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Three Men And A Baby

Three Men And A Baby Matthew 2:1-12Just recently, while driving about the city, I was listening to a talk show on the car radio. The subject had to do with space travel. The featured guest on the talk show was a prominent scientist. A listener called in and asked this...

Christmas … For #3: Christmas Faith For The Faithless

Christmas Hope For The Hopeless Christmas Spirit For The Spiritless Christmas Faith For The Faithless Christmas Faith For The Faithless Luke 2:15-20A decade ago, in 1987, I spent the summer studying at the Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies in Israel. It was a...

What’s Worth Living For And Dying For?

What's Worth Living For And Dying For? Philippians 2:1-11Songs of faith. Sermons of grace.Here’s my Scripture in a verse: “God has highly exalted Jesus and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name; that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow.” Here is my...

This Church Is In Your Hands

This Church Is In Your Hands Matthew 28:16-20Some years ago, there was an older man who lived all alone up in the hills of eastern Kentucky. He was something of a recluse, but he was known throughout the region as “the wise old hermit of the hills”. Everybody talked...

Can One Be A Christian And Not Belong To The Church?

Can One Be A Christian And Not Belong To The Church?September 28, 1997 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | Ephesians 4:11-16Lend me your ears, your minds, and your hearts for just a few minutes, and let's focus on trying to answer the question: Can one be a...

To Know Him And To Make Him Known

To Know Him And To Make Him KnownSeptember 14, 1997 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | Romans 1:8-17On the second Sunday of September, 1968, I preached my first sermon in my first church. Every year since, on the second Sunday of September, I do two things. I...

Tales With a Twist #2: Forgiven! Forgotten! Forever!

Eyes Too Busy To See A Forgiving God In An Unforgiving World It's The Little Things That Count The Cost Of Not Loving Is Too Great To Pay Who Said Life Is Fair? Jesus And The Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day God Threw A Party But Nobody Came! E Unum Pluribus...

Tales With a Twist #8: God Threw A Party But Nobody Came!

Eyes Too Busy To See A Forgiving God In An Unforgiving World It's The Little Things That Count The Cost Of Not Loving Is Too Great To Pay Who Said Life Is Fair? Jesus And The Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day God Threw A Party But Nobody Came! E Unum Pluribus...

Tales With a Twist #6: Who Said Life Is Fair?

Eyes Too Busy To See A Forgiving God In An Unforgiving World It's The Little Things That Count The Cost Of Not Loving Is Too Great To Pay Who Said Life Is Fair? Jesus And The Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day God Threw A Party But Nobody Came! E Unum Pluribus...

A New Year’s Revolution

A New Year's Revolution John 14:18-23I was reading through one of those retrospective pieces in the newspaper the other day. It was a review of the significant events of the year 1995. Listed among those events was the death of the great baseball player Mickey Mantle....

No Vacancy

No Vacancy   December 24, 1996 | First Presbyterian Church OrlandoMy name is Eliazor Ben Yakkov, but I suppose that's not so very important. The year is 34 A.D. The place, the little town of Bethlehem. That is important. I am an innkeeper. I operate a small hotel...

The Shepherds, Charter Members Of The G.N.T. Club

The Shepherds, Charter Members Of The G.N.T. Club December 24, 1996 | First Presbyterian Church OrlandoDo you know the name Tom Bodette? If you don't recognize the name, you would certainly recognize the voice. He's the fellow who does those home-spun "Motel 6"...

Dreaming Of A Right Christmas

Dreaming Of A Right Christmas Luke 1:26-38A friend of mine who is a psychologist told me recently that he has found the perfect formula for getting through Christmas. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, he said: "You just put your mind in neutral and go where you are...

Starburst In A Time Of Storm

Starburst In A Time Of Storm Luke 2:8-14A friend I know set out to try to make Christmas an especially significant faith experience for his family one year. And so three weeks before Christmas, he bought a manger scene to use in teaching his children the real meaning...

