Water is Thicker Than Blood

We sometimes hear it said that “blood is thicker than water”. What we mean by that is that we consider our family relationship to be the most important relationship in the world. And there is something special about family. Have you ever seen a brother and sister who fight like cats and dogs…

Is Our Work Worth the Effort?

You may have heard the story about a kindergarten teacher who was helping one of her students put his boots on. He was having a hard time and even with her helping, the boots still didn’t want to go on. She pulled and tugged, and by the time the second boot was on, she was…

The Family of God

Several months ago, I preached a sermon where I quoted an article from a church bulletin. I thought today might be a good time to read it again. “All are welcome here. But we extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, yo no habla Ingles. We…

Knowing God

You may be familiar with a little book entitled Children’s Letters to God.  It’s a delightful book because it gives us a glimpse into what children think God is like.  Here are a few samples:   “Dear God, In Sunday School they told us what You do. Who does it when You are on vacation?”…

Rest For the Weary

In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus said, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay…

The Seven Deadly Sins (7) — Lust

This morning, we come to a close of our study of the Seven Deadly Sins, as we take a look at the sin of lust.  In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said,   “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’  But I say to you that everyone who looks at a…

The Seven Deadly Sins (6) — Gluttony

You may have heard the story about the schoolteacher who invited her students to bring some items that were representative of their faith traditions.  And so the next day, there was a Jewish boy who said, “I’m Jewish, and this is my yarmulke. The men and boys wear this when we go into the synagogue.”…

The Seven Deadly Sins (5) — Sloth

Before I begin my lesson, I need to get a little help from all of the children here this morning.  How many of you children like to go to the zoo?  Raise your hands.  What is your favorite animal to see at the zoo?  Lions?  Elephants?  Monkeys?  Giraffes?   I love all of those animals,…

The Seven Deadly Sins (4) — Greed

The story is told of a man who is walking down the beach and he comes across an old bottle. He picks it up, pulls out the cork and out pops a genie!  The genie says, “Thank you for freeing me from this bottle.  In return, I will grant you three wishes.”   The man…