Sunday, November 22, 2015

Moral Disparity and the Great Healer

Picutre By: Guillaume Paumier, CC-BY, from wiki commons

In the year king Uzziah died, Isaiah saw a vision of the Lord sitting on his throne (Isaiah 6:1-8). This glorious image brought Isaiah to his knees and he proclaimed, “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among unclean people.” How is it that a man of God has to call out and proclaim that he is unclean as if he were a spiritual leper before God?

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Caution: Don't Waste Your Church

For quite some time, in the United States, the church of Jesus Christ could assume that people understood, or at least had a basic understanding, of the principals and morals and standards found in the scriptures.  Children would pray the Lord’s Prayer before school.  Court rooms and government buildings proudly displayed the Ten Commandments. 

But today things look much different.  Within the past thirty years the face of our nation has changed and church congregations that once stood proudly in the middle of community of life are now on the outskirts. 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

What is Forgivness

Read: Matthew 18:21-34

What does it mean to forgive someone?  This is an important question.  Before we can begin to talk

about forgiveness we have to figure out what it is.  So what is forgiveness? 

Before we talk about what forgiveness is, let us talk about what forgiveness is not.  Forgiveness is not a feeling.  Too often, especially in our culture, we gage the effectiveness of something based on whether or not it made me feel good or not.  In forgiveness there is a large range of emotions that we have to work through and they are not all good.  We cannot base our forgiveness on how we feel about someone.  "I will forgive when I feel better about that person."  That is not forgiveness and is found nowhere in the bible.