Monthly Archives: October 2012

Revelation 21:1-6a

Revelation 21:1-6a The New Testament begins with the promise of God’s presence: “‘The virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,’ which means, ‘God is with us'” (Matthew 1:23). And, indeed, God came to dwell among us in the person… Continue reading

Psalm 24

Psalm 24 “Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?” the psalmist asks. In other words, who is worthy to enter God’s temple? We might ask a similar question in anticipation of All Saints’ Day: “Who are God’s saints? Who is worthy to enter God’s… Continue reading

Isaiah 25:6-9

Isaiah 25:6-9 Several years back all the small congregations in our area would get together to share ideas of ministry. And what did we spend half our time doing? Eating, of course! That’s what people do for occasions, especially festive ones. We were happily celebrating… Continue reading

A Mighty Fortress is Our God

A Mighty Fortress is Our God We live in a culture that no longer believes in cosmic powers of darkness. Even though many people still claim a belief in God, few people believe that there is a devil. Many say that such beliefs are archaic.… Continue reading

“Lord, Keep Us Steadfast In Your Word”

“Lord, Keep Us Steadfast In Your Word” I may not have served as pastor as long as some, but I have certainly been in the church long enough to know that we sometimes fight over the dumbest things. I have seen a church argue about… Continue reading

John 8:31-38

John 8:31-38 What keeps you in bondage? There are so many things that cause bondage in our day and age. Some people are in bondage to their looks. Some people starve themselves to get thin; others spend lots of money on cosmetic surgery and makeup.… Continue reading

John 8:31-38

John 8:31-38 If you have ever been an outsider, you know just how miserable it feels to want to be a part of a group when you are not allowed in. A fellow I met in a bible study group shared his story with me.… Continue reading

Romans 3:19-28

Romans 3:19-28 I am a boy scout. While my goal was to be an Eagle Scout, I never got past being a Tenderfoot. I am proud that I made it to tenderfoot, as a youth it sometimes felt like a burden to live up to… Continue reading

Psalm 46

Psalm 46 We all know and love Psalm 46. It is definitely one of the more familiar psalms from the Psalter. When we hear a familiar psalm over and over, sometimes the meaning of the words and statements contained in that psalm can escape us.… Continue reading

Jeremiah 31:31-34

Jeremiah 31:31-34 I played several seasons on my high school’s foot ball team. I did occasionally get some playing time in spite of not being a top notch player. I love sports and I just wanted to be part of a team. I wanted to… Continue reading