A No-Win Situation

In Luke 20, the chief priests and the scribes came to Jesus with a question.  They asked him, “Should we, the Jews, pay taxes to Ceasar?”  It seemed like an innocent question, but it wasn’t innocent at all.  They were trying to put Jesus in a no-win situation.  If his answer was, “Yes, you should…

Navigating a New Year

At the end of every year, news services and magazines like to take a look back at the past 12 months to do a “year in review.” They go over the highlights and the lowlights of the past year to help us remember what this past year has been like.             And then, sometimes, they…

A Christmas Story (A War Story)

I want to take a break from our sermon series on King David for just a couple of weeks.  This morning, I want to share with you a story. A Christmas story, if you will.  And children know that all stories begin with those four special words – “once upon a time”.   I heard about…

Healing a Divided Nation

I think it would be accurate to say that, in recent years, our nation has become deeply divided.   Now, I understand that politics are politics.  There’s always been name calling and choosing up sides, gridlock in Congress and all that stuff.   But it just seems different now.  It’s worked its way out of Washington, D.C.,…

Dealing With Grief

I think it’s accurate to say that the place where we experience our greatest joys and also our greatest heartaches is in our family.  Some of life’s greatest joys are things like watching our children and grandchildren grow up, spending decades with a spouse who loves you and is there for you no matter what,…

God’s Sovereignty

Let me ask you a question.  When it comes to God, the Bible, and Christianity, what do you think is the most difficult question to answer?  I wanted to see what people thought about this, so I did a Google search, and it turned up, among other things, a book that gives “Biblical Answers to…

When the World Turns Against You

Whenever a baby is born, one of the things that always generates a lot of discussion is the question, “Who does she look like, her mother or her father?”  Because all of us carry the DNA of our parents which means that we tend to resemble them in our physical characteristics.              But it’s not…

When Good Men Do Nothing

            I heard recently about a church that was conducting a Christmas Eve service a few years ago.  While the minister was speaking, he looked out into the audience and realized that the people weren’t looking at him. They seemed to be looking behind him.  And they were.  There was a candelabra behind the…

Seeking Reconciliation

Whenever I hear that a husband and wife are getting a divorce, it’s always sad.  But it’s especially disturbing for me to hear that a couple is getting a divorce because of “irreconcilable differences”.  I never know quite what to make of that.  Does that mean that she likes to squeeze the toothpaste tube from…

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