Contributed on Nov 29, 2014
Loving those who are hostile toward us may be one of the hardest things for us to do. But it is what Jesus commanded.
Have you ever been in a situation where a comment you have made was misinterpreted and caused problems that you never intended? I really don’t care for texting for that reason. People cannot hear the tone in your voice so a soft “No” maybe interpreted as a harsh “No” ...read more
Contributed on Oct 23, 2014
Jesus was well known for upsetting people's "apple carts." In this sermon He challenges us to go beyond the obvious sin of murder and to dwell on anger, judgment, and provoking others.
Don’t you hate it when someone comes along and “upsets the apple cart?” This saying originated sometime in the 1800’s. The idea behind it was that a farmer had carefully loaded his cart with apples to take and sell at the market place. However, some clumsy oaf would come ...read more
Contributed on Oct 31, 2014
According to the Law of Moses, adultery carried a death sentence. Jesus equates lust with adultery. Was Jesus commanding lust-filled people to be put to death?
How many of you remember Abigail Van Buren? She wrote a daily column answering questions from readers. Once a man wrote: "Dear Abby, I am in love and I am having an affair with two different women other than my wife. I love my wife but I love these other women too. Please tell me what to do, but ...read more
Contributed on Nov 7, 2014
Jesus appears to stongly condemn remarriage after a divorce. This tends to create a bleak future for a lot of folks. But was this his intent? This sermon covers the message that Jesus was delivering concerning divorce and remarriage.
We are in the midst of a series entitled “Upsetting the Apple Cart.” We have already discovered that murder is wrong but Jesus equated being angry with someone to murder. We have already discovered that adultery is wrong but Jesus equated looking with lust to adultery. Today He really ...read more
Contributed on Nov 13, 2014
To often we take vows, pledges and promises way to lightly. We are assured that God doesn't.
A businessman was traveling on a plane for the first time. He had always been terrified of flying but his next appointment required him to do so. The flight was going well when suddenly the plane shuddered. The pilot came over the intercom and announced that the engines on the right side had ...read more
Contributed on Nov 19, 2014
An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth seemed rather fair but Jesus had a better, more difficult way to settle things.
As some of you remembered back in May, four weeks before my very first cruise, I fell at the local Y injuring my shoulder. What followed was accident reports being filed, doctor visits, ex-rays, MRIs, and the diagnosis of shoulder surgery. Looking on the internet I was discovering the cost was to ...read more