How to be ready for Jesus’ return – Ezekiel 12, Part 5

Football season is upon us, and the idea of being ready at all times, got me thinking of Charlie Brown, the Peanuts cartoon character.    Charlie Brown’s friend, Lucy, kneels down and sets up the football for Charlie Brown, saying, “I promise you I will let you kick it this time…” But we know Lucy. SheContinue reading “How to be ready for Jesus’ return – Ezekiel 12, Part 5”

Is God trying to pry your eyes open? – Ezekiel 12, Part 2

In the previous post, we learned that God’s people had covered their ears and closed their eyes, so that they could not see or hear him. They were giving God the cold shoulder. How does God respond? God does not close his eyes and cover his ears.  He continues to call out for the people,Continue reading “Is God trying to pry your eyes open? – Ezekiel 12, Part 2”

When it feels like you cannot see or hear God – Ezekiel 12, Part 1

I love learning about humanity’s attempts to travel into space, and one of the common elements of space travel is…delays.  The astronauts go through all kinds of training, and then NASA sets the launch day.  They say goodbye to their family, get suited up, excitedly enter the spacecraft, and then NASA scrubs the launch.  TheContinue reading “When it feels like you cannot see or hear God – Ezekiel 12, Part 1”

Do you get tired of hearing about the end of the world? – Ezekiel 12, Preview

Did you watch the scenes from Afghanistan this past week?  Awful, right?  People hanging on US Air Force jets as the jets took flight, and the people fell to the ground.  How about the destruction in Haiti because of the earthquake?  More than 2000 dead.  How is it that Haiti has one horrible disaster afterContinue reading “Do you get tired of hearing about the end of the world? – Ezekiel 12, Preview”

When you disagree with your church, you should stay? – Current Events Q3 2021, Part 5

What should you do when you disagree with your church, or with the people in your church? In the previous post, I referred to a podcast that lists three options. 1. Stay, but don’t speak up. 2. Stay and work for change. 3. Leave. If you haven’t read it already, check out the previous post,Continue reading “When you disagree with your church, you should stay? – Current Events Q3 2021, Part 5”

When to leave a church – Current Events Q3 2021, Part 4

This week I have been attempting to make the case that a church should be purple. What is a purple church? In a purple church family, we believe and live the principle that all people are equally loved in Christ, and thus we are one in Christ. As we saw in the previous posts (hereContinue reading “When to leave a church – Current Events Q3 2021, Part 4”

A Purple Church does not have class or gender preferences – Current Events Q3 2021, Part 3

Churches should be purple! What is a purple church? In the previous post, we learned that a purple church is not colorblind. We have been studying the purple church, as Paul describes it in Galatians 3:26-28. The next phrase Paul uses to describe the purple church is that it is neither slave nor free.  SlaveryContinue reading “A Purple Church does not have class or gender preferences – Current Events Q3 2021, Part 3”

A Purple Church is NOT colorblind – Current Events Q3 2021, Part 2

Have you heard that phrase? “We should be colorblind!” People suggest, when it comes to ethnicity, being colorblind is what is desirable. Just see the person, not their skin color, right? It sounds good, but I have three colorblind sons, each with varying degrees of colorblindness, and I can tell you that visual colorblindness meansContinue reading “A Purple Church is NOT colorblind – Current Events Q3 2021, Part 2”

Why we are a Purple Church – Current Events Q3 2021, Part 1

This past November 2020, I preached one of my quarterly current events sermons right before the election.  Earlier in the year, as I was planning the preaching schedule, it seemed wise to have a current events sermon the Sunday prior to what was shaping up to be a major political event.  Of course, any presidentialContinue reading “Why we are a Purple Church – Current Events Q3 2021, Part 1”

What current events should we talk about? – Current Events 2021 Q3, Preview

This coming week we take a break from our Ezekiel series, because it is time for our once/quarter focus on Current Events.  On the Monday before each Current Events week, I scour the headlines looking for ideas.  There are so many possibilities.  Over the last 18 months, quite frankly, our national headlines haven’t changed aContinue reading “What current events should we talk about? – Current Events 2021 Q3, Preview”