When Christians Aren’t Gracious – 1st Corinthians 16:5-24, Part 1

Paul closes the letter where he began it. Grace. Back in 1 Corinthians 1:3-4 he said “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.” And now in 16:23 he says “The grace of theContinue reading “When Christians Aren’t Gracious – 1st Corinthians 16:5-24, Part 1”

Note, Christmas Cards – Monday Messy Office Report – 10/27/2014

After a few months off, it’s back!  The Monday Messy Office Report.  It’s not that my has been clean all this time.  I’ve been busy or lacked the motivation to write.  Part of me doesn’t want to start back up again, so I’m compromising with myself and keeping it short.  Here’s what I found inContinue reading “Note, Christmas Cards – Monday Messy Office Report – 10/27/2014”

A 1st Corinthians Smorgasbord

Tomorrow we begin the end of our 1st Corinthians series.  We’ll be spending two Sundays finishing it up by looking at chapter 16 verses 5-24.  In these verses Paul talks about his itinerary, updates them about a bunch of people the Corinthian church knew well, and then gives them a bit of a smorgasbord ofContinue reading “A 1st Corinthians Smorgasbord”

Oh Geez…Not another sermon about giving…

A few years ago my family attended my son’s middle school soccer team’s end-of-year pizza party in the school cafeteria.  We were brand new to the school district, and in fact had not even moved there yet.  But we had a sales agreement on our new house, enough to meet school board requirements to letContinue reading “Oh Geez…Not another sermon about giving…”

How to grow as a disciple of Jesus in an already busy world – 1st Corinthians 15:58

Last week I introduced Sunday’s sermon on 1st Corinthians 15:58 by asking what we do if we want to serve God more, but our lives are so busy.  Out of that question comes another one: isn’t okay to just believe in Jesus, or do we need to be radicals? 1st Corinthians 15:58 closes out aContinue reading “How to grow as a disciple of Jesus in an already busy world – 1st Corinthians 15:58”

Breaking the 80/20 Rule (or Is Radical Christianity really necessary?)

At Faith Church I’m convinced we have broken the 80-20 rule. You know the adage that “20% of the people do 80% of the work”?  It is a complaint that usually a small group of people take on the lion’s share of the responsibility in an organization, while the majority of people slack off.  OftenContinue reading “Breaking the 80/20 Rule (or Is Radical Christianity really necessary?)”

Following Jesus is supposed to be hard? – 1st Corinthians 15:51-57

After the sermon this past Sunday, our sermon discussion group had a lively conversation about how hard it is to experience Victory in Jesus.  Some even suggested that it is supposed to be hard!  What do you think about that? Have you ever felt that it is difficult to be a follower of Jesus?  WhyContinue reading “Following Jesus is supposed to be hard? – 1st Corinthians 15:51-57”

Are you feeling defeated? There is hope!

It’s a simple question, “How are you?” with many forms: “How’s it going?” “How ya doin’?” “How are things?” These questions have become a pleasant formality, a nicety, rather than a serious question. And the polite response is “Fine.” Or “Good”. The pleasantries complete, we move along having just completed our relational duty. But we’reContinue reading “Are you feeling defeated? There is hope!”

90 days to a new you! – 1st Corinthians 15:35-50

Wish you could change your life? Get a new body?  Fix a relationship?  Stabilize your finances?  Quit smoking?  I found the banner above claiming that it takes 30 days to change a habit, and 60 more to change your life.  I also saw lots of pictures for workout programs, classes, diets, and the like.  AContinue reading “90 days to a new you! – 1st Corinthians 15:35-50”