Posts from June 2014

Posts from June 2014

SWEET SORROW

St. Paul once said to the Corinthian Christians:  “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” A theologian about a hundred years ago once said, “Take away the aroused conscience and you might just as well turn the churches into dancing halls.” In other words, if people are no longer troubled by their…

THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES

2014 is the year in which we are marking the 125th anniversary of our congregation.  We will observe this milestone of God’s grace in connection with our annual Harvest-Mission Festival on Sunday, September 28, 2014.  It seems appropriate in this anniversary year to take in our hands the story of the Christian Church when it was young. The Acts of the Apostles, often…

“SHIBBOLETHS”

The 12th chapter of Judges tells us how the men of Ephraim crossed to the east side of Jordan to fight against Jephthah and the men of Gilead.  Jephthah and the Gileadites won.  The survivors of Ephraim tried to retreat to their own territory on the west side of the Jordan. But whenever an Ephraimite requested safe passage across the Jordan River, the men of Gilead would…

THE HOLY SPIRIT’S GIFT – THE HOLY BIBLE

How’s your memory of everything you said or heard last year?  Have you ever wondered how the evangelists and apostles could remember all the things God wanted them to remember as they wrote the New Testament Scriptures?  Jesus answers this in our Gospel lesson in John 14:  “The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and…

FAITH HAS A THOUSAND FACES

Faith has a thousand faces.  The famous “Heroes of Faith” chapter  (Hebrews 11) lists some of them:  Enoch and Noah, Abraham and Isaac, Moses and Joshua.  There are others we recall:  Jeremiah in his pit, John the Baptist in his dungeon, Paul, Athanasius and Martin Luther against the world. Add to those thousands the face of 27 year-old Meriam Ishag, recently sentenced to…