Posts from November 2014

Posts from November 2014

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS

300 years ago, an imprisoned English preacher named John Bunyan wrote a book called Pilgrim’s Progress. It’s the story of a man named Christian who sets out from the City of Destruction to go to the Celestial City – that is Heaven. The book tells of all the hardships along the way, of people who tried to stop Christian from getting to the Celestial City – such as Apollyon…

VICTORY!

On this final Sunday of the liturgical Church Year, our thoughts turn to Christ’s final appearing, to the Day of His just judgment, to the sweet comfort of which Paul wrote in Romans 8:  “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” What will happen to us in that moment when He returns?  Here how St. Paul so elegantly puts it in 1 Corinthians 15 (KJV):…

“TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH”

The Acts Of The Apostles falls neatly into two parts.  Chapters 1-12 deal with the start of the early church in Jerusalem as it radiates outward.  The apostle Peter is the prominent figure in these early chapters. Chapters 13-28 deal almost exclusively with the spread of the gospel to the Gentiles through the missionary journeys of the apostle Paul. These chapters of Acts…

“THE PEACE WHICH THE WORLD CANNOT GIVE”

After the great earthquake in Alaska in 1964 they did one of those sociological surveys. Tales of valor and bravery were legion.  People pulled together in the crisis.  There was no looting! And, said the survey, people turned to God in a dramatic way.  Church attendance swelled to record numbers.  (Older folks remember the months after Pearl Harbor.  Younger ones…