A Time For Sorrow, A Time For Joy

John 16:16-33  Have you ever been on an emotional roller coaster? One moment, feeling confident and relatively happy? Followed by an event that rocked your world? How did you handle it? The disciples are in a similar boat. They may be a bit confused about what’s going on, but their world is about to be […]

O For A Thousand Tongues?

1 Corinthians 12-14  One of the hot topics in the church in the last century is “tongues” and other “sign gifts.” I know the hymn referenced in the title is not about tongues but if you grant me the grace to take it out of context, the title conveys the desire of many – to […]

Wired For Service

1 Corinthians 12:1-7  Few inventors invent things just to invent things. They invent things for (hopefully) useful purposes. Alexander Graham Bell did not perfect the telephone simply to have a novelty item in his home. Thomas Edison did not work through countless iterations of the light bulb so that when he developed the working version, […]

Walking In The Spirit

Galatians 5:16  He walked into my office and said, “I can’t seem to lick this problem. I’ve tried and tried, but I keep failing. What am I doing wrong?” Sound like you? I know I’ve been there in my life. I don’t get it right all the time, but the truth is, God has given […]

It’s For Your Own Good

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John 15:26-16:11  Parents frequently use that line. “Eat your broccoli… it’s for your own good.” Of course, sometimes it is more serious, “Yes the shot will hurt, but it’s for your own good.” Or, “I know the dentist isn’t fun, and it might even hurt. But it’s for your own good.” As a child I […]

Living In The World

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Romans 12:1-2; 1 John 2:15-16  I was fishing for redfish in some unique water. It was salty enough that we caught redfish, a saltwater fish, but it was also fresh enough that we occasionally caught a large-mouthed bass, a freshwater fish. We were at a place near where fresh water flowed into the bay and formed […]

In This Corner: The World!

John 15:18-25  In a boxing match, the opponents are both announced before the actual fight begins: “In this corner….” Whether we acknowledge it or not, believers – and particularly those actively practicing their faith (aka, disciples) – are engaged in such a match. However, we do not have a physical opponent. Our fight is with a […]

Why We Celebrate This Day

John 19:17-18, 28-30, 20:1-10  No surprise. This Sunday, we celebrate the risen Savior. Nothing matters more than Christ’s resurrection, for without it, as Paul says, “our faith is worthless; we are still in our sins” and, “if we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.” (1 Corinthians […]

A Friend of Jesus

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John 15:8-17  What is a friend? It’s more than someone we simply met and know casually. For example, I “know” the head coach of the Eagles – his wife served on a board with me in Shreveport. I had occasion to meet with him and talk several times. But no, we aren’t friends (and I […]