Why listening to painful things is better than foolish laughter – Ecclesiastes 7:1-14, Part 3

I have been in a doctoral program for the last two years, and this past spring I finished my coursework and passed comprehensive exams. That means I now need to write the dissertation.  A book.  I’m writing a book.  And it feels like a mountain.  The first step was to write a proposal for myContinue reading “Why listening to painful things is better than foolish laughter – Ecclesiastes 7:1-14, Part 3”

The most depressing book in the Bible? – Ecclesiastes 1:1-11, Part 1

Did you hear that news that actor Chadwick Boseman passed away on Friday?  The star of Black Panther, and many other films, had secretly been battling colon cancer for years, and on Friday, at the age of 43 he passed away, shocking many.  I tell you this because I saw a news report about Boseman’sContinue reading “The most depressing book in the Bible? – Ecclesiastes 1:1-11, Part 1”

How to have victory over darkness – Acts 13, Part 3

Do you ever sense the battle of light versus dark, good versus evil? Do sense that there might be a spiritual war going on? Do you ever feel defeated? It is possible to have victory over darkness. In our study through Acts we’ve see that battle numerous times. In chapter 8 Philip faced off againstContinue reading “How to have victory over darkness – Acts 13, Part 3”

Two Easter stories: one false, one true – Matthew 28, Part 3

What is the true Easter story? As we have been following the telling of the Easter story in Matthew 28, we’ve learned that some women who were followers of Jesus, early on the Sunday morning after Jesus died, discovered an angel waiting in front of his empty tomb. Check out the previous two posts hereContinue reading “Two Easter stories: one false, one true – Matthew 28, Part 3”

How to live a non-hypocritical life – 3rd John, Part 5

Remember the story I told about the difficult boss who was terrible to work for, but he was a kind and caring gentleman among his church family?  One way in one setting, totally different in another.  Now that we have studied 3rd John, and we have learned about walking in truth, we can conclude withContinue reading “How to live a non-hypocritical life – 3rd John, Part 5”

What’s more important: belief or action? – 3rd John, Part 4

As we continue studying the ancient letter of 3rd John, we read at the end of verse 6 that John writes his friend Gaius encouraging him to send some fellow Christians on their way in a manner worthy of God.  In other words, he is saying to Gaius, “keep doing what you’re doing in supportingContinue reading “What’s more important: belief or action? – 3rd John, Part 4”

How to walk in truth (and find out if you aren’t) – 3rd John, Part 3

If you created an anonymous online survey asking your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors to describe your pattern of life, what would they say? What tendencies do you have? What comes to mind when they think about you? What impressions do the choices of your life make on the people around you? How do youContinue reading “How to walk in truth (and find out if you aren’t) – 3rd John, Part 3”

How Jesus redefines “love” and “truth” – 2nd John, Part 2

In the previous post I introduced the ancient biblical letter of 2nd John by looking at some ways that people express themselves when they are in love. Behind it all is the question, “What is love?” Though it is such a commonly used word and concept, is it possible that we might not understand it?Continue reading “How Jesus redefines “love” and “truth” – 2nd John, Part 2″

Find truth in a world of fake news – Titus 1:1-4, Part 3

Truth does not seem to be in good standing in our culture.  Facebook recently reported that they deleted over 3 billion fake accounts.  This means there are a lot of people who want to influence others around the world with untruth.  Fake news!  Our previous sermon series was all about false ideas that Christians believe,Continue reading “Find truth in a world of fake news – Titus 1:1-4, Part 3”

God’s blunt song and Moses’ blessing song [How God feels about our fear – Deuteronomy 31-34, part 4]

If God were to write a song to you, what do you think the lyrics would say? The first idea that enters my mind is that God would write a song about how much he loves us. But maybe I’m wrong about that. In Deuteronomy 32, we read a song that God wrote, and itContinue reading “God’s blunt song and Moses’ blessing song [How God feels about our fear – Deuteronomy 31-34, part 4]”