The situation in Isaiah’s time was very tense. Assyria was knocking on Jerusalem’s door – and God spared his people. But was this time to relax? And what does this have to do with the story of Zacchaeus? Click the link below to hear Pastor David’s sermon on Isaiah 1:10-20.
I just received and read my copy of the current “Communion together” newsletter (Nov/Dec 2010). First, take a few minutes to read the article by Jen Carney on being “Missionaries in Our Own Community.” Her words are right on the money – missions work begins in our own neighborhood. It’s good stuff.
Second, I’d like to comment about Jim Lyon’s article on “Absolute Truth and the Word of God.” This article reminds us of some important points, such as the fact that the Bible contains the truths of God. But the notion of absolute truth is, I believe, more complicated than the article suggests. Here’s what I mean:
Our weekly study of Ephesians continues with the first ten verses of chapter 2. Some powerful ideas are contained in this passage, specifically about the idea of being raised to new life in Christ. What does this have to say about who we are as the church? Click the link below to listen to Pastor David’s message!
In Luke 18:9-14, Jesus tells the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector. The moral of the story is clear, but the challenge remains: how do we go about our religious lives? The way of Jesus is upside down, compared to how the world works. Click the link below to hear Pastor David’s sermon on this topic.
In Luke 18:9-14, Jesus tells another parable, this time about a Pharisee and a tax collector who each went to church and prayed to God. But the two men went home with very different results. Come worship with us on Sunday morning as we explore this passage together!
One of the books on my “reading-in-progress” shelf is “Confessions” by Saint Augustine, a Christian writer who lived in the fourth and fifth centuries, some 1600 years ago. In this book, he gives his autobiography and describes how he ultimately came to faith in Christ. The section I read today gave me some food for thought, and I’d like to share that with you.
In Luke 18:1-8, Jesus tells his disciples a parable with a specific purpose: to encourage them to pray always and never to give up. They lived in a difficult time, so their prayers would have been very large indeed! Click the link below to hear Pastor David’s interpretation of this parable for today’s world.
Sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it? We should always remember to pray – especially when the parable contained in Luke 18:1-8 begins with that very instruction and explanation. Is Jesus telling us to nag God until we get what we want? What’s prayer all about? Come worship with us on Sunday morning, and we’ll explore this passage together.
If you were in church with us last Sunday, you know that I’ve been battling a cold for the past several days. I had something of a voice on Sunday, but by the following day, my entire voice was gone. Have you ever had that experience – where you can whisper, but not much more comes out? Well, as the day wore on, I began to think about just how “noisy” I usually am – especially before the Lord.