experienced something unique that history has called Pax Romana = the peace of Rome. Beginning with the reign of Augustine, Emperor of Rome and lasting till about 180 A.D. (a period of 200 years) Rome was at peace. They had few internal ...read more