Enthusiastic Thanksgiving!

Psalm 95  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s not as commercialized as the others, although many ignore its historical roots. But for God’s people, “Thanksgiving” is more than a holiday celebrated one Thursday each year! It’s a celebration of God. I like the reminder that Thanksgiving gives us about being people of thanks. 

Giving Her Best


John 12:1-8  I managed the computer systems for Phoenix Seminary for several years. We had a small office, so we only had about a dozen computers on the network. One day, the Director of Development (aka, the person who raised funds for the school) came to me excitedly. “This person donated a computer to the seminary! […]

I Am The Resurrection And The Life


John 11:1-5, 17-32  The miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead was a family affair. His two sisters, Mary and Martha, were in mourning at the loss of their brother. Jesus used the circumstances to teach them about who He was – something crucial for us today!

A Tale Of Two Lazarus’s


John 11  Did you know… the name “Lazarus” appears in only two accounts in the Bible: John 11-12 and Luke 16:20-25. No, they are not the same Lazarus. But there are some fascinating parallels between the two accounts. What can we learn from this last miracle recorded by John before Jesus’ crucifixion?

The Best Story Ever!


2 Timothy 2:11-13  What do you think is the best work of fiction ever written? I’m guessing that if people actually responded to this, we’d have quite a range of works listed. As I’ve said many times before, mine is “Les Miserables.” If I changed it to, what is the best work of non-fiction, I […]

Widows, Orphans, Husbands, and Violence

James 1:27  You might look at the title and wonder, “How in the world do we tie THESE together?” There is a connection: What God wants us to do and abuses of how some do it. Guest speaker, Ken Shetter, the president of One Safe Place in Fort Worth, speaks of the realities of domestic […]

In The Grasp


John 10:22-42  We often see in movies and TV shows someone who is falling, likely to their death, being rescued at the last minute by the grasp of someone reaching over the brink. And I usually think “not likely!” But there is a hand that rescues and holds on no matter what. Join us to […]

The Good Shepherd


John 10:1-21  “I am not a Shepherd, but I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.” Okay, that makes no sense as a sentence. But to most of us, the idea of “shepherd” is a foreign concept. Yet, in Jesus’ day, everyone knew the work of a shepherd, and Jesus Himself uses the imagery of […]

Once I Was blind


John 9:1-41  My left eye was covered with a protective cup and gauze. I couldn’t wear my glasses over the cup, so I was stuck ‘seeing” with my right eye. The problem? My left eye is my dominant eye (backwards for a right-handed person), and my right eye needs the most correction by the lens. Everything […]

When Things Go Wrong


John 9:1-3  Hurricanes, earthquakes, medical issues, accidents, violence… why do bad things happen? It’s not always – in fact rarely – God “punishing us.” Join us this week as we see what is going on “when things go wrong.”