Love Does Not Boast

            Russell Herman was a carpenter who lived in the state of Illinois.  When he died at the age of 67, his will included a staggering list of beneficiaries.  He left instructions for two billion dollars to be given to the city of East St. Louis, another billion and a half for the state of…

Love Does Not Envy

We continue this morning in the great love chapter of the Bible, I Corinthians 13.  We saw last week that, in verses 4-7, Paul breaks down the concept of love into different pieces which is extremely helpful.  Because, as I said, it’s easy for us to sidestep the word love because it’s so general, but…

What Love Is

Last week, we began to look at the great love chapter, I Corinthians 13, and we saw that love is the most important thing in the world, and if we don’t have love, then nothing we do or say really matters.  Our faith, our giving, our sacrifices, our preaching, it’s all worthless without love. And…

The Importance of Love

            As I’ve mentioned before, I enjoy hearing what children think about different subjects.  This morning, I want to share with you some of their jewels of wisdom regarding love.  To explain why love happens between two particular people, one 8-year-old said, “I think you’re supposed to get shot with an arrow or something, but…

We Are the Body of Christ

            In 1991, the University of Michigan recruited what many sports analysts believed to be the top five basketball freshmen in the country. They was dubbed the “Fab Five,” and everyone was talking about how Michigan was probably going to have four successive NCAA championships.  History, however, proved otherwise. While each of those five players…

His Broken Body

            I’m sure you’ve all seen those ads in newspapers and magazines advertising some product or procedure to make you look better in some way – to look younger or fitter or thinner.  And they typically have two pictures to show you what people look like “before” and what they look like “after” using their…

Cover Your Head (Honor Your Head)

            This morning, we continue in our study of I Corinthians, and it’s a relief to be out of those difficult sections, where Paul was talking about things like church discipline and sex and lawsuits and divorce and remarriage and meat offered to idols, and now we can finally get into something much less controversial…

Don’t Make the Same Mistakes

            A little over a month ago, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, gave a speech before our Congress in which he asked the United States to do more to help Ukraine fight the Russian invasion.  During that speech, President Zelensky said:             “Just like anyone else in the United States, I remember your national memorial [at]…