What to do in the middle of nonstop bad news – Matthew 28, Part 5

I’m wondering if you’ve experienced an inner yearning lately for some good news. As I’m writing this, our world is in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic. Every day the news reports how many people have contracted the virus and how many people have died. This morning I watched the weekly CBS News morning show’sContinue reading “What to do in the middle of nonstop bad news – Matthew 28, Part 5”

What Jesus wants his followers to do – Matthew 28, Part 4

Do you ever wonder if you are doing what Jesus wants you to do? Have you felt confused or concerned that perhaps you aren’t doing the right thing? If so, you’re not alone. Many of us wonder, but often life is so busy, or we get stuck in a rut, that we don’t take theContinue reading “What Jesus wants his followers to do – Matthew 28, Part 4”

The first mission of the church was given to women- Matthew 28, Part 2

It is Sunday morning.  Early.  Still dark.  In our previous post, we followed Matthew’s account of what happened after Jesus’ death on that Friday and Saturday long ago. We started at Matthew 27:50, watching as Matthew gave us short rapid camera shots, from a variety of locations around Jerusalem. Now look at Matthew 28:1.  MatthewContinue reading “The first mission of the church was given to women- Matthew 28, Part 2”

What happened after Jesus died – Matthew 28, Part 1

We will all have coronavirus stories to share for years to come.  Recently my daughter said, “This will be an event that I’ll be telling my kids and grandkids about.”  And she is right.  There will be so many stories.  The courageous health care workers working to heal those who contracted the virus, many ofContinue reading “What happened after Jesus died – Matthew 28, Part 1”

Do you really know God? Titus 2:11-15, Part 2

As we continue studying Titus 2:11-15, Paul says that salvation has appeared to all.  “Appeared” is the Greek word where we get our English word, “epiphany.”  Epiphany gives us the idea of light appearing in the darkness, like at sunrise.  Here “epiphany” refers to God’s grace like a new light of truth in Christ appearingContinue reading “Do you really know God? Titus 2:11-15, Part 2”

How to access God’s power for your life

Don’t you hate it when the batteries are dead?  I pull out my cordless drill to work on something, and there is no power.  Thankfully, my drill came with a second battery, so I swap them out, and I find that they second one is dead too. Ever dealt with that? So frustrating, right?  Powerlessness. PowerContinue reading “How to access God’s power for your life”

He is risen? Really? So what?

“He is risen!  He is risen indeed!” This is the call and response that we use on Easter Sunday.  But this Sunday is not Easter Sunday.  That was two months ago.  This Sunday we’re revisiting Easter again.  Why? In the book of Acts we learn that the earliest Christians decided to meet on Sundays becauseContinue reading “He is risen? Really? So what?”

Saying No to invitations

I’ve been invited to a bunch of banquets lately, and interestingly enough they are all great, and they are all on the same weekend, April 21-23.  It is unique that they all ended up at around the same time, but it is not unique to get invited to banquets.  Have you noticed that there areContinue reading “Saying No to invitations”

Open your mind to new life – Luke 24

Last week I asked “Is there only bad news in a broken world?” This past Sunday I had some help from the elementary age kids (and some of you older “kids”!) in trying to answer that question.  Becka, our worship leader, drew large a large picture of planet earth, and as I mentioned the badContinue reading “Open your mind to new life – Luke 24”

Is there only bad news and a broken world?

Hearing the bad news coming out of Kenya these past few days has been a sobering reality about our world.  I know that there is tragedy and evil like that pretty much every day of every week, but this one hit home because we have close friends who are missionaries in Kenya, and my sonContinue reading “Is there only bad news and a broken world?”