Holy Living

Philippians 3:17-20 Being Methodist, I practice a Wesleyan tradition of the Christian faith. Part of this calls for "Holy Living". While we acknowledge (as we did in yesterday's study) that our salvation isn't tied to our good behavior or right-living, we also know that our relationship with Christ does not give us the license to... Continue Reading →

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Rules vs. Salvation

Philippians 3:2-12 Salvation is not dependent upon how closely we can follow lists of rules and commands; yet, most of us Christians fall into the trap of describing faith in moralistic terms (if you're good enough, you'll get into heaven). I know that I am certainly guilty of allowing my walk with Christ to be... Continue Reading →

Dull Hearts: A Warning

Luke 21:34-22:6 Judas. A name to be spoken under the crushing weight of looming shadows. Judas is up to no good. When we hear his name spoken, we cringe a bit. Because we know that what will follow will be trouble. We've been given the spoilers and we know that he turns out to be... Continue Reading →

What Time Is It?

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 and John 12:27-36 In a heavily divided society our churches sometimes argue about what exactly the church is called to do. I often dread these discussions as a pastor. I'm a people-pleaser and I desire to be a peacemaker. Conflict sends my blood pressure into orbit and I lose way too much sleep.... Continue Reading →

Fearful Hearts Become Hard

Exodus 5:10-23 As is often the case when outsiders arrive on a nation's soil, fear drives the policies of that nation's leaders. Afraid that the Israelite's growing numbers and prosperity would threaten the Egyptian way of life, Pharaoh orders them into slavery.  Saved from the slaughter of all the Hebrew male children (Pharaoh feared they... Continue Reading →

Mender of Broken Walls

Isaiah 58:1-12   Many years ago I bought an old house which had sat empty and in ill-repair for several years. It was a fixer-upper, but having been the house my grandparents built, I had the sentimental motivation to roll up my sleeves and make it mine. The most pressing issue was the horrible state... Continue Reading →

Ashes and Ice

It's Ash Wednesday. I'm sick. I'm cold. And worship is canceled because the roads outside look pretty nasty, with the threat of getting nastier as soon as the sun goes down.  But I'm sitting in my office at the church "just in case" someone doesn't get the word and shows up. And it might just... Continue Reading →

Heading to Jerusalem…

Well.  Here we are, again!  At the start of another Lenten season. It's Ash Wednesday, and for the past few days, I've been wondering what I would do during this season. Traditionally, Christians are asked to fast during the 40 days (not counting Sundays) between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.  It is one of the... Continue Reading →

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