Should we wear crosses or crucifixes?

The cross. Almost every Sunday we sing about the cross.  We have crosses in our church building, and we have a cross outside our building.  How many of you are wearing a cross around your neck? The cross is very common. My task this coming Sunday is to talk about the cross. Once each monthContinue reading “Should we wear crosses or crucifixes?”

How to love and be loved when you are facing hardship

  Are you going through a hard time?  How are you handling it? Some of you have seen The Passion of the Christ which vividly portrays the Roman flogging of Jesus just before they crucified him.  I remember watching that when it first came out in the theater, my stomach churning, tears flowing.  It isContinue reading “How to love and be loved when you are facing hardship”

Have you ever been falsely accused?

Have you ever been wrongfully mistreated or accused?  Have you ever been blamed for something that you didn’t do?  It is a horrible feeling.  You know that deep down inside you have done nothing wrong.  So what do you do? Remember a few years ago when some members of the Duke University men’s lacrosse teamContinue reading “Have you ever been falsely accused?”

How God wants to restore you

Betrayal and denial.  Jesus experienced both, from two of his closest followers, in a matter of no more than one hour.  That had to hurt deeply. You can read the story in Luke 22:47-62. Yesterday at Faith Church we talked about what it feels like when we have been betrayed or denied.  We also talkedContinue reading “How God wants to restore you”

Do you hurt from the pain of betrayal or denial?

Have you ever been betrayed?  Has a friend ever denied your relationship?  It hurts, doesn’t it?  I want you to think about a time that you were betrayed.  Maybe you invested a lot of time into a child or grandchild, and they turned away.  Maybe it was a friend who you thought was so close,Continue reading “Do you hurt from the pain of betrayal or denial?”

What to do when you don’t want to do what God is asking you to do

Jesus did not want to do what God wanted him to do.  Does that surprise you? After 33 years of life and ministry, Jesus is on the cusp of the crowning achievement of his mission.  He was going to be named “King”, but the crown wasn’t going to be so glorious.  In fact, the actualContinue reading “What to do when you don’t want to do what God is asking you to do”

Why our worship will be silent this Sunday at Faith Church – May 8, 2016

A few years ago we started holding Silent Sunday around the time the Christian Church world-wide observes Jesus’ Ascension.  We’re told in the earliest historical account of the first followers of Jesus, the Book of Acts, in chapter 1, that after Jesus ascended to heaven, the very first act his followers decided to do wasContinue reading “Why our worship will be silent this Sunday at Faith Church – May 8, 2016”

How to identify if you are good or bad leader

As we have seen in Luke, Jesus is pretty good at throwing rocks in the still pond of people’s lives, creating waves.  He does it again at his final meal with his disciples, the Passover meal in the Upper Room, the meal we commonly call The Last Supper.  Jesus gets a bit ominous, telling hisContinue reading “How to identify if you are good or bad leader”