"There Is Still One Thing Lacking"
Text: Luke 18:18-27
Many years ago, I was leading an adult Bible study on the Gospel of Luke. One of the members of the class was highly offended by the passage we just read. With eyes blazing, he stood up and said,
"Dead End Quest"
Text: John 6:51-60
When Christian folk are asked to identify their favorite of the four gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – most will choose the fourth. John is unique among the gospel accounts in that across its twenty-one chapters, it provides more information about Jesus’ identity than the other three gospels combined.
Text: Luke 2:8-14
What are some of the things in life which fill you with happiness? The smiling and cooing of a little baby, especially when he or she is your child or grandchild. A word or gesture from your employer letting you know that you’ve done a good job. News from the doctor that the tests all came back negative, or that the disease is in full remission. Word that a loved one is safely returning from military service overseas. A compliment from your spouse that you’re looking good.
Text: Matthew 3:1-12
On this 2nd Sunday of Advent, we focus our attention on a character in the gospels who was considered by many in his day – and is considered by many in ours – to be something of an odd sock. His clothing was strange. His diet was unconventional. His approach was abrasive. And his message was off-putting and challenging.
"Keeper of the Pig Sty"
Text: Deuteronomy 8:11-18
Today, as our nostrils may have already informed us, is Feast of the Faithful. That aroma also reminds us that this is Stewardship Commitment Sunday; the day that we dedicate our pledged giving to the day-to-day ministry operations of Central Presbyterian Church. It’s always a big day for the church. It’s also a day I’m obliged to deliver, and you’re obliged to hear, yet another stewardship commitment message. Let’s call that our “meal ticket.”
"I Will Repay, Says the Lord"
Text: Romans 12:14-21
My conversations with the Lord are, shall we say, interesting. In my personal prayer life, I tend to lay everything out before God -- things I am thankful for, and things I am envious about; things I would like the Lord to do for others, and things I would like the Lord to do for me and mine; things I am certain about, and things I am confused about; things I am pleased about, and things I am angry about. In fact, some of the anger I lay before the Lord I would NEVER expose to another human being.