Posts from November 2016

Posts from November 2016

THE ANTI-CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN

A few years ago, billboards appeared across the United States in places like Milwaukee, Nashville, Memphis, St. Louis, and in Arkansas and Texas. The billboards showed a child wearing a Santa hat with pen in hand, writing a letter to Santa that reads, “Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is to skip church. I’m too old for fairy tales.” The group…

JUDGMENT DAY EVERY DAY

This final Sunday of the time-honored, liturgical church year points us to the end of this present world and to the day of God’s just judgment.    Jesus’ disciples once asked:  “When will these things be?”  Jesus answered:  “Of that day and hour knoweth no man.”   In another sense, there is a judgment that goes on every day.  Here we stand on our clump of dust in our own…

“THOSE WHO HAVE PERSEVERED”

Satan himself was permitted to afflict the ancient sufferer Job in his very body. So it is with the “daughter of Abraham” we meet in the 13th chapter of Luke.  We are not told what God’s purpose was in allowing the poor woman to suffer.  A loving God does not always tell us. What we are told is how long she had suffered.  Jesus refers to her as one “whom Satan has kept…

UNCLAIMED RICHES

Now and then the state government publishes the names of people who should come forward and claim money or property that belongs to them.   Most of us don’t expect to see our name on the list, and if we did, we might have a whole $2.13 waiting for us.   But folks do dream about inheriting an unexpected windfall.  Something like this happened years ago.  An elderly man…