Saturday, November 27, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
The new year begins for the Christian Calendar on this Sunday, November 28th. So, happy new year! It is the beginning of Advent. A time where we reflect on the coming of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ ---- and prepare our hearts and minds for his coming. I will be preaching on Romans 13.11-14. Verse 14 says: "Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires." There are points in our lives where we make ridiculous statements like: "I need to go and find myself." How does that kind of statement jive with: "Put on the Lord Jesus Christ"? Can you still be yourself and put on the Lord Jesus Christ?
Saturday, November 20, 2010
I just wanted to write a note to all of you that follow my blog. I am so thankful for all of you. You are truly a gift from God and I am thankful that the Lord has placed you in my life. There are times where I am writing that I know that many of you have prayed for me by name and that you have gone out of your way to say that you appreciate the things that I have written. Our Lord is a merciful and gracious God and part of that manifestation is found in your mercy and graciousness. Thank you for your continuing prayers and your involvement in my life. During this season, my prayer is that we can all give thanks for those friendships that surround us with love and grace.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
This coming Sunday we will be talking about what the prophet Jeremiah means when he says: "The Lord is our Righteousness." When I think of righteousness I think of right-standing. That in our relationships with each other we are doing right and in our relationship with God we are doing right. In this passage we could make the point that because the Lord is our righteousness ------ now we can be in right-standing relationship with others. So our ability to live in right relationship with God/others/ourselves/nature is all due to the Lord who is our righteousness. The one who has made us righteous ----- through the righteous act of laying down his life for us. But, this is the intriguing thing to me ----- what is the significance of "the Lord is our Righteousness" being tied to the line of David? Why does there have to be this kingly line?
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
This is a video from a dedication service that I went to in Jamaica. The church that we were at is Content Gap Methodist Church. This is their Sunday School choir. This church was re-dedicated after being destroyed by a hurricane around 3 years ago. There was much to celebrate that night ----- and this is a small example of that celebration. If you are having a hard time viewing this email click on this link and it will bring you to my blog.