Hope for a House Divided (Acts 1-11)

In June of 1858, the United States of America was not very united at all because of the issue of slavery.  There were 17 free states and 15 slave states, and there was a lot of animosity between those two groups.              It was at that time that Abraham Lincoln was campaigning for a US…

In the Beginning Was the Word (John 1-12)

In just a little bit, we’re going to take a look at the gospel of John, but before we do that, I want to spend a few minutes talking about some Jewish theology and then some Greek philosophy, and then we’re going to see how John tries to put those two things together.             First…

Mary’s Song (Luke 1-9)

If you’re a country music fan, you’re probably familiar with Travis Tritt.  Several years ago, Travis revealed a little-known secret about his early years before he made it big.  He was playing in out-of-the-way joints that sometimes got a bit dangerous. Drunken fans would start fights over the smallest matters.  But Travis said he discovered…

Serve Like Jesus (Mark)

            I heard recently about someone who used to get annoyed when he felt like preachers were being too repetitive.  He said, “First, they tell me what they’re going to tell me, and then they tell me, and then they tell me what they’ve told me. Why do you have to tell me three times?…

The Kingdom of God (Matthew 1-13)

As I said last week, we’re going to spend the next six months or so taking a look at each of the books of the New Testament.  And this morning, we begin with the book of Matthew.  We’ll actually take two weeks with Matthew, and so this morning, we’ll look at the first half and…

In the Fullness of Time

This past year, we went through the books of the Old Testament, one by one.  This year, we’re going to go through the books of the New Testament and take a closer look at each one of them.               But before I get to my lesson this morning, I wanted to share with you this…

Our Great Peace

Last week, we took a look at what the angel of the Lord said to the shepherds – “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all men.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:9-10)             But, just a short time later, a…