Salvation Brings Change

For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been looking at a couple of men whose lives were changed by an encounter they had with Jesus.  Two weeks ago, we looked at Jairus, the synagogue leader, and we saw that Jesus brings hope when voices around us tell us that there is no hope.              And…

“I Desire Mercy”

            Last week, we talked about Jairus, the father whose 12-year-old daughter passed away from an illness.  And we saw that Jesus brings hope when there is no hope.  We all have times in our lives when we hear this voice that says, “Why bother?”  But then we hear the voice of Jesus who says. …

Hope (Why Bother?)

I’m sure you all heard the story in the news recently about how billionaire Robert F. Smith spoke at the graduation ceremony at Morehouse College and in his speech, said he would pay off the loan debts for all 396 graduates. What an incredible display of grace and love. But Robert Smith was not the…

A Good Lesson From a Bad Example

This morning, I want us to look at one of the parables of Jesus in Luke chapter 16.  In scripture, we have recorded about 40 different parables of Jesus.  This particular parable has to do with money, which isn’t very surprising because over one-third of Jesus’ parables dealt with the topic of money.             In…

Something Good From Something Bad

Over the past several years, we’ve heard a lot about “fake news.” And without meaning to be political, I would simply make the observation that fake news is nothing new.  “Fake news” is simply what happens when something is reported that isn’t true.  Probably the most famous example of this happened in 1948 when the…

The Persecuted Church

This is Memorial Day weekend, one of the most significant holidays that our country observes.  A time for us to remember those who have given their lives so that we might enjoy the freedoms that we do in this country.  It is an especially significant time for those of you in the military who know…

The Cross is at the Center

            If someone were to ask you, “What’s the most important part of Christianity?”, how would you answer that?  Obviously, everything in the Bible matters, but among all the do’s and don’ts and shoulds and shouldn’ts, what’s at the heart of it all?             What do we tell people around us who have all but…

A Letter to Mom

            I heard recently about a mother who put her son to bed on the night before his fifth birthday. And she was trying to communicate the whole birthday idea to him.  She said, “Kevin, this is the last night that you will be 4 years old.  Do you understand that?”             Kevin was trying…

Developing a Healthy Self-Esteem

            I heard a story years ago about a ticket agent who worked for United Airlines in Denver.  On this occasion, weather had caused one of their flights to be canceled, and this one agent was having to rebook a long line of inconvenienced travelers.             There was one angry passenger who pushed his way…

All Things to All People

            Years ago, there was a lawsuit brought against a doctor who passed the scene of an auto accident without stopping to render medical assistance.  One of the people in that accident died from a loss of blood, so the dead man’s family then sued the doctor who was seen passing by.  The court actually…