'Paul' Tagged Posts

'Paul' Tagged Posts

“PRESS ON!”

In his letter to the Philippians, Paul soars to the very heart of God. He says:  “Whatever things were a profit for me, these things I have come to consider a loss because of Christ.  But even more than that, I consider everything to be a loss because of what is worth far more: knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord. For his sake, I have lost all things and consider…

“WHEN THE DAY OF EVIL COMES”

In the closing lines of his letter to the Ephesian Christians, Paul encourages us to arm ourselves as soldiers do, to put on “the full armor of God.” Elsewhere he gives similar warnings:  “There will be terrible times in the last days,” and again, “The time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.  Instead, to suit their own desires, they will…

DEATH & RESURRECTION IN BAPTISM

On this second Sunday of Easter (for every Sunday is a celebration of Easter), our epistle lesson from Romans 6 talks about death and resurrection in the gospel waters of Baptism.  This is what Paul says: “What shall we say then? Shall we keep on sinning so that grace may increase?  Absolutely not! We died to sin. How can we go on living in it any…

SERVANTS OF CHRIST

“Did you hear the one about the minister, the priest and the rabbi…?”   Chances are, so have most pastors. Preacher jokes are as plentiful as lawyer jokes.  That’s OK. Some of them are truly funny. Pastors need to take the word of God seriously, not so much themselves.   What preachers see from their side of the pulpit can be comical too.  Ask…

“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…