Life After Captivity

You cannot read through the Old Testament without noticing that the concept of captivity is a major theme.  There were, of course, the children of Israel who spent about 400 years in captivity in Egypt.  And then later, the Jews spent 70 more years in Babylonian captivity. Altogether, the words “captivity” and “captive” are used…

An Assurance of Hope

There’s a Peanut’s cartoon where Lucy and Linus are sitting in front of the television set when Lucy says to Linus, “Go, get me a glass of water.”  Linus says, “Why should I do anything for you? You never do anything for me.”  So Lucy says, “On your 75th birthday, I’ll bake you a cake.”…

Immanuel — God With Us

I don’t know how you mark the beginning of the Christmas season, but every year, Christmas season for me begins when I get the first report that someone has gotten pepper sprayed at a Wal-Mart fighting over the latest toy.  That’s when I know that Peace on Earth, good will to man has truly arrived.…

Perseverance

I want to begin this morning by asking a question – How many of you feel that life turned out to be just as easy as you thought it would?  You see, I think, most of us, when we’re young, think that life is going to be like a beautiful day at the beach.  We…

The Faith of a Father

Last Sunday, we looked at a conversation that a mother, Mrs. Zebedee, had with Jesus.  This morning, I want us to take a look at a conversation that a father had with Jesus.  Now, I think it’s safe that mothers and fathers are very different and they have totally different parenting styles. Those of you…

Mrs. Zebedee

This morning, I want us to take a look at a conversation between Jesus and Mrs. Zebedee.  Now, I call her that because the only way Matthew identifies her in our text is as “the mother of Zebedee’s sons”, although her name was probably Salome (and you can figure that out by comparing all the…

Psalm 103

In just a few days, we will celebrate Thanksgiving, one day that is set aside every year to give thanks to God as a nation.  I don’t know if you’ve noticed this or not, but it appears to me that, in the stores, it’s gotten where Thanksgiving has become completely overlooked.  We no longer see…

God Has a Name

I am fascinated by the changing popularity of baby’s names through the years.  Sueanne and I were like most parents – we put a lot of thought into naming our children.  We wanted names that weren’t too popular (especially because of the last name of Smith), but we didn’t want names that were too strange…