Our Citizenship is in Heaven (Philippians)

            Citizenship is a hot topic of discussion in our country right now.  There’s talk about how to keep non-citizens from entering our country, and talk about how to take immigrants who are already here and make them citizens.  During past elections, there’s been talk about which candidates may or may not be “natural born…

Feeling Inadequate (2 Corinthians)

I heard recently about a 5-year-old little boy by the name of Nick who came home after spending two weeks at Pre-K and proudly announced to his grandmother that he was the smartest kid in the class.  His grandmother, of course, was very proud of Nick and asked him if that was what his teacher…

Jesus Broke the Power of Death

This morning, I want us to take a break from our study through the New Testament.  Next Sunday, we’ll pick back up with 2 Corinthians.  But this morning is Easter morning, and I want to spend some time reflecting on the significance of what happened some 2,000 years ago.             I heard about a Sunday…

Love to Be Different (Romans 5-16)

Back in 1967, there was a song written that still remains popular among people of all ages. The Beatles wanted to write something that would speak to people of all nations.  So, John Lennon wrote the song, “All You Need is Love.”  And that song became very popular.  Probably (1) because it was the Beatles,…

People Are Listening (Acts 12-28)

Have you ever noticed that if you’re holding a camera and you point the camera at something, the thing you’re pointing the camera at suddenly becomes much more interesting to everybody else?  Pointing is a powerful thing.  Try it for yourself when you’re out in public: find the least interesting object around, something totally ordinary,…

Hope for a House Divided (Acts 1-11)

In June of 1858, the United States of America was not very united at all because of the issue of slavery.  There were 17 free states and 15 slave states, and there was a lot of animosity between those two groups.              It was at that time that Abraham Lincoln was campaigning for a US…