Contributed on Mar 29, 2007
What if Jesus showed up where we live?
Making Church More Interesting Mark 1:21-28 (LA Times Article: "Religion abounds at YMCA) Many people today are not dinging church interesting or relevant. That’s strange, because when Jesus lived on earth, the most common reaction was amazement. Sometimes people were upset or angry, and ...read more
Contributed on Mar 30, 2007
The benefits of the kingdom come to those who "lose" their lives for the gospel: deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow Jesus.
Go for It Mark 8:34-38 (read 8:27-38) Did you ever see me ski? I admit my heart wasn’t into it too much. Not being very good at it, I couldn’t really see the point of going up and down a hill in the cold. When I did go down the hill, I kept thinking about how not to break or sprain anything. My ...read more
Contributed on Apr 2, 2007
Is forgiveness of sins the greatest need of a paralyzed man? Yes! It’s our greatest need too, and the greatest need of others we know.
Forgiveness First Mark 2:1-12 Illus: I fainted and was taken in the middle of the night to the emergency room--returned in middle of the day wearing my pajamas! I felt like people were staring. Maybe the paralyzed man was used to stares. But when he was lowered into the middle of a crowded ...read more
Contributed on Apr 3, 2007
Morality is more than "strict" or "lax". It begins in the heart, develops moral principles and guidlines, and ultimately is in the context of a relationship with God who cares
Beyond Strict Mark 2:23-3:6 Illus: I placed signs on the wall on either side of the platform: "strict" and "lax", moving back and forth toward one or the other at appropriate times. How strict should you be? How strict should you be with your kids? How strict should you be with yourself? We ...read more