Contributed on Feb 7, 2010
Jesus told the young man that he "close to the Kingdom of God." What did He mean by that?
OPEN: In my files I have the observations someone made about how our culture uses the word “heart.” • For example, a person without compassion is described as "heartless," and we urge them to "have a heart." • The truly evil are "black-hearted" while godly saints have ...read more
Contributed on Feb 21, 2010
Jesus says I have to love my enemies. But there’s a reason they’re my enemies - I don’t like them! So why should I do this?
OPEN: The military apparently understands the need to make their instructions memorable and so they occasionally resort to humor to explain the basics. For example: Instructions printed on Rocket Launcher tells soldiers to "Aim towards the Enemy." U.S. Marine Corps tells its recruits that when ...read more
Contributed on Feb 28, 2010
Why wouldn’t people love their neighbors? And do I have to love myself before I can show this kind of love to others?
Today is our Friend Sunday, and many of you invited your neighbors to worship with you this morning. So, this morning I thought I’d give you a little quiz on neighbors. Years ago PBS featured a program where the host would enter the studio, take off his cardigan sweater, and his dress shoes and ...read more