Posts from January 2017

Posts from January 2017

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HELL?

On July 16th 1741 Jonathan Edwards preached what some have called the most famous sermon in American history:  Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God.  Moans and cries rose from his New England congregation as he graphically depicted the horrors of eternal damnation. By way of contrast in our century, the late “possibility thinking” preacher, Robert Schuller, once bragged…

“MY SON, GIVE ME THINE HEART!”

There is a story about a guest worshiper.  The congregation’s custom was to receive the offering just before the sermon instead of after it.  It caught the visitor off guard when he saw the offering plate coming toward him. He quickly reached for his wallet, drew out a bill and dropped it in.  Just as suddenly it dawned on him that he’d had two bills in his wallet- a $100…

EPIPHANY

The official start of the Epiphany season is January 6.  The word “epiphany” means to make manifest, to reveal, to show forth.   This season of the Christian Church Year reminds us that Jesus is not only the virgin-born Child of Mary, true yet sinless Man.  He is also God Himself come in the flesh, the second Person of the Holy Trinity.  The Wise Men worship Him.  He…

HOW TO FACE THE FUTURE

How are your plans turning out?  Are you where you thought you would be last year?  Five, ten or fifty years ago?   We joke about not buying green bananas – because we’re not so sure we’ll be around when they’re ripe enough to eat.   But behind the humor is the sad fact that our fondest plans for the future may not come to pass.  Our dearest dreams may get derailed.  We…