'Solomon' Tagged Posts

'Solomon' 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 them rubbish, so that I may gain Christ  and be found in him,…

A CHANGE OF WARDROBE

In the 3rd chapter of Zechariah, God shows us a vision of the high priest in those days, a man named Joshua (a different man than the one who fought the battle of Jericho). Joshua is a real person.  He is the High Priest of Israel.  He is a priest with an unfinished temple.  When the refugees of Judah returned to the land their fathers and grandfathers called home, the walls of Jerusalem were broken down.  The glorious temple of…

THE ADVANTAGES OF POVERTY?

“Blessed are you who are poor,” said Jesus (Luke 6:30 EHV).  That sounds almost un-American.  What blessing or advantage could there be in poverty – of body – or of spirit? James answers that by posing another question:  “”Listen, my dear brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom, which He promised to those who love Him?” (James 2:5 EHV).   Paul said something…

THE JUST GOD WHO JUSTIFIES

Some years ago Harrison Ford had folks on the edge of their seats with the movie version of The Fugitive – spun off of the old TV series. The doctor was falsely accused, convicted and sentenced to die for the murder of his wife.  Of course, everyone knows that the one-armed man did it. On the way to execution the doctor escapes. His time on the run, all the while seeking to prove his innocence, is the subject of the…

“GLORY!”

In Genesis 15, Abraham sees a vision of a smoking fire pot and a blazing torch moving between the sacrificial animal pieces – a vision of “the glory of the Lord.”    This combination of fire and smoke appears in various forms throughout the Old Testament – in the burning bush, in the pillar of cloud and fire in the wilderness, in the thunder, fire and smoke on Mt. Sinai when God gives the Ten Commandments,  in the bright cloud…

MANNA

Carl Manthey-Zorn was a Lutheran pastor generations ago who wrote a devotional book entitled, Manna.  Manna was the “bread from heaven” which the Israelites were given by God throughout their wilderness wanderings.  The old pastor, of course, had something more spiritual in mind with his title. The children of Israel stepped out of their tents one morning, looked at this stuff covering the ground, looked at each other and said:  “What is it?”  That’s what they call it – “manna”…

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…

“EVEN TO YOUR OLD AGE”

Will & Ariel Durant were the husband & wife team who wrote the multivolume Story Of Civilization which is found in many libraries. They once compared civilization to a river and its banks.  In the main channel are the kings and politicians and celebrities.  But the real history happens on the banks of the river where everyday people get married, have kids, work on farms, write poetry, whittle statues, earn a living. The people of Isaiah’s day were like this…

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…

WAITING FOR SUPERMAN?

Educator Geoffrey Canada described his heartbreak as a child when his mother told him that Superman wasn’t real. He was crushed not because his comic-book fantasies had been shattered but because, as a boy in a failing school in the Bronx, he suddenly realized that “there was no one out there with enough power to save us.” Today he is the president of the Harlem Children’s Zone which tries to increase high school and college graduation rates in Harlem.  Geoffrey…

WHAT IS ZION?

“Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!  Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!” said the prophet Zechariah in foretelling Christ’s coming into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. To whom is Zechariah talking?  Maybe you have heard of churches which are named Mount Zion or Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.  A book about the history of one Lutheran Church body years ago was called Zion on the Mississippi. The name Zion occurs 150 times in the Old Testament, especially in the psalms and the prophets. So…

A CORD OF THREE STRANDS

Before Woodrow Wilson became president of the United States, he was president of Princeton University. The anxious mother of a freshman cornered Wilson on registration day.  Coming from a Harvard family, she had her doubts about Princeton. “We want our child to have the very best education, one that will mold him for great things.  Can you assure me that he will do well here?” she demanded. “Madam,” said Wilson mildly, “we guarantee satisfaction, or we return the boy.” In…