'Jeremiah' Tagged Posts

'Jeremiah' Tagged Posts

“TREASURE IN CLAY JARS”

Speaking of the life-giving gospel he preached, Paul once said, “We hold this treasure in clay jars” (2 Corinthians 4:7). Martin Luther echoed this in the 62nd of his 95 Theses.  He said: “The true treasure of the church is the holy Gospel of the glory and grace of God.” You would think that God would entrust the priceless treasure of the gospel to some exceptionally strong containers.  After all, you don’t keep gold bars on the front porch, or…

BACK TO BASICS

Our journey through Exodus brings us to the Ten Commandments.  It may seem like a back to the basics, but as each generation passes, one cannot assume that this baton has been firmly placed into the hands of the generation that follows.  Even among those who bear the name Christian, one often encounters a stunning ignorance of even the ABCs of Bible knowledge, of law and gospel, of the most famous passages.   Perhaps this is why an old gal shakes…

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 people to picture the perfect pastor and they might tell you he’s 30 years old and has…

THE BLESSINGS OF GUILT

Peter “went outside and wept bitterly” after he shamefully denied Christ in that cold, outer courtyard. Many of today’s trendier-than-thou clergy tell us that words such as “guilt” and “repentance” are out of fashion. “Musn’t  lay guilt trips on people,” we are told, or make folks feel bad when they actually are bad. The prayer of the penitent tax-collector, “God have mercy on me, a sinner,” is considered outdated, even though Jesus said that this man, rather than the other,…

SIN, GRACE & LOVE

In 1850 Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote a famous novel – The Scarlet Letter. The story is set in 17th century Massachusetts.   In the days of Puritan New England, Hester Prynne falls prey to sexual immorality.   There is no hiding the matter.  She is pregnant out of wedlock.  Soon she gives birth to little Pearl.  Spoiler alert!  The Rev. Mr. Dimmsedale turns out to be the daddy. As punishment for her sin, Hester is sentenced to wear a large, red “A” on…

MEET DR. LUKE

In the last couple of years our sermon series have covered portions of both the Old & New Testaments.  Most recently, we have studied: Gems From The Prophet Jeremiah The Acts Of The Apostles The “Joseph” Chapters of Genesis The Life of Solomon from 1 Kings The Letter of Paul To The Philippians The Prophet Obadiah On this first Sunday of Advent we return once more to the heart of it all – to the life of our Lord and…

TROUBLE IN THE TEMPLE

The Scriptures tell us of Solomon’s soaring prayer of thanks to God at the dedication of the great temple in Jerusalem.  It was a day they would never forget.  God had finally fulfilled His promise to dwell among His chosen people in a special way.  The temple itself, in its totality and in its separate parts, testified to the coming Christ who tabernacled among us. But there came a time when there was trouble in the temple.  The 7th chapter…

OUR CHEATING HEART

In the Upper Room on the night of the betrayal, Jesus dropped a bombshell. He told the Twelve:   “One of you shall betray me.” The Biblical record goes on to tell us that Judas Iscariot, of the twelve apostles, sold His Savior for 30 pieces of silver. It is to the credit of the other disciples that they each ask:  “Is it I?” They had a handle on the doctrine of original sin.  Each one knew he had it in…

THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES

2014 is the year in which we are marking the 125th anniversary of our congregation.  We will observe this milestone of God’s grace in connection with our annual Harvest-Mission Festival on Sunday, September 28, 2014.  It seems appropriate in this anniversary year to take in our hands the story of the Christian Church when it was young. The Acts of the Apostles, often called simply the book of Acts, serves as a sequel to the four Gospels. Specifically, it is…

FAITH HAS A THOUSAND FACES

Faith has a thousand faces.  The famous “Heroes of Faith” chapter  (Hebrews 11) lists some of them:  Enoch and Noah, Abraham and Isaac, Moses and Joshua.  There are others we recall:  Jeremiah in his pit, John the Baptist in his dungeon, Paul, Athanasius and Martin Luther against the world. Add to those thousands the face of 27 year-old Meriam Ishag, recently sentenced to be hanged in Sudan for refusing to renounce her Christian faith.  Married to a Christian, and raised…

TREES, PLANTS, BRANCHES, ETC.

Back in our seminary days, we often stopped by the seminary book store after lunch.  My first year there, I noticed one of the hundreds of books for sale.  It was entitled:  All The Plants Of The Bible.  My second year it was still sitting there on the shelf. My third year I left to be a vicar. When I returned for my fourth and final year, there it was, gathering dust. “Who in their right mind would buy it?”…

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…
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