Peace By Piece

Peace By Piece John 3:1-17One of my favorite "Peanuts" comic strips is the one where Lucy decides that her brother, Linus, has got to grow up and learn to live without his security blanket of his. So while Linus is asleep, she slips the blanket out of his hands, takes...

The Heart of a Champion #7: Go Deep

Be Strong! Keep Faith Stay Loyal Have Courage Share Christ Serve Others Go Deep The Heart of a Champion: Go Deep Luke 5:1-11It takes a lot to get me down in life—a whole lot! It happens only on the rarest of occasions. But on those rarest of occasions when it does...

The Heart of a Champion #4: Have Courage

Be Strong! Keep Faith Stay Loyal Have Courage Share Christ Serve Others Go Deep The Heart of a Champion: Have Courage Matthew 5:10-16 Let me remind you of something we tend to forget: sometimes the cost of commitment to Jesus Christ can be very high… Several years...

The Heart of a Champion #3: Stay Loyal

Be Strong! Keep Faith Stay Loyal Have Courage Share Christ Serve Others Go Deep The Heart of a Champion: Stay Loyal Revelation 3:7-13People said it was a record that would never be broken. It was called "the Iron Man" record. It was Lou Gehrig's string of playing in...

The Heart of a Champion #2: Keep Faith

Be Strong! Keep Faith Stay Loyal Have Courage Share Christ Serve Others Go Deep The Heart of a Champion: Keep Faith Mark 1:14-20Have you heard the story about the elderly woman named Mrs. Jones who called the bank one morning to check on her accounts and to ask about...

The Whole World In His Hands

The Whole World In His Hands Matthew 25:26-29I look for the truth of God wherever I can find it, and sometimes I find it in the most unexpected places. Like Taco Bell. Let me explain. A handful of years ago, the executives of Taco Bell noticed something that concerned...

So Near, Yet So Far

So Near, Yet So Far Mark 10:17-22True story. A few years ago, a young Roman Catholic priest finished his seminary training and was appointed to serve a church in Loveland, Colorado. With a building sense of excitement on his first Sunday there, he looked out of the...

Keeping The Sabbath Wholly

Keeping The Sabbath Wholly Exodus 20.8-11; Mark 2:23-28Mark Twain—he's always good for a laugh! A businessman notorious for his ruthlessness, announced to Mark Twain: "Before I die I mean to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. I will climb Mount Sinai and read the Ten...

The King Is In The Audience

The King Is In The Audience John 20:19-29Back in 1970, God in His gracious goodness, allowed me the privilege of meeting Catherine Marshall. My mother and Catherine Marshall had been in college together at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, and therefore, during...

Bored To Tears Or Bold For Years?

Bored To Tears Or Bold For Years? Acts 4:5-12Just recently, a friend who teaches kindergarten told me about how she was teaching her children the "Popcorn Song". It's an action song which required the children to assume a squatting position and then at the appropriate...

The Heart of a Champion #1: Be Strong!

Be Strong! Keep Faith Stay Loyal Have Courage Share Christ Serve Others Go Deep The Heart of a Champion: Be Strong! II Timothy 2:1-7So many times during the recent Olympics, I heard the commentators use the phrase "the heart of a champion". I noticed that the phrase...

Home Improvement #7: The Gripes Of Wrath: Love’s Number One Enemy

The Commandment You Can't Always Obey What Adam Should Have Learned About Eve What Eve Should Have Learned About Adam Teenagers: The People God Didn’t Create Growing Old Without Getting Old Lessons Learned From Two Adoptive Dads The Gripes Of Wrath: Love's Number One...

Home Improvement #5: Growing Old Without Getting Old

The Commandment You Can't Always Obey What Adam Should Have Learned About Eve What Eve Should Have Learned About Adam Teenagers: The People God Didn’t Create Growing Old Without Getting Old Lessons Learned From Two Adoptive Dads The Gripes Of Wrath: Love's Number One...

