What my dog’s howling taught me about how God wants to change the world – Easter 2022, Romans 8, Part 5

We live just down the road from a local volunteer fire station, so we hear the fire siren quite regularly.  If my dog is outside when the siren goes off, my dog will start howling.  I don’t know why he doesn’t howl inside.  Only outside.  But here’s the thing.  He cannot control the howling.  WhenContinue reading “What my dog’s howling taught me about how God wants to change the world – Easter 2022, Romans 8, Part 5”

Hope for those who are groaning – Easter 2020, Romans 8, Part 3

I was groaning a lot when I did my taxes recently.  I dread doing taxes because the tax forms can be so frustrating.  My family has a number of unique circumstances that intensify the frustration. I am pastor, which means I get a housing allowance. My wife operated a business. I have education expenses. FinallyContinue reading “Hope for those who are groaning – Easter 2020, Romans 8, Part 3”

Hope for the condemned – Easter 2022, Romans 8, Part 2

What do you do when you feel the anxiety and the pain and the stress of condemnation from people? Other people can sure be condemning, can’t they? Maybe you have a family member, a co-worker, or a classmate that is like that. They might even be a church member, someone you would call a friend,Continue reading “Hope for the condemned – Easter 2022, Romans 8, Part 2”

Did Jesus really die and come back to life? – Easter 2022, Preview

I just walked back in to my office at our church building, because I was outside changing the message on the church sign.  It had previously advertised our Maundy Thursday service, and now the new message asks, “Did Jesus really die and come back to life?  Let’s talk about that.”  How would you answer thatContinue reading “Did Jesus really die and come back to life? – Easter 2022, Preview”

How Jesus sets us free – Galatians 1:1-5:15, Part 4

One of my favorite Bible verses is Galatians 2:20.  Open a Bible and read Galatians 2:17-21, and take note especially of verse 20. See what Paul says in verse 20?  The amazing truth is that by faith Christ Jesus can live in us!!!  That’s a million times better than trying to keep the law!  GodContinue reading “How Jesus sets us free – Galatians 1:1-5:15, Part 4”

The meaning of the vision of the valley of dry bones – Ezekiel 37:1-14, Part 3

What does Ezekiel’s Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones mean?  God explains it to Ezekiel in Ezekiel 37, verses 11-14. How about that?  The entire vision is symbolic.  Ezekiel wasn’t at the scene of battle from years earlier.  The vision of the valley of dry bones, God says, symbolizes the people of Israel, whoContinue reading “The meaning of the vision of the valley of dry bones – Ezekiel 37:1-14, Part 3”

The power of God’s breath – Ezekiel 37:1-14, Part 2

“Can these bones live?”  That’s the question God posed to Ezekiel. God had just taken Ezekiel, through a prophetic vision journey, to a valley filled to the brim with human bones. The obvious answer to the question is, “No!”  Dead things do not come back to life.  When you’re dead, your dead.  It could beContinue reading “The power of God’s breath – Ezekiel 37:1-14, Part 2”

Why I believe Jesus’ resurrection is not only true, but matters – Easter 2021, Part 5

So is the resurrection truly true? If you want a scientific answer, with insurmountable proof, I’m sorry but I’m not able to give that.  I hope you heard in the previous post some strong evidence for the truth of Jesus’ resurrection. People who had very good reason to kill the Christian movement only had toContinue reading “Why I believe Jesus’ resurrection is not only true, but matters – Easter 2021, Part 5”

How resurrection motivates us to mission – Easter 2021, Part 4

As we continue studying what Paul has to say about resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15:12-34, he begins with a really bizarre comment. In verse 29 he mentions that the Corinthian Christians were practicing baptism for the dead.  I am not going to be able to provide you the definitive answer on what that one isContinue reading “How resurrection motivates us to mission – Easter 2021, Part 4”

What my peach tree teaches me about resurrection – Easter 2021, Part 3

I’m writing this in early spring, when I am starting to see the beginning of buds growing on the peach tree in my yard. Maybe you have fruit trees, and you’ve seen this growth process underway. As the buds eventually flower, the tiny fruit will begin to grow. Frequently, some fruit ripens early and weContinue reading “What my peach tree teaches me about resurrection – Easter 2021, Part 3”