The Old Testament. Do we really need it? Is it that important? It has some great stories and it contains some beautiful poetry. But after all, it is Old.
That’s the attitude that I think many of us take to 2/3 of our Bible, if we aren’t quite sure what to do with it. We sort through it for examples both positive and negative. We shake our head at the rebellion and disbelief of the nation of Israel. And we stumble and fumble through the Law. But do we believe it? Paul considered himself a good Jew. And in his testimony before Festus and the Jewish council, declares his belief and trust in the Older Testament. Read more
The grace of God is a beautiful truth. When we realize what God has done for us it can be overwhelming. But when we encounter difficulty and tragedy, our rest and awe of the grace of God can grow dim. How do we continue to see God’s grace even in the difficulties of life? As we come together this week we will consider God’s good gifts to us by looking at James 1. Read more
We see their mug shots on the news. We quickly drive by them when see the ‘chain gang’ picking up trash on the side of the road. We fear what they have done and what they might do. In our minds, criminals are there because of their bad choices and sins. We think they need help. We doubt they could ever help us. And we would look with suspicion at any of them that would seek to lead or teach or preach to us. After all, they're criminals. Read more