'Cain' Tagged Posts

'Cain' Tagged Posts

THE GREAT SIMPLIFIER

People sometimes complain that the Bible is too difficult, that they can’t understand it.  Certainly, like anything else, you get out of it what you put into it. It does take faithful Bible reading habits to connect some of the dots, to see sinful man and a sinless Christ in the ceremonies and sacrifices of Leviticus, to get a handle on the numerous kings of Judah and Israel and the warnings and comfort to be found there, to use the…

FAMILY FEUDS

Esther Pauline Friedman entered the world 17 minutes ahead of her twin sister, Pauline Esther Friedman. The identical twins dressed alike, took the same classes, even shared the same purse with one set of keys, one comb, one lipstick.  They slept in the same twin bed. In fact, the first time they were separated was after their double wedding. The middle-aged Esther Pauline got a job replacing the original Ann Landers at the Chicago Sun Times.    Two months later Pauline…

“WATCH YOUR STEP”

King Solomon penned a stunning line in the book of Ecclesiastes:  “Guard your steps when you go the house of God.” Watch your step!  Look out! Be careful when you go to church!  He posts a warning sign over our worship life like we might see at the door of a bus or at the top of a long winding staircase.  Watch your step! Danger! We might expect such a flashing, amber caution light to be posted near the gutters…

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS

1500 years ago the church father, Augustine, wrote his classic work – The City of God.   He compared the worldly “city” founded by Cain’s descendants with “the City of God” to which the descendants of Abel belonged. 300 years ago an imprisoned British preacher named John Bunyan wrote a book called Pilgrim’s Progress.  It’s the story of a man named Christian who sets out from the City of Destruction to go to the Celestial City – that is, Heaven.  The…

FAMILY FEUDS

Esther Pauline Friedman entered the world 17 minutes ahead of her twin sister, Pauline Esther Friedman. The identical twins dressed alike, took the same classes, even shared the same purse with one set of keys, one comb, one lipstick.  They slept in the same twin bed.  In fact, the first time they were separated was after their double wedding. The middle-aged Esther Pauline got a job replacing the original Ann Landers at the Chicago Sun Times.   Two months later…

WHY ARE WE UNHAPPY?

This morning we start the Joseph stories from the Old Testament book of Genesis.  Chapters 37-50 (with the exception of chapter 38), focus on the dramatic, stranger-than-fiction life of the second youngest son of Jacob. Joseph is the apple of his father Jacob’s eye.  Along with his younger brother, Benjamin, he is a son of Jacob’s old age. Most of all, Joseph is a good boy, a young man who walks with God. In Jacob’s dysfunctional family, this in itself…

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…