Psalm 138: Gratitude

Thank You2

When you thank people in your life, you are helping yourself as much as you are helping others.  Now, you might find it humbling to thank other people—but taking the time to do so creates goodwill, a favorable environment, and even fosters friendship. Researchers discovered the best habit to help nurture happiness in life is […]

Genesis 18:1-14: Having the Last Laugh

Old Woman Laughing

Sarah is an old woman, almost 90 years old.  Her hair is a tired gray, lacking in luster.  Her skin is leathery from years of desert sun.  Many memories of joy fill her, but she still aches inside, empty and hollow, the promise of what could be, which never came. Her husband is a good […]

Luke 10:25-37: Trying to Earn the Inheritance

Inheritance

Love God and love your neighbor.  What could be simpler?  You can condense the entire Law of God in one word: Love.  Is God’s Law that simple?  Not when the lawyers are through with it! A lawyer, an expert in the Torah, came up to Jesus to test Him.  That was his first mistake.  Test […]

Jackie Roschi’s Funeral Sermon

Jackie Roschi2

2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9 Hebrews 11:1-2, 35, 39-12:1-2 Luke 15:1-7   Jackie was an enigma to me.  I don’t mean as a friend but as a pastor.  We met a few years ago, and the specifics of our first meeting are now forgotten memories to me. Jackie was a neighbor and our paths often crossed.  […]

Galatians 6:1-10: Reaping What Was Sown

Everything else being equal, a tried-and-true principle exists in this world: You reap the seeds you sow.  Do you want to harvest a wheat crop during the autumn?  You plant the seed in the spring, harvesting what you earlier planted. This principle is also true when it comes to the evil in life.  Someone who […]

Luke 9:51-62: Preconditions Not Allowed

Jesus sets His gaze on Jerusalem, the city where He will be “taken up.”  “Taken up” is shorthand for dying for the sins of the world, rising to life on the third day, and then returning to the Father in heaven.  Jesus does this all for you and your salvation. So, He goes forward without […]

Psalm 3

Shield with Sword

So, when you woke up this morning, did you arise as royalty?  Whether you felt like you were or not, Scripture says you are.  “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession” (1 Peter 2:9).  You are royalty.  You will reign with God in eternity after Christ returns on […]

Luke 7:36-8:3: Generous Giving is not Accidental

Feast of Simon the Pharisee

Today, Scripture came to us and told us of a woman, a generous one.  She expressed a deep devotion and affection toward Jesus in her generosity, by anointing His feet with expensive perfume. Her story is relational.  Jesus loves her, and she responds with a deep love for Him.  Her story is inclusive, for Jesus […]

Psalm 30: Weeping may lodge for the night, but joy comes in the morning

Psalm 30.5

How well did you sleep well last night?  Were you interrupted by some unexpected “visitor”?  Someone or something came to you in the early hours of the morning.  You tossed and turned, and sleep become a distant memory, even a stranger to you. This nighttime intruder is sinister.  He wakes you up and worms his […]

Galatians 1:1-10: Don’t turn what God does for you into what you do for Him

Burning Barn

Paul begins Galatians by burning down the barn.  “What in the world is wrong with you?  You’re deserting God, who called you to be His people!  You turned away from the Gospel, allowing others to confuse you and lead you away from the truth!”  Words of fire explode off the page.  A righteous anger burns […]