What Are You Willing to Give Up?

            This is the time of year when some Christians are practicing Lent, which is when they decide to give up something – usually some sort of food — for 40 days.  There are many things that I would be glad to give up for Lent – spinach, squash, Brussel sprouts.  Unfortunately, though, Lent is…

Love Over Liberty

We continue this morning with our study of I Corinthians as we move now into chapter 8. This chapter deals with a question that is very relevant to our Christian lives today, and that is, “How much should I let other people’s views control my actions?”  Or, to put it another way, “How much do…

Undivided Attention

We continue in our study of I Corinthians and, this morning, we’re going to finish out chapter 7.  Last week, we saw that Paul had something to say to those who are single, those who are married to Christians and those who are married to non-Christians, which I think pretty much covers all of us. …

Marriage Advice in a Nutshell

This morning, we pick back up in our study of I Corinthians, and we’re in the middle of chapter 7 where Paul is discussing some matters related to singleness, marriage, divorce and remarriage.             If you were here a couple of weeks ago, you may recall that I shared some advice with you from a…

Make Me a Servant

This morning, we have some very special guests with us.  As many of you know, we have a Girl Scout troop that meets here in our church building a couple of Sunday afternoons a month.  They are the ones responsible for supplying several of you with Girl Scout cookies a couple of weeks ago.             …

Single or Married?

I heard about a group of children who were asked their views on marriage, and one of the questions they were asked was this, “Is it better to be single or married?”  Let me share with you a couple of their responses to that question.  Lynette, age 9, said, “It’s better for girls to be…

When Winning is Still Losing

You know, we as Christians claim some pretty remarkable things about ourselves. We claim that we have been “born again”.  That we have been radically changed from the inside out.  That the very presence of God himself dwells within us.  Those are words that an unbelieving world hears with a great deal of skepticism. They…