Viola Steward’s Funeral Sermon

Isaiah 26:14, 1 Corinthians 15:51-17, and John 14:3   Today, while we mourn the loss of Viola, that’s not the only reason we are here. Although we want to celebrate the life of Viola, that’s not the only reason we are here. We are feeling many emotions, but even they aren’t the only reasons we are here. And it’s true that we do need… [more]

Viola Steward’s Funeral Sermon Viola Steward's Funeral Sermon

John 1:19-28: Not the Messiah We are Expecting

Many folks like to talk about themselves, whether they will admit it or not. Such talk can even be a sign of our fallen nature having its way in our lives. Such talk reveals that life is about me--not others, not God, or not even about God for me. But John the Baptizer acted differently. He didn’t like talking about himself. We can see that in… [more]

John 1:19-28: Not the Messiah We are Expecting John 1:19-28: Not the Messiah We are Expecting

1 Corinthians: Lesson 2: 1:10-31: God’s Contrarian Ways

Last week, we learned how Paul and Sosthenes (Silas) organized 1 Corinthians, using many elements of Greek rhetoric in that letter. They also wrote an extended greeting, in which they dropped hints to the content within the letter that would follow. Further, although 1 Corinthians has two authors, it also has extended parts where Sosthenes is silent… [more]

1 Corinthians: Lesson 2: 1:10-31: God’s Contrarian Ways 1 Corinthians: Lesson 2: 1:10-31: God’s Contrarian Ways

Micah 5:2-5a, Revelation 12:1-5a: The Bread of Life gives you His life in His Church, His House of Bread

Great is the mystery, worthy of all telling. The Word became Flesh and tabernacled among us. Who would have known it? Who would have done it that way? A virgin mother will give birth to a Son; the Creator will join His creatures. The Infinite will contain Himself within the finite. God will become Man--and that Man is now God. God will be with us, born… [more]

Micah 5:2-5a, Revelation 12:1-5a: The Bread of Life gives you His life in His Church, His House of Bread Micah 5:2-5a, Revelation 12:1-5a: The Bread of Life gives you His life in His Church, His House of Bread

1 Corinthians 4:1: Stewards of the Mysteries of God

When Jesus started His New-Covenant Church, fulfilling what came before, He didn’t hand out copies of the Bible and tell people to read it. Neither did He command His Apostles to do the same. He commanded them to do other things. And how God is at work through those things can be mysterious to our fallen minds. Throughout history, we find huge… [more]

1 Corinthians 4:1: Stewards of the Mysteries of God 1 Corinthians 4:1: Stewards of the Mysteries of God