A possible key to unlock healing in your broken life – Characters: Ruth, Part 5

In Part 4 of our study through the ancient Hebrew story of Ruth, we watched as Ruth makes a most unusual proposal to Boaz. If you are just jumping into the story here at the end, I urge you to start at the beginning, as the drama has been building. This Part 5 will beContinue reading “A possible key to unlock healing in your broken life – Characters: Ruth, Part 5”

A most unusual marriage proposal – Characters: Ruth, Part 4

Do you remember your marriage proposal? Or if you aren’t married or engaged, do you have a hope or dream for what your proposal will be like? In our culture proposals have become more and more elaborate. Today we learn about a very unusual one! The ancient Hebrew story of Ruth has been unfolding, movingContinue reading “A most unusual marriage proposal – Characters: Ruth, Part 4”

Anger, Revenge and War – Characters: Samson, Part 3

Anger can lead to awful revenge. Revenge can escalate to retribution. Warring parties can strike at each other, over and over. We see this in conflicts between nations and ethnicities. Political parties unwilling to see one another in any way except negatively. Husbands and wives that fall apart in nasty divorces. Friendships taking sides. ChurchesContinue reading “Anger, Revenge and War – Characters: Samson, Part 3”

What that little pocket on jeans can teach us about church family – Titus 3:9-15, Part 1

Family.  Who do you think of when you think of family? Growing up my family was my dad and mom, and my brother and sister.  Five people.  I’m so thankful that they are still my family.  When my wife, Michelle, and I got married, though, we started our new family.  God blessed us with children,Continue reading “What that little pocket on jeans can teach us about church family – Titus 3:9-15, Part 1”

Non-negotiable qualities of church leaders – Titus 1:5-9, Part 4

In Titus 1:5-9, Paul says leaders of the church should be blameless. This week we have been looking closely at this passage to see if we can learn what blameless leadership is all about. In today’s post, we see that Paul tells Titus to look for leaders who have demonstrated a number of qualities thatContinue reading “Non-negotiable qualities of church leaders – Titus 1:5-9, Part 4”

All sins are not the same? [False ideas Christians believe about…Sin. Part 4]

This week we have been fact-checking Christian statements about sin. In part 3 yesterday we looked at the phrase “all sins are the same.” Today we’re investigating its opposite: sins are different. There is an important sense in which sins are very, very different, and they are not the same.   In part 3, we sawContinue reading “All sins are not the same? [False ideas Christians believe about…Sin. Part 4]”

Marriage: covenant vs. contract? [Deuteronomy 21-24]

How is your marriage? Is your relationship with your spouse doing well? Or does it need improvement, even in some small way? Our preaching series through Deuteronomy continued this past Sunday at Faith Church looking at numerous passages in chapters 21-24 related to marriage. As I was away most of the week at my denomination’sContinue reading “Marriage: covenant vs. contract? [Deuteronomy 21-24]”

Was Fred Flintstone right that a woman’s place is in the home?

How many of you remember the 1960s era cartoon, The Flintstones?  If you haven’t seen it, the cartoon is set in an imaginary cavemen society, except their society has all the amenities of modern society with cars, television, and neighborhoods.  The main characters, Fred and Wilma Flintstone, are husband and wife. In Season 2, EpisodeContinue reading “Was Fred Flintstone right that a woman’s place is in the home?”

Does Jesus want us to be Apocalypse Preppers? – Luke 17:20-37

Last week, I mentioned that we can feel fine if in fact we are living in the end of the world.  Here’s why. Some people are fine because they are ready for the end of the world.  They are prepared.  We call them Preppers.  The family in the picture above is an example. Look atContinue reading “Does Jesus want us to be Apocalypse Preppers? – Luke 17:20-37”

Law & Marriage…go together like a horse and carriage?

I am finding Luke 16 to be exceedingly confusing.  As if verses 1-15 and the Parable of the Shrewd Steward weren’t difficult enough (I preached on them this past Sunday…you can read about that sermon here and here), this coming Sunday I’m focusing on verses 14-18 which put Law and Marriage together, and I’m notContinue reading “Law & Marriage…go together like a horse and carriage?”