Posts by Rev. Roy W. Hefti (Page 65)

Posts by Rev. Roy W. Hefti (Page 65)

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…

FROM ONE FATHER TO ANOTHER

A fellow named James Emery White wrote the following in a recent article: I am about to enter into the most volatile subject imaginable.  No, not abortion or same-sex marriage, not even immigration reform or gun control. Those are tame. I want to talk about parents, sports and the church. How many of you already felt your defenses go up, blood pressure rise, and claws and…

WHO GAVE THE ORDER?

Perhaps you heard the lines of Tennyson’s famous poem, The Charge of the Light Brigade, during your school years: Half a league, half a league Half a league onward, All in the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. “Forward the Light Brigade!”… Not tho’ the soldier knew Someone had blundered; Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die:…