'Bread of Life' Tagged Posts

'Bread of Life' Tagged Posts

NOTHING ELSE!

In his classic word on missions in Romans 10, Paul says:  “The word is near you: it is in your mouth and in your heart.” In our neck of the woods you can barely chuck a rock without hitting a church.  You would have to go out of your way to entirely avoid the word of God.   Many do go out of their way to avoid it.  But it is near. After gathering manna from the floor of the wilderness…

TAKE IT TO HEART!

Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury wrote a book back in the 50’s called Fahrenheit 451.  The movie by the same name came out in the 60’s. The title presumably has to do with the temperature at which books burn.  Youngsters, tired of school, may make sour jokes about burning books.  But Fahrenheit 451 is no joke.  Evil men such as Hitler did burn books. These people in Bradbury’s novel face a society on the edge of nuclear destruction.  It is…

WHAT IF…?

Our sermon series on Jeremiah places us at the feet of a preacher who is a bronze wall, an iron barrier to the rebellious unbelief of his own people.  His 52 chapters, though home to some of the most comforting passages of the Scriptures, thunders against the thankless congregation of Judah. We tend to think of the Old Testament prophets as fusty old men, too worked up and uptight about the sins of their times. What we too often fail…

THE PARTING OF THE WAYS

Our Gospel lesson from John reports the reaction of the crowd when Jesus finished His famous “Bread of Life” sermon:   “From this time many of His disciples turned back and no longer followed Him.” Every veteran pastor knows what this is like – the sullen look that says, “No!” to some plain word of God and storms out. This parting of the ways has been there: ever since Cain went forth from the presence of the Lord to found an…

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 so-called “Church Growth Movement” has infected people across denominational lines – in…