Home Improvement #4: Teenagers: The People God Didn’t Create

The Commandment You Can't Always Obey What Adam Should Have Learned About Eve What Eve Should Have Learned About Adam Teenagers: The People God Didn’t Create Growing Old Without Getting Old Lessons Learned From Two Adoptive Dads The Gripes Of Wrath: Love's Number One...

Home Improvement #3: What Eve Should Have Learned About Adam

The Commandment You Can't Always Obey What Adam Should Have Learned About Eve What Eve Should Have Learned About Adam Teenagers: The People God Didn’t Create Growing Old Without Getting Old Lessons Learned From Two Adoptive Dads The Gripes Of Wrath: Love's Number One...

Home Improvement #2: What Adam Should Have Learned About Eve

The Commandment You Can't Always Obey What Adam Should Have Learned About Eve What Eve Should Have Learned About Adam Teenagers: The People God Didn’t Create Growing Old Without Getting Old Lessons Learned From Two Adoptive Dads The Gripes Of Wrath: Love's Number One...

Home Improvement #1: The Commandment You Can’t Always Obey

The Commandment You Can't Always Obey What Adam Should Have Learned About Eve What Eve Should Have Learned About Adam Teenagers: The People God Didn’t Create Growing Old Without Getting Old Lessons Learned From Two Adoptive Dads The Gripes Of Wrath: Love's Number One...

Why Not You? Why Not Me? Why Not Now?

Why Not You? Why Not Me? Why Not Now? John 21:15-19Scott Levy was a pastor who was preaching for a friend on Sunday morning in Nebraska. He went early to the church on that Sunday morning to see what it was like and to get a feel for the church's atmosphere. He was...

What To Do When You Don’t Know What to Do #1: Believe It Or Not

Believe It Or Not Eyes Cleansed By Tears See More Clearly Sticking Your Toe Into A Sea Of Joy Jesus Died Of A Broken Heart The Man Who Came Last The Day The King Cried An Easter Symphony In Four Movements What To Do When You Don't Know What to Do: Believe It Or Not...

The Man Whose Faith Amazed Jesus

The Man Whose Faith Amazed Jesus Luke 7:1-10Lloyd Ogilvie is a great Presbyterian preacher and a good friend. He presently serves as the Chaplain of the United States Senate. Several years ago, he had quite an experience one morning as he was preparing to address a...

Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude!

Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude!November 26, 1995 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | Romans 12:1-2Ann Turnage is a most remarkable woman. Her husband, Mac Turnage, is an associate pastor at the Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas. Her...

Bigger Barns Can Mean Smaller Souls

Bigger Barns Can Mean Smaller Souls Luke 12:15-21Not long ago, the Associated Press carried a story about a woman who tried to hold up a bank. The weapon? She said it was a remote control device set to trigger a bomb in her car which was parked in front of the bank....

Rock-Solid Faith In A Sinking-Sand World

Rock-Solid Faith In A Sinking-Sand World Matthew 7:21-29True story.Some years ago in a small town in central Europe, a visitor saw something that fascinated him. He noticed the villagers in that place performing a most unusual ritual. As they passed by a certain...

The Touch Of The King

The Touch Of The King Mark 2:1-12One Sunday, several years ago, the Presbyterian Church in Spencerport, New York, was crowded to overflowing. Why? Because, the Sunday before the church bulletin carried this announcement: "Next Sunday both church choirs will sin...

When The ‘What-Ifs’ Strike

When The 'What-Ifs' Strike Mark 10:17-22Shel Silverstein, in his delightful children's book, A Light in the Attic, shares a poem called "The Whatifs". For those of you who know it, listen again. For those of you who don't know it, listen hard. "Last night while I lay...

