Posts by Rev. Roy W. Hefti (Page 64)

Posts by Rev. Roy W. Hefti (Page 64)

“TO GOD THE THINGS THAT ARE GOD’S!”

The book of Ezra tells us how God’s Old Testament people came home from their 70-year captivity in Babylon.  They return home to rebuild the temple at Jerusalem. Foundations are laid.  Hymns are sung.  There are shouts of joy mingled with tears over why all this was necessary in the first place. But now some years went by.  People got busy with other things.  Plowing…

CARPE DIEM!

The famous old Latin phrase was Carpe Diem! – “Seize the Day!”  The ancient slogan was revived some years ago in the movie, Dead Poets Society, and was fashioned into a song in the Disney musical, Newsies. The phrase “Seize the day!” is open to both a godless understanding and a Christian understanding.  The ancient Greeks and Romans and a lot of people down to 2013…

ENCOUNTERING CHRIST

There is an old saying that when the word of God is preached, a person is either converted or he gets angry. When Jesus Christ spoke, He inspired either the deepest devotion or the hottest anger from those who listened. Many in the modern church these days think they can change this.  They are embarrassed by what Paul called “the offense of the cross.” The spirit of the…

CONFESSING CHRIST

When asked about their religious beliefs, more and more folks these days might say:  “Well, it’s a deeply personal and private matter.”   Who would doubt that one’s religious beliefs are personal.  For good or bad they personally affect us.  But along with that word “personal” comes the word “private.” Imagine talking that way in regard to other subjects.  Your friend…

“OUR FATHER…”

“Lord, teach us to pray,” said the disciples.  So Jesus provided a model prayer, saying:  “After this manner therefore pray ye…Our Father, who art in heaven.”   We would not believe this if Jesus Himself had not taught us to say this.  Those of us who grew up listening to the centuries-old prayers of the Church must have wondered about those prayers.  Many of these old…