Posts from 2013

Posts from 2013

LOVE & THE LAW

Today we begin a sermon series on The Ten Commandments.  Paul comments on the commandments in our epistle lesson from Romans today.  He says, “Love is the fulfillment of the Law.” This is a passage much misunderstood.  Love, as the Bible speaks of it, and as Jesus lived it and expounded it, is not an unprincipled piece of sentimental fluff floating in the…

PROMISES ABOUT PRAYER

In the 16th chapter of John, Jesus says:  “My Father will give you whatever you ask in My name.” Jesus said such things a good many times.  There is no need to tone these words down, to pare the claws of the Lion of Judah.  Jesus means what He says about asking God and receiving.  He knows we need encouragement, for we pray too little and fail to trust Him when we do…

“WHEN THE DAY OF EVIL COMES”

In the closing lines of his letter to the Ephesian Christians, Paul encourages us to arm ourselves as soldiers do, to put on “the full armor of God.” Elsewhere he gives similar warnings:  “There will be terrible times in the last days,” and again, “The time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.  Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around…

READY OR NOT?

There are two kinds of people in this world – those who are ready, and those who are not.  For some folks, being ready is an obsession.  Some have their Christmas shopping done in July, their Christmas cookies in the freezer by Thanksgiving, their supper menu planned out two weeks in advance.  On the other end of the scale are those who do their Christmas shopping on…

A CORD OF THREE STRANDS

Before Woodrow Wilson became president of the United States, he was president of Princeton University. The anxious mother of a freshman cornered Wilson on registration day.  Coming from a Harvard family, she had her doubts about Princeton. “We want our child to have the very best education, one that will mold him for great things.  Can you assure me that he will do well…