Sunday, April 28, 2013
This passage today carries with it an amazing historic fact. Where on the earth are the false altars of Baal, the sacred idols, and people who practice the vile sacrifices of the cult? They are in museums, covered either by yards of dirt, or broken down in remote places on the earth. Why? Because of a self-indulgent people carried off by the lust of their self-interest, self-love, and self-worship.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Sunday, February 24, 2013
The default condition of humanity is sin. Every human person is born into the environment of sin, because humanity is fallen - from the time of Adam and Eve until today. We can ignore it, deny it, or scorn it as foolishness, but it continues to be our plight. We live in a world of self-consciousness, self-protection, self-preservation, and self-love. We are lost in the blindness and darkness of self. As Jesus said, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness” (Matthew 6:22,23).
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Sunday, February 10, 2013
The Book of Acts describes the birth and growth of the church. It begins with 120 people gathered in an upper room on the day of Pentecost. That day 3,000 more responded to God’s call in their lives. Shortly after that, we learn that the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. In just a short period of time the number of men alone grew to 5,000 and it continued on that way throughout the book of Acts. Many questions presented themselves to the young church: What do they do with all these people? How do they care for them? How do they provide for them? Teach them? Train them? Equip them? Develop leaders? Provide an opportunity for everyone to do ministry? Experience and develop his or her gifts? Or prepare for the expansion of the ministry?
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Sunday, January 27, 2013
In this passage today, Hosea moves away from the immediate proclamations of dread and judgement upon the nation of Israel and reflects upon another people, in another time frame. As we have seen already in this book there is a present application, a word to the nation in its historical context. And there is a word coming forth of a new nation, a new time, and a new relationship between God and his people.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
God is a God of mercy and love. He is also a God of Justice. How do these attributes balance themselves? How can God show mercy and love, and at the same time, be just? In this text today, we will discover that God’s only remedy for having a relationship to His creation/man is to Himself, intercede. He, Himself must provide a means to satisfy His holy justice and, at the same time, extend his merciful and loving hand.