Christ Died for the Ungodly (Romans 5:6-11)

Christ Died for the Ungodly (Romans 5:6-11)

I read a story about a Christian family, the Courtney family who lived in Iraq, where many people have been persecuted, jailed, or even killed simply for being Christian. But after seeing how there were very few to no qualified heart surgeons living in Iraq, and hearing about how there were thousands of Muslim children in need of heart surgeries, Jeremy Courtney started a nonprofit organization to meet that need and display Christ’s love to them.. And so, over the last decade, his family has raised money to be able to send over…continue reading →
What We Hope For (Romans 5:1-5)

What We Hope For (Romans 5:1-5)

I read a story from 2018 about an exhibit at the Museum of English Rural Life in England. The exhibit showcased a 160 year old humane mousetrap, which was just a simple seesaw mechanism that traps a mouse once they tip the scale. In 1861, the inventor of the trap named it “the perpetual mousetrap,” and claimed that his trap would last a lifetime. Well, apparently, it would last even longer than that, because after the trap had been on display in the museum for some time, someone noticed that the exhibit contained…continue reading →
The Promise Fulfilled, Part 2 (Revelation 21:1-5)

The Promise Fulfilled, Part 2 (Revelation 21:1-5)

I think I’ve mentioned this at least a couple times over the years, but the popular Christmas carol, “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem” contains one of the most theologically rich and confusing statements ever to be written. Let’s sing the first verse together. Oh little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by Yet in thy dark streets shineth, the everlasting light The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight. Talking about Jesus being born on…continue reading →
The Promise Specified (Isaiah 7:14)

The Promise Specified (Isaiah 7:14)

Clickbait on the internet is a link whose main purpose is to attract attention and entice visitors to click, but usually doesn’t live up to the hype of the promise made in order to get you to click it. Here are a few examples. [Clickbait Article] This one’s title is, “When you find out what these kids are jumping into, your jaw will drop!” And your mind starts to race to all the sensational things they could be jumping into. But when you actually click on the link, you find out that they’re…continue reading →
The Promise Clarified (Genesis 12:1-3)

The Promise Clarified (Genesis 12:1-3)

In his book Up From Slavery, Booker T. Washington tells of his experience meeting an ex-slave from Virginia who bought his own freedom. Apparently, the slave had made a contract with his master so that the he was to be permitted to buy himself, by paying so much per year, and while he was paying for himself, he was permitted to work where and for whom he pleased. So, finding that he could get better wages in Ohio, he went there. But while he was working in Ohio to earn enough money to…continue reading →
The First Promise (Genesis 3:15)

The First Promise (Genesis 3:15)

Father, help us this morning to trust Your promise rather than in the promises of sin. Help us to trust in Jesus. In Jesus’s name, Amen. I’m going to pick on all you coffee drinkers for a bit. Who here likes coffee? Why do you like it? Maybe you like the taste, or maybe you like the way it gives you energy for the day. Or maybe you like its positive benefits, such as antioxidants, or even its laxative effect. Now, I don’t like coffee, so I don’t have this problem, but have…continue reading →
Thankful in Times of Suffering (1 Peter 4:12-19)

Thankful in Times of Suffering (1 Peter 4:12-19)

There’s a story about a janitor at St. Peter's Church in London. One day, the new, young, naive pastor of the church discovered that the janitor was illiterate and fired him, citing something about not sorting the mail correctly. Jobless, the man invested his meager savings into opening a tiny shop, where he prospered, bought another, expanded, and ended up with a chain of stores worth several hundred thousand dollars. One day, he realizes that he really should put all this money into the bank, so he goes to open an account. The…continue reading →