Posts by Rev. Roy W. Hefti (Page 2)

Posts by Rev. Roy W. Hefti (Page 2)

WHAT DO WE WANT TO SEE IN LENT?

A headline on the religion page of the newspaper a few years back talked about “opening doors to new takes on Lent traditions.”  The article contained not one word, not one, about Christ, or the cross, or salvation from sin. The traditional application of ashes to the forehead on Ash Wednesday over the centuries has been a mark of humble repentance at the foot of the…

“O THOU WHO CHANGEST NOT”

“I the Lord do not change,” says God on the pages of the prophet Malachi.   Many want God to change.  In fact, they demand that God change. The old saying goes:  When the word of God is preached, a person is either converted or he gets angry.  We see it on the pages of the Gospels. When Jesus spoke, He inspired either the deepest devotion or the…

EMBARRASSMENT BY ASSOCIATION

It isn’t always the case, but a lot of kids go through a phase when it’s not cool to be seen with Mom and Dad, when parents are not even to be seen, much less heard.  Some get so big for their britches that their nose never comes out of the clouds. They are wrongly and foolishly embarrassed by their own humble origins, too arrogant to be grateful to those who…

WHAT’S WITH ALL THIS “40” STUFF?

Did you ever notice how the number “40” shows up in the Bible history lessons we learned when we were young? 40 days and 40 nights of rain ushered in the worldwide flood of Noah’s day. Moses spent 40 days and 40 nights on Mt. Sinai receiving the law.  He spent an additional 40 days and 40 nights praying for the rebellious children of Israel after they had thrown God…

COMMON SIN & UNCOMMON GRACE

Paul once pointed the Corinthian Christians back to the sins of Israel in their wilderness days.  He then applied the lesson: “So let him who thinks he stands be careful that he does not fall.   No testing has overtaken you except ordinary testing. But God is faithful. He will not allow you to be tested beyond your ability, but when he tests you, he will…