Posts from February 2016

Posts from February 2016

WAITING FOR JESUS

Young or old, it is true that we are waiting.  The psalmist said:  “My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning.” To wait on the Lord is another way of describing faith in the Lord.  St. Paul said that the whole creation waits in eager expectation, standing on tip-toes like a little boy waiting for the first unit of the parade to come down the…

“BLESSED ARE THE MEEK…”

In the 13th chapter of Genesis, we meet Abram’s nephew, Lot.  Lot has lost his father back in Haran.  Abram has sort of adopted the young man, taken him under his wing.  The Bible says that Lot also has flocks, herds and tents.  Because Abram prospers, so does Lot.  Ah, remember?  “I will bless those who bless you,”  God told Abram. In fact, they prosper so much that the…

“BEAUTY INSTEAD OF ASHES”

“We live in the midst of alarms.  Anxiety clouds the future, and we expect some new disaster with each newspaper we read.” That pretty much sums up the way we see things today. But those words were written a century and a half ago by a man named Abraham Lincoln.  He presided over a nation torn in half by a bloody civil war whose death toll was refigured a few years ago…

“BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN…”

A theologian about a hundred years ago once said, “Take away the aroused conscience and you might just as well turn the churches into dance halls.” In other words, if people are no longer troubled by their sins, if they no longer wonder what might happen to them if they die, if they no longer consider the wrath and punishment of God, then people will see no purpose for…

GOD’S GARAGE

“Lord, who has believed our message?” asked the prophet Isaiah.   Moses, Isaiah, John the Baptist, Paul, Jesus Himself tasted disappointment at lukewarm and downright cold reactions to the gospel. This is not the fault of the gospel.  There is no new and improved gospel, no “different” gospel which is no gospel at all, as Paul put it in Galatians.   “Faith comes from…
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