When You Can’t Win For Losing

When You Can't Win For Losing I Samuel 31:1-7So here I am a couple of weeks ago working on a sermon examining why and how King Saul, who had everything going for him, who had everything anyone could ever hope to have, could wind up as a hopeless, hapless, helpless...

Looking At Life Through Eyes Of Fear Or Eyes Of Faith

Looking At Life Through Eyes Of Fear Or Eyes Of Faith Exodus 14:10-15Mark Twain once described the day he rushed to the top of Pike's Peak to see the sun rise. He said: "I got there on time, but I missed it because I was looking the wrong way!" It's a common problem...

It’s Never Been Easy To Be A Father!

It's Never Been Easy To Be A Father! Luke 2:41-52No sermon is so bad that you can't get one good thing out of it. No book is so bad that you can't get one good idea from its pages. No movie is so bad that you can't find one good line within it.No sermon is so bad that...

Looking At Life Through Easter Eyes

Looking At Life Through Easter Eyes John 20:11-18It's all a matter of perspective. It's all a matter of how you look at things. You know the old saying that one person looks at a glass of water and sees it as being half empty. Another person looks at the same glass of...

Rising To The Occasion-Once And For All

Rising To The Occasion-Once And For All Luke 24:1-12Her name was Carol Johnson. She was the organist at her church. She was an outstanding musician, but she did something no organist or preacher should ever do. She overslept on Easter Sunday morning, and missed the...

Pilate Error: The Truth About The Lies We Believe

Pilate Error: The Truth About The Lies We Believe John 18:33-34You don't have to love country music in order to appreciate the colossal humor contained in the titles to country songs. Let me share some of my favorites with you. There's the old classic: "I've Got Tears...

No Failure Is Ever Final!

No Failure Is Ever Final!March 19, 1995 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | Romans 5:1-5I serve on the Board of Trustees at Montreat College, and it is at this time of the year that the Board certifies those who will receive both earned and honorary degrees. An...

Going Away Into Arabia

Going Away Into Arabia Galatians 1:11-24We are engaged in a 50-day spiritual adventure under the theme, "Facing Down Our Fears." The fear we're concentrating on this week is the fear of living an insignificant life. The great Apostle Paul led anything but an...

Are You Standing On The Promises Or Just Sitting On The Premises?

Are You Standing On The Promises Or Just Sitting On The Premises? John 14:15-17Are you standing on the promises, or are you just sitting on the premises?Clever language.Tough question. Don't duck it. Do you claim and embrace and celebrate the great promises of God...

All Stressed Up And No Place To Blow

All Stressed Up And No Place To Blow Matthew 11:25-30If you are a member of our congregation here at First Presbyterian, you are aware of the fact that my partner-in-ministry, Dr. Jim Cook, and I are enjoying a lively, loving, light-hearted competition with each other...

Some Things We Can’t Repay, But We Can Pass Them On

Some Things We Can't Repay, But We Can Pass Them On Luke 19:1-10So many times I read something written or hear something said, and I think to myself: "Golly, I wish I had said that!" For example, I came across a series of quotes from different individuals on the...

Home For Christmas #1: Make Your Heart Christ’s Home

Make Your Heart Christ’s Home The Best Christmas Presents Are Wrapped In Heaven No Songs Like The Old Songs When It Is More Blessed To Receive Some Christmas Memories Home For Christmas: Make Your Heart Christ’s Home John 1:1-5The letter came at Christmas time, tucked...

The Transforming Touch #4: Chained By A String

Taking People Where They Are And Loving Them Into Life O.J. Simpson, Jesus Christ, And Us Nobody's Born A Bigot! Chained By A String What Jesus Wrote In The Sand, He Also Wrote In Blood The Heart Inflamed The Transforming Touch: Chained By A String Mark 10:17-22Years...

The Transforming Touch #3: Nobody’s Born A Bigot!

Taking People Where They Are And Loving Them Into Life O.J. Simpson, Jesus Christ, And Us Nobody's Born A Bigot! Chained By A String What Jesus Wrote In The Sand, He Also Wrote In Blood The Heart Inflamed The Transforming Touch: Nobody's Born A Bigot! Matthew...

The Transforming Touch #2: O.J. Simpson, Jesus Christ, And Us

Taking People Where They Are And Loving Them Into Life O.J. Simpson, Jesus Christ, And Us Nobody's Born A Bigot! Chained By A String What Jesus Wrote In The Sand, He Also Wrote In Blood The Heart Inflamed The Transforming Touch: O.J. Simpson, Jesus Christ, And Us John...

The Gospel: Cheerful Tidings Or Tearful Chidings?

The Gospel: Cheerful Tidings Or Tearful Chidings? Philippians 4:4-7Well, I'm back from my vacation, and boy, am I ever glad!"Well, I'm back from my vacation, and boy, am I ever glad!" You see my wife, Trisha, now more or less lovingly and laughingly refers to our...

Homeward Bound #12: The Choice Is Yours

Life Is Forever! Reflections On The Resurrection The Promise Of The Pearl Someday Our Prince Will Come Take Me Home To My Mother You Can't Take The Sheep From The Shepherd! Life Is Uncertain, So Eat Dessert First! Facing Death Unafraid Finishing What We Start Moments...

Homeward Bound #11: The Dark Side Of The Good News

Life Is Forever! Reflections On The Resurrection The Promise Of The Pearl Someday Our Prince Will Come Take Me Home To My Mother You Can't Take The Sheep From The Shepherd! Life Is Uncertain, So Eat Dessert First! Facing Death Unafraid Finishing What We Start Moments...

Homeward Bound #10: Moments Difficult To Treasure

Life Is Forever! Reflections On The Resurrection The Promise Of The Pearl Someday Our Prince Will Come Take Me Home To My Mother You Can't Take The Sheep From The Shepherd! Life Is Uncertain, So Eat Dessert First! Facing Death Unafraid Finishing What We Start Moments...

Homeward Bound #7: Life Is Uncertain, So Eat Dessert First!

Life Is Forever! Reflections On The Resurrection The Promise Of The Pearl Someday Our Prince Will Come Take Me Home To My Mother You Can't Take The Sheep From The Shepherd! Life Is Uncertain, So Eat Dessert First! Facing Death Unafraid Finishing What We Start Moments...

Homeward Bound #6: You Can’t Take The Sheep From The Shepherd!

Life Is Forever! Reflections On The Resurrection The Promise Of The Pearl Someday Our Prince Will Come Take Me Home To My Mother You Can't Take The Sheep From The Shepherd! Life Is Uncertain, So Eat Dessert First! Facing Death Unafraid Finishing What We Start Moments...

Against the Odds #3: The Sandals Of Peace

The Belt Of Truth The Breastplate Of Righteousness The Sandals Of Peace The Shield Of Faith The Helmet Of Salvation The Sword Of The Spirit The Whole Armor Of God Against the Odds: The Sandals Of Peace Ephesians 6:10-15I love the story about the Indian tribe gathered...

Against the Odds #1: The Belt Of Truth

The Belt Of Truth The Breastplate Of Righteousness The Sandals Of Peace The Shield Of Faith The Helmet Of Salvation The Sword Of The Spirit The Whole Armor Of God Against the Odds: The Belt Of Truth Ephesians 6:10-14aThey called her "B. W.". They called her that...

We’re Here For Life #4: A Call To Commitment

A Call To Continuity A Call To Confidence A Call To Compassion A Call To Commitment We're Here For Life: A Call To Commitment Luke 9:23-26One of the great joys of my life is serving this congregation. I don't know that I can thank you enough for the honor I have of...

We’re Here For Life #3: A Call To Compassion

A Call To Continuity A Call To Confidence A Call To Compassion A Call To Commitment We're Here For Life: A Call To Compassion John 12:1-8Paul Sherer wrote: "Love is a spendthrift; it leaves its arithmetic at home. It is always in the red. And God is love." The truth...

We’re Here For Life #2: A Call To Confidence

A Call To Continuity A Call To Confidence A Call To Compassion A Call To Commitment We're Here For Life: A Call To Confidence Nehemiah 12:11-18There's a wonderful story about a man who happened upon a Little League baseball game one night. He noticed right away that...

We’re Here For Life #1: A Call To Continuity

A Call To Continuity A Call To Confidence A Call To Compassion A Call To Commitment We're Here For Life: A Call To Continuity I Chronicles 29:10-19, 26-28Build me a church, said GodBuild me a church, said GodOut of your fairest dreams,Heaven must be its dome,Lighted...

You Make a Difference #2: Promises To Keep

Total Commitment Promises To Keep Priming The Pump You Make a Difference: Promises To KeepNovember 1, 1992 | First Presbyterian Church Orlando | I Corinthians 15:51-16:3True story. Some years ago, Edward Spencer was a theological student at a seminary in Chicago. One...

You Make a Difference #1: Total Commitment

Total Commitment Promises To Keep Priming The Pump You Make a Difference: Total Commitment Luke 9:57-62Not long ago, I was on a long uneventful flight home to Orlando. I suppose one ought never to complain about an "uneventful" flight, but in this case "uneventful"...

Tales With a Twist #3: A Forgiving God In An Unforgiving World

Eyes Too Busy To See A Forgiving God In An Unforgiving World It's The Little Things That Count The Cost Of Not Loving Is Too Great To Pay Who Said Life Is Fair? Jesus And The Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day God Threw A Party But Nobody Came! E Unum Pluribus...

Tales With a Twist #1: Eyes Too Busy To See

Eyes Too Busy To See A Forgiving God In An Unforgiving World It's The Little Things That Count The Cost Of Not Loving Is Too Great To Pay Who Said Life Is Fair? Jesus And The Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day God Threw A Party But Nobody Came! E Unum Pluribus...

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians #8: A Postscript

Trust Tenderness Goodness Commitment Mercy Reconciliation Purity A Postscript The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians: A Postscript Matthew 5:1-2, 10-12A few weeks ago, I received a vivid reminder of something we tend to forget: sometimes the cost of...

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians #7: Purity

Trust Tenderness Goodness Commitment Mercy Reconciliation Purity A Postscript The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians: Purity Matthew 5:1, 2, 8Travel back with me to the year 1936.Travel back with me to the year 1936. Berlin, Germany. Adolph Hitler was at the...

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians #6: Reconciliation

Trust Tenderness Goodness Commitment Mercy Reconciliation Purity A Postscript The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians: Reconciliation Matthew 5:1-2, 9The Reader's Digest tells about a young boy named Matthew, age 4, setting in the back seat of the family car,...

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians #5: Mercy

Trust Tenderness Goodness Commitment Mercy Reconciliation Purity A Postscript The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians: Mercy Matthew 5:1-2, 7Until recently, Apartment #213 on the west side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin was an anonymous place. Now it is universally...

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians #4: Commitment

Trust Tenderness Goodness Commitment Mercy Reconciliation Purity A Postscript The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians: Commitment Matthew 5:1,2,5Some reflections from my heart… Before I left for India two weeks ago, a number of our members expressed their best...

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians #3: Goodness

Trust Tenderness Goodness Commitment Mercy Reconciliation Purity A Postscript The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians: Goodness Matthew 5:1, 2, 6Steve Lyons will always be known as the baseball player who dropped his pants! I know, you can't believe what you...

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians #2: Tenderness

Trust Tenderness Goodness Commitment Mercy Reconciliation Purity A Postscript The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians: Tenderness Matthew 5:1, 2, 4It happened in April of 1984. It wasn't a big thing really. It didn't make the evening news. It had no...

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians #1: Trust

Trust Tenderness Goodness Commitment Mercy Reconciliation Purity A Postscript The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians: Trust Matthew 5:1-3If, in the last couple of years, you have had any exposure at all to the world of management training and leadership...

Christmas in the Carols #8: There’s A Song In The Air

Joy To The World Hark, The Herald Angels Sing We Three Kings Of Orient Are O Little Town Of Bethlehem Away In The Manger What Child Is This? O Come All Ye Faithful There's A Song In The Air Angels From The Realms Of Glory It Came Upon A Midnight Clear The First Noel...

Christmas in the Carols #7: O Come All Ye Faithful

Joy To The World Hark, The Herald Angels Sing We Three Kings Of Orient Are O Little Town Of Bethlehem Away In The Manger What Child Is This? O Come All Ye Faithful There's A Song In The Air Angels From The Realms Of Glory It Came Upon A Midnight Clear The First Noel...

Christmas in the Carols #6: What Child Is This?

Joy To The World Hark, The Herald Angels Sing We Three Kings Of Orient Are O Little Town Of Bethlehem Away In The Manger What Child Is This? O Come All Ye Faithful There's A Song In The Air Angels From The Realms Of Glory It Came Upon A Midnight Clear The First Noel...

Christmas in the Carols #5: Away In The Manger

Joy To The World Hark, The Herald Angels Sing We Three Kings Of Orient Are O Little Town Of Bethlehem Away In The Manger What Child Is This? O Come All Ye Faithful There's A Song In The Air Angels From The Realms Of Glory It Came Upon A Midnight Clear The First Noel...

The Gospel In Miniature

The Gospel In Miniature John 3:16-21If I were to ask you today to write down what you consider to be the single greatest verse in all of the Bible, what would you put down? Of course, I am sure that in all likelihood there would be a variety of answers given. However,...

The Claims of the Christ #7: I Am The Alpha And The Omega

I Am The Bread Of Life I Am The Door I Am The Bright Morning Star I Am The Way, The Truth, And The Life I Am The Resurrection And The Life I Am The Good Shepherd I Am The Alpha And The Omega The Claims of the Christ: I Am The Alpha And The Omega Revelation 1:1-8If you...

The Claims of the Christ #6: I Am The Good Shepherd

I Am The Bread Of Life I Am The Door I Am The Bright Morning Star I Am The Way, The Truth, And The Life I Am The Resurrection And The Life I Am The Good Shepherd I Am The Alpha And The Omega The Claims of the Christ: I Am The Good Shepherd John 10:11-16Don Locker, a...

His Prayer, Our Prayer #1: Close To His Majesty

Close To His Majesty Soli Deo Gloria Riding On God's Shoulders A Declaration Of Dependence To Forgive And Forget Talk Back To The Devil The Defiant Doxology His Prayer, Our Prayer: Close To His Majesty Psalm 8We call it "The Lord's Prayer." It is, without any...

The Power Of… #2: The Power Of The Master’s Name

The Power of Spiritual Adrenaline The Power of the Master's Name The Power Of Your Influence And The Influence Of Your Power The Power Of The Master's Name Philippians 2:5-11"What's in a name?" Shakespeare asked that question and then answered it—and his answer...

Cross Road #5: No Exit

Agony In A Garden Blind Justice In The Fox’s Den No Exit Human Cruelty And The Gentleness Of God Cross Road: No Exit Luke 23:13-25To put it mildly, Pontius Pilate was on the spot. Was he ever! He was caught between the proverbial "rock and a hard place." He didn't...

Cross Road #3: In The Fox’s Den

Agony In A Garden Blind Justice In The Fox’s Den No Exit Human Cruelty And The Gentleness Of God Cross Road: In The Fox’s Den Luke 23:6-12Today we take what I would call a slight detour on the Cross Road in order to study the encounter between Jesus and King Herod....