'Abraham' Tagged Posts (Page 2)

'Abraham' Tagged Posts (Page 2)

SAINTS TRIUMPHANT

The final Sundays of the church year traditionally focus on the final judgment.  In more recent years, this particular Sunday in the church year is also called “Saints Triumphant.”  We think of moving hymn verses such as: For all the saints who from their labors rest, All who their faith before the world confessed, Your name, O Jesus, be forever blessed,  Alleluia! But…

NEVER GIVE UP!

The famous piano player, Paderewski, surely had some natural gifts.  But he also would have understood Thomas Edison’s old line that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. As a boy, Paderewski sat at the piano for three hours every morning and three hours every evening.  Throughout his brilliant career, he kept up a rigorous schedule of daily practice. It was said…

CASE HISTORIES

“A picture is worth a thousand words,” is the old saying.   Jesus painted pictures with words themselves.  He not only told us to love our neighbor. He painted a picture of what this means with a parable, a story about a good Samaritan (Luke 10). He not only told us that God is a gracious Father who wants His wayward sons and daughters to repent and return to Him.  He…

BACK TO THE BEGINNING

In the next few months we will go back to the beginning, to the opening chapters of Genesis.  The first eleven chapters of Genesis take us back to when the world was young. Dr. Martin Luther wrote a massive commentary on Genesis – 8 volumes when translated into English.  He continued to polish that work until shortly before he died.  He called Genesis “the most beautiful…

THE PROOF OF LOVE

A fellow named Don Richardson spent some frustrating years as a missionary among the Sawi tribe in New Guinea.   The gospel of God’s love and forgiveness held little appeal to the Sawi, for they held up deceit as the highest virtue.  They saw no reason to change their cruel and cannibalistic ways.   In fact, when Richardson told them the story of Jesus, the Sawi